Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. was born in Piedmont, West Virginia on September 16, 1950 to Henry, Sr. and Pauline Coleman. Today, he is a world-renowned scholar and educator and the Alphonse Fletcher Professor at Harvard University.
“This is the making of a president, witnessed from a front-row seat, as it unfolded from its first day to its last. With the help of more than a dozen one-on-one interviews with the candidate and then president—as well as scores of sessions with his trusted aides, friends and family—this account is an attempt to translate the enigma of Barack Obama, to answer the questions of who he is and what ay behind his rise from freshman senator to forty-fourth president of the United States of America.” - Excerpted from Chapter One, “Change” (pages 5-6)
Back In 1996, riots broke out in St. Petersburg, FA following the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Black driver by cops who had incorrectly suspected him of stealing a vehicle. During the disturbances which ensued, a police officer was shot and 28 fires were set by rampaging hordes of African American youths.
(NNPA) - E. Lynn Harris, the author of best-selling novels about the African-American gay community, has died at age 54, according to the Associated Press. Publicist Laura Gilmore told AP that Harris died Thursday night, July 23, after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. According to reports, the cause of death had not yet been determined.
Book review: “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce Swedien
You know it by the first five notes. Within three seconds of hearing that beat, you know you’re listening to “Billy Jean” or “Thriller”. There’s no doubt “Off the Wall” has started or “Beat It” will make you want to dance. And there’s no doubt that Michael Jackson had talent. But while he sang those songs and made up those moves, he didn’t do those million-selling albums by himself. In the new book “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce Swedien, you’ll find out how those blockbusters happened and who was involved.
Will Smith’s son set to begin acting career in “Kung Fu Kid”
(Taylor Media Services) Jaden Smith, son of Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, will soon hit the big screen opposite martial arts master Jackie Chan in “Kung Fu Kid.” The film is a spin-off of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid.” It is being produced by the Will Smith production company Overbrook Entertainment.
Jasmine Guy directs Robin Givens in “For Colored Girls …”
(Taylor Media Services) Actress Jasmine Guy has taken on the role of director in a True Colors Theatre production of Ntozake Shange’s play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf.” Guy is directing Robin Givens and Nicole Ari Parker. The production began July 15 at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center and runs through August 9.
Scott Leitz, MNsure CEO. Walter Griffin and Anthony Taylor, Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota. 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and SPPS Freedom Schools: Rev. Dr. Darcel Hill, director of St. Paul Public Schools Freedom Schools Initiative. Jon Peterson, director of St. Paul Public Schools Office of College and Career Readiness.