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Tag: Black History Month

Stephanie Mills is a living legend, known as a "the little lady with a big voice, whose career has stretched four decades.

Feb 14: Black History Maker, Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills was born March 22, 1957, in Bedford Stuyvesant. The youngest of six children, Mills honed her rich vocals singing gospel music at Brooklyn's Cornerstone Baptist Church as a small child. By age 9, Mills appeared in her first ...

Feb 13: Black History Maker, Big Daddy Kane

Feb 13: Black History Maker, Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane, born Antonio Hardy on September 10, 1968, in Bedford Stuyvesant, is widely considered one of the most skilled MCs and charismatic entertainers in hip-hop. Not only was he a gifted lyricist, but he was also a class ...

The gutsy "Woman of the Year" made Wall Street respect Bed-Stuy

Feb 12: Black History Maker, Ernesta G. Procope

More than fifty-five years ago, Ernesta G. Procope formed E.G. Bowman Company, Inc., in Bedford Stuyvesant to provide auto and homeowners insurance services to her underserved community. Thanks to her energetic entrepreneurship, the agency grew and prospered. But by the ...

Michael Jordan is widely considered one of the best basketball players of all time

Feb 11: Black History Maker, Michael Jordan

Professional basketball player, Olympic athlete and businessperson Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Bedford Stuyvesant. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when Jordan was very young. Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. He ...

Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City

Feb 9: Black History Maker, Jay-Z

One of the greatest, most successful hip-hop artists of all time, Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969, in Bedford Stuyvesant. Carter's father, Adnes Reeves, left the family when Carter was only 11 years old. The young ...

Lena Horne broke barriers as one of the first, highly acclaimed black actresses in Hollywood who used her status to speak on behalf of civil rights for all

Feb 8: Brooklyn History Maker, Lena Horne

Singer and actress Lena Calhoun Horne was born in Bedford Stuyvesant on June 30, 1917. All four of her grandparents were industrious members of Brooklyn's black middle class. Her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Cora Horne, were early members of the ...

Richie Havens was one of the most recognizable voices in popular folk music.

Feb 7: Black History Maker, Richie Havens

  Richard P. "Richie" Havens was born January 21, 1941, in Bedford Stuyvesant. At an early age, he began organizing his neighborhood friends into street corner doo-wop groups and was performing with The McCrea Gospel Singers at 16. At the ...

Shirley Chisholm

Feb 4: Black History Maker, Shirley Chisholm

As the first African-American woman elected to Congress, and the first woman and African American to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Shirley Chisholm was a true trailblazer who remained Unbought and Unbossed --  her motto and the title of her first ...

Hattie Carthan, Black History Makers, Black History Month, Brooklyn

Feb 3: Black History Maker, Hattie Carthan

Hattie Carthan was a community activist and environmentalist who was instrumental in improving the quality of life of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Nancy Wolf, a friend of Ms. Carthan once remarked, "Hattie Carthan was green long before anyone knew what green was about." ...

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Black History Month, Black History Makers, Brooklyn, Born in Brooklyn, Flatbush

Feb 2: Brooklyn Black History Maker, Jean-Michel Basquiat

A poet, musician, and art prodigy, Jean-Michel Basquiat is arguably the  most celebrated-- and possibly most commercially exploited-- American painters of the Neo-Expressionism/punk art movement. So much has been written about Basquiat’s almost mythic persona and role in reviving NYC’s ...

Dana Houghton, Aaliyah, Black History Month, Black History Makers, Brooklyn

Feb 1: Brooklyn Black History Maker, Aaliyah

Singer, actress Aaliyah was born Dana Haughton, on January 16, 1979, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The youngest child of Diane and Michael Haughton, Aaliyah means "highest, most exalted one" in Arabic. When Aaliyah was five years old, her family moved to ...

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Senator Urges Schools to Teach Kids Black History

Black History Rarely do history classes teach children of color about the cultural contributions of their forebears, but State Senator Jesse Hamilton and Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson have proposed a bill that will require New York ...

Global Warming Weekend Events Guide

The weekend is here! But have no fear, as I've got a few event recommendations to make it all worthwhile. The temperature will be unseasonably warm and you should pay homage to your fellow humans causing global warming-- those folks ...

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