Monthly Archives February 2009

2009 State Of The Union Address

2009 State Of The Union Address

February 24, 2009
President Barack Obama
First State Of The Union Address

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Yabba, Dabba, What The?? Meet The Neighbors

Yabba, Dabba, What The?? Meet The Neighbors

Deep from the Hanna-Barbera vault, looks like there were some plans for re-coloring the neighborhood of our favorite stoned-aged family in Bedrock. Fred and Barney, meet your new neighbors, meet The Blackstones.

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President Obama Signs The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

President Obama Signs The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2009
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT
AT SIGNING OF THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver, Colorado
12:50 P.M. MST

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Collecting Black History. Investing in You

Collecting Black History. Investing in You

Investment Aspects of Black History Collecting

Black History is Now an Industry and is Becoming a Big Business:

What African Americans have said, done, produced and been through is now the focus of an ownership explosion. An increasing number of people want to do more than just hear about it, read about it or argue about it – they want to own it and accumulate it. Like it or not, various types of Black history and culture is being sought after, bought, sold and collected on a scale that was unimaginable 10 years ago.

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Black Like Me

Black Like Me

This is one of the most important and significant times in Black History. To celebrate the election of a Black man as the 44th President of the United States, as well as the many achievements of Black Americans, I have selected a few of my favorite historical figures from the Museum collection to profile.

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Barack Obama: The First Nerd President?

Barack Obama: The First Nerd President?

Barack Obama: The First Nerd President? Let’s find out…

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Don’t Believe The Hype

Don’t Believe The Hype

 

" Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant shit to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother fuck him and John Wayne
Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps…"

— Fight the Power
Public Enemy
From the 1998 soundtrack from Do The Right Thing
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Broadway In Black

Broadway In Black

 

With the number of new Black Broadway shows that have opened in the past few years, like The Color Purple, there has been much written about the increase in Black attendance on Broadway. However, Blacks have been acting, writing, scoring and attending Broadway shows since the late 1800’s, so it’s not a new phenomenon. Here is a chronological history of the Great White Way in Black from 1896 – Present.

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Bad Bad Mrs.

Bad Bad Mrs.

Yeah, yeah
You are a bad bad Mrs.
In them skin tight britches

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Aunt Jemima, Rastus and My Main Man Uncle Ben

Aunt Jemima, Rastus and My Main Man Uncle Ben

 

I find it ironic that today you see very few Blacks featured in advertising, but at the turn of the last century Black faces were used to sell everything from chemicals to oysters. Everyone is familiar with Aunt Jemima (Pancakes and Syrup), Rastus (Cream of Wheat) and Uncle Ben (Rice), but there were many who preceded and followed this famous trio of Black pitch people.

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Black Women Take On Broadway

Black Women Take On Broadway

 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway
They say there’s always magic in the air

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For The Love Of Money

For The Love Of Money

 

One More for the Money

Clarence Holbert has made a career of having designs on currency.

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Funky Dollar Bill Ya’ll

Funky Dollar Bill Ya’ll

 

By now the whole world knows we have a Black man in the White House. But did you know that there are also Black folks on money? Talkin’ bout’ cash money, dollar bill ya’ll? Did you know that Black folks have also designed money?

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