Amos 'N' Andy was the rare controversial TV program that's maintained its controversy for more than 60 years since its initial broadcast. In 1926 it started as a comedy series named "Sam 'n' Henry" on Chicago's WGN radio station. It later became "Amos 'N' Andy two years later. by 1951 Amos 'N' Andy became a television… Continue reading First African American TV Series
The iconic Betty Boop character was inspired by an African American jazz singer in Harlem. The inspiration of the cartoon has been traced back to Esther Jones, who was also known as "Baby Esther". She performed regularly in the Cotton Club during the 1920s. Betty Boop is a cartoon introduced by Max Fletcher in 1930.… Continue reading The Real Betty Boop!
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was born on January 18,1856 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Williams set up his own practice in the south of Chicago and taught anatomy at hi alma mater. He became the first African American physician to work for the city's street railway system. May of 1891, Williams opened Provident Hospital and Training School… Continue reading First African American to perform Heart Surgeon
On this day in 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcasted nationally for the first time. Oprah Winfrey is the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show. Winfrey began her TV career as a local news anchor in Nashville and Baltimore. She then moved to Chicago in 1984 to host a low-rated morning talk… Continue reading Oprah Winfrey Show Broadcasted Nationally
Many Inventors are known for one main invention, but not Garret Morgan. Garret Morgan was the inventor of the traffic light and gas masks. Morgan was the son of former slaves and was born in Paris, Kentucky. His curiosity and innovation led to many inventions we still use today. Morgan witnessed a collision between an… Continue reading Inventor of the Traffic Signal & Gas Mask
Tony Dungy was born October 6, 1955 in Jackson, Michigan Dungy was a great student and standout athlete.. Dungy went to the University of Minnesota on a full football scholarship and played as the starting quarter back. After failing to get selected in the 1977 NFL draft, Dungy tried out for the Pittsburg Steelers and… Continue reading First African American Head Coach to win a Super Bowl
Carole Ann-Marie Gist, born May 8, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan. Gist is of African American and Cherokee heritage. Gist won the title of Miss Michigan USA in 1989 and then won the title of Miss America March 2, 1990. She was the first contestant from Michigan to win Miss USA and broke the 5 year… Continue reading First African American to Win Miss USA