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Nicki Minaj
"Duke" Ellington
Mariah Carey
Foxy Brown
Lauryn Hill
Etta James
Billie Holiday
Big Mama Thornton
Miles Davis
Thelonious Monk
Louis Armstrong
Nipsey Hussle
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Michael Jackson
James Brown
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hoodcrimedrama film written and directed by John Singleton in his feature directorial debut. It stars Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, Regina King, and Angela Bassett. Boyz n the Hood follows Tre Styles (Gooding Jr.), who is sent to live with his father Furious Styles (Fishburne) in South Central Los Angeles, surrounded by the neighborhood's booming gang culture. The film's title is a double entendre; a play on the term boyhood and a reference to the 1987 Eazy-E rap song of the same name, written by Ice Cube.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969), by Sam Greenlee, is the fictional story of Dan Freeman, the first black CIA officer, and of the CIA's history of training persons and political groups who later used their specialised training in gathering intelligence, political subversion, and guerrilla warfare against the CIA.

The Education of Sonny Carson is a 1974 American blaxploitation drama film based on the best-selling autobiography of Sonny Carson. "The Education Of Sonny Carson" is such a moving film that brilliantly portrays the struggles and survival of ghetto life in 1950's Brooklyn,based on the best-selling autobiography by Sonny Carson,this is one of those films that is rarely forgotten,but it is still a visually stunning piece of film-making from the golden age of 1970's Black Cinema. The film was directed by The Mack director Michael Campus, and starring Rony Clanton, Don Gordon, Joyce Walker, Paul Benjamin, and Mary Alice.

New Jack City is a 1991 American crime thriller film based upon an original story and written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper, and directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut as he also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson, and Bill Cobbs. The film was released in the United States on March 8, 1991. Wesley Snipes plays Nino Brown, a rising drug lord in New York City during the crack epidemic. Ice-T plays Scotty Appleton, a detective who vows to stop Nino's criminal activity by going undercover to work for Nino's gang.

Super Fly is a 1972 American blaxploitationneo-noircrimedrama film starring Ron O'Neal as Youngblood Priest, an African American cocaine dealer who is trying to quit the underworld drug business. The film is well known for its soundtrack, written and produced by soul musician Curtis Mayfield. It was released on August 4, 1972.

Claudine is a 1974 American romanticcomedy-drama film, starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, and directed by John Berry. The film was released on April 22, 1974, grossing about $6 million, a modest hit for the times. It was praised for showing a new dimension in black cinema during the height of blaxploitation.

Cathay Williams, an African-American soldier who enlisted in the United States Army while dressed and posed as a Male under the pseudonym William Cathay.She was reportedly the first Black woman to enlist, and the only documented woman, to serve in the United States Army posing as a man. Her true identity was discovered during a medical exam.

Cheryl Adrienne Browne Hollingsworth, Miss Iowa 1970, was the first black contestant in the history of the Miss Iowa pageant and the Miss America pageant (1971) That was following the abolition of the pageant's rule, “contestants must be of good health and of the white race.”

In 1954 Betty White had a talk show and faced criticism for including a black tap dancer, Arthur Duncan, on her show. Betty responded with “I’m sorry. Deal with it” and gave Duncan more airtime. Her show was cancelled afterwards.
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On November 5 1968, Shirley Chisholm became first black woman elected to the United States Congress.

In 1914, Garrett T Morgan patented his invention, the Gas Mask. His invention saved countless lives. Learn more here

Dr. Alexa Canady. She became the first black woman to become a neurosurgeon in 1981. She also co-invented a device to treat fluid buildup in the brain. Learn more here

The 369th Infantry Regiment, The Harlem Hellfighters. The Harlem Hellfighters were an African-American infantry unit in WWI who spent more time in combat than any other American unit.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of pilots who overcame racism and prejudice, becoming decorated war heroes of WWII.

Did you know Cornrows were used to help slaves escape slavery? Slaves used cornrows to transfer and create maps to leave plantations.It is most documented in Colombia where Benkos Bioho, came up with the idea to have women create maps & deliver messages through their cornrows.

Selma Burke was a sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement, best known for a bas relief portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt She never received credit for her portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt which was later featured on the US dime.

In 1847, Missouri banned education for black people. John Berry Meachum went ahead and equipped a steamboat with a library, desks, chairs and opened a 'Floating Freedom School'

George Washington Carver (c. 1864 – January 5, 1943) was an American agricultural scientist and inventor who promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. He was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century. Did you know that George Washington Carver was also an artist? At the age of 30, Carver gained acceptance to Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he was the first Black student. Carver studied piano and art.

Lonnie Johnson, NASA engineer, invented the Super Soaker. He made your childhood hot summers fun. Learn more here

Mary Beatrice Kenner changed the world of feminine care with the invention of the sanitary belt, the forerunner of the self-adhesive maxi pad. Her creation was considered by most to be the first form of modern menstruation protection, which led to the creation of the maxi pad.Although she never became wealthy for her inventions, she filed more patents than any other black woman in history. Some include; Bathroom tissue holder, Shower wall and bathtub mounted back washer

Bass Reeves ( The Lone Ranger )was a famed lawman in the 1800s. Originally born into slavery, Reeves became one of the first Black deputy U.S. marshals, in the West.He worked in law enforcement for over 30 years and reportedly made over 3,000 arrests of felons, killing 14 outlaws in self defense. He even had to arrest his own son Bennie Reeves after he was charged with the murder of his wife.

Cherokee Bill was known as one of the most vicious outlaws in the West. was an outlaw who operated in Indian territory (Oklahoma) and led a gang of thieves and murderers in the late 1800s.Crawford lived to be just twenty years old as he was hanged for his many crimes. He earned his nickname through his mother, who was part Native American, and a Cherokee Freedman.He was responsible for murdering eight men, including his brother-in-law, and with his accomplices went on a crime spree robbing banks, stagecoaches and stores.

Rufus Buck, led the Rufus Buck gang, which was made up of African American and Native American members.Rufus Gang are credited with a number of crimes across 1895 and 1896, including multiple murders and rape. They were eventually captured and hanged for their crimes in July 1896 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Bill Pickett was a rodeo performer and actor, and in 1989 was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. He's also credited with inventing the technique of bulldogging which is when ranchers grab cattle by the horns and wrestle them to the ground. His family's ancestry is African American and Cherokee.

Nat Love, who was a real cowboy born in Tennessee in 1854. Known as "Deadwood Dick". Nate earned that nickname after winning a rodeo in South Dakota.He moved to the West when he was 16 to herd cattle.As he tells it, he could hit anything within range of his Colt .45 revolvers or Winchester Model rifle, but killed only out of self-defense.  He released an autobiography in 1907 called, Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as 'Deadwood Dick,' by Himself. The book recounts events in his life, including how he became an expert marksman and crossed paths with other famous cowboys like Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid and more.