Leslie Mayes

Today I did a story at an elementary school.  I didn’t feel old, then I saw this…
Apr 7

Today I did a story at an elementary school. I didn’t feel old, then I saw this…

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A Different World was an American sitcom created by Bill Cosby.  A spinoff of The Cosby Show, A Different World told the stories of students enrolled at the fictional historically Black school, Hillman College.  

In its debut season, A Different World starred Lisa Bonet, who played Huxtable daughter Denise on The Cosby Show, as a freshman at Hillman trying to find her way through her first year away from home.  Subsequent seasons of the show would tell the stories of a host of different Hillman students from assorted backgrounds finding success, love and understanding in college.

Directed by actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, A Different World was noted for its tackling of controversial social and economic issues of the day, including apartheid and divestiture from South Africa, domestic violence and the then new HIV/AIDS epidemic.  

Its been said that following A Different World’s debut, applications and enrollment at historically black colleges and universities across the country increased dramatically— a direct result of the show’s portrayal of black college life. 

A Different World ran for six seasons beginning in 1987 and ending in 1993.
Feb 28

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A Different World was an American sitcom created by Bill Cosby. A spinoff of The Cosby Show, A Different World told the stories of students enrolled at the fictional historically Black school, Hillman College.

In its debut season, A Different World starred Lisa Bonet, who played Huxtable daughter Denise on The Cosby Show, as a freshman at Hillman trying to find her way through her first year away from home. Subsequent seasons of the show would tell the stories of a host of different Hillman students from assorted backgrounds finding success, love and understanding in college.

Directed by actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, A Different World was noted for its tackling of controversial social and economic issues of the day, including apartheid and divestiture from South Africa, domestic violence and the then new HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Its been said that following A Different World’s debut, applications and enrollment at historically black colleges and universities across the country increased dramatically— a direct result of the show’s portrayal of black college life.

A Different World ran for six seasons beginning in 1987 and ending in 1993.

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Shonda Rhimes is the creator and executive producer of several highly successful American television programs including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice” and “Scandal.”

Born in Chicago in 1970, Rhimes is a graduate of Dartmouth College.  

Rhimes began her career as a short film and research director for several documentary and made for television movie projects.  Rhimes is the writer of the 1999 HBO biopic “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” starring Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.

Rhimes career began to soar in 2005 with the debut of “Grey’s Anatomy” a drama following the lives of several medical residents in Seattle hospital.   Most recently, Rhimes has captivated television audiences with her latest TV drama, “Scandal” which debuted in 2012 and follows the often scandalous life love and work of fictional Washington, DC crisis management “fixer” Olivia Pope.

Rhimes latest television pilot, “How to Get Away With Murder” is set to star actress Viola Davis.

#Scandal #TV
#ScandalReturns
Feb 27

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Shonda Rhimes is the creator and executive producer of several highly successful American television programs including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice” and “Scandal.”

Born in Chicago in 1970, Rhimes is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Rhimes began her career as a short film and research director for several documentary and made for television movie projects. Rhimes is the writer of the 1999 HBO biopic “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” starring Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.

Rhimes career began to soar in 2005 with the debut of “Grey’s Anatomy” a drama following the lives of several medical residents in Seattle hospital. Most recently, Rhimes has captivated television audiences with her latest TV drama, “Scandal” which debuted in 2012 and follows the often scandalous life love and work of fictional Washington, DC crisis management “fixer” Olivia Pope.

Rhimes latest television pilot, “How to Get Away With Murder” is set to star actress Viola Davis.

#Scandal #TV
#ScandalReturns

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Tamron Hall is an American journalist and the host of “New Nation” on MSNBC.  Monday it was announced that Hall is officially signing on as a co-host of the Today Show, becoming the program’s first African American female co-host in its 62 year history.

A native of Luling, Texas, Hall began her television career as a reporter at KBTX in Bryan, Texas.  Hall then made the jump to KTVT in Dallas and later to WFLD in Chicago where she spent a decade as a general assignment reporter and morning anchor.  Hall joined MSNBC in 2007.
Since the 2004 death of her sister Renate who was a victim of domestic violence, Hall has been an advocate on the issue and is involved with several organizations that work to stop dating violence.

Hall is a graduate of Temple University. 

In her new role, Hall will co-host Today’s third hour “Today’s Take” alongside Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.
Feb 25

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Tamron Hall is an American journalist and the host of “New Nation” on MSNBC. Monday it was announced that Hall is officially signing on as a co-host of the Today Show, becoming the program’s first African American female co-host in its 62 year history.

A native of Luling, Texas, Hall began her television career as a reporter at KBTX in Bryan, Texas. Hall then made the jump to KTVT in Dallas and later to WFLD in Chicago where she spent a decade as a general assignment reporter and morning anchor. Hall joined MSNBC in 2007.

Since the 2004 death of her sister Renate who was a victim of domestic violence, Hall has been an advocate on the issue and is involved with several organizations that work to stop dating violence.

Hall is a graduate of Temple University.

In her new role, Hall will co-host Today’s third hour “Today’s Take” alongside Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.

Founded 1921, for nearly a century Camp Atwater has been the premier summer sleepaway camp for African American children.

Spread over more than 70 acres in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, every summer leaders at Camp Atwater set out with the goal of developing campers in four ways: physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally.  Campers take part in activities and classes including swimming, fencing, lacrosse, career awareness and boating. 

The camp is both owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield.

Camp Atwater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.  

#BlackHistoryMonth #Summer
Feb 24

Founded 1921, for nearly a century Camp Atwater has been the premier summer sleepaway camp for African American children.

Spread over more than 70 acres in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, every summer leaders at Camp Atwater set out with the goal of developing campers in four ways: physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally. Campers take part in activities and classes including swimming, fencing, lacrosse, career awareness and boating.

The camp is both owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield.

Camp Atwater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

#BlackHistoryMonth #Summer

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1949, Gil Scott-Heron was the original rapper.  

Scott-Heron would eventually receive fame and critical acclaim for his combining of spoken word poetry with jazz and blues infused melodies to make music that also doubled as social commentary.   

Scott-Heron is perhaps best known for his 1970 piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

"Winter In America" released in 1974, is cited as one of Scott-Heron’s best albums.  Through tracks like "The Bottle" he detailed the difficult plight of many in America’s inner cities and the continued torment wrought by racial and class division in America.

During his career, Scott-Heron released 24 studio and live albums.

After struggling with drug addiction for many years, Scott-Heron passed away in 2011 at the age of 62.

"The Last Holiday", Scott-Heron’s memoirs, on which he’d been working at the time of his death, was published posthumously in 2012.

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
Feb 22

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1949, Gil Scott-Heron was the original rapper.

Scott-Heron would eventually receive fame and critical acclaim for his combining of spoken word poetry with jazz and blues infused melodies to make music that also doubled as social commentary.

Scott-Heron is perhaps best known for his 1970 piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

"Winter In America" released in 1974, is cited as one of Scott-Heron’s best albums. Through tracks like "The Bottle" he detailed the difficult plight of many in America’s inner cities and the continued torment wrought by racial and class division in America.

During his career, Scott-Heron released 24 studio and live albums.

After struggling with drug addiction for many years, Scott-Heron passed away in 2011 at the age of 62.

"The Last Holiday", Scott-Heron’s memoirs, on which he’d been working at the time of his death, was published posthumously in 2012.

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939, Tina Turner is the singer known around the world as the “Queen of Rock & Roll” for both her music and her amazing story or triumph.

Turner would first find fame in the 1950s and 60s while singing with her then husband, the late Ike Turner, as part of his musical group and later as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Review.  Among the duo’s hits were “A Fool In Love” and “Proud Mary.”  While the couple’s musical relationship was a tremendous success, their marriage was anything but according to Tina.  She chronicled years of her abuse at the hands of Ike in her 1986 autobiography, “I, Tina”.

After divorcing Ike in 1978, Turner launched a solo career and would eventually find global fame beginning with the album “Private Dancer” which featured the hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”  A movie of the same name chronicling Turner’s life and starring actress Angela Bassett would be released in 1993.

Turner has won 8 Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records.  In 1991, Turner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  

Turner is currently a citizen of Switzerland.  In 2013, Turner married her longtime love Erwin Bach in a ceremony at their Swiss home.  

#BlackHistoryMonth #Rock&Roll
Feb 17

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939, Tina Turner is the singer known around the world as the “Queen of Rock & Roll” for both her music and her amazing story or triumph.

Turner would first find fame in the 1950s and 60s while singing with her then husband, the late Ike Turner, as part of his musical group and later as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Review. Among the duo’s hits were “A Fool In Love” and “Proud Mary.” While the couple’s musical relationship was a tremendous success, their marriage was anything but according to Tina. She chronicled years of her abuse at the hands of Ike in her 1986 autobiography, “I, Tina”.

After divorcing Ike in 1978, Turner launched a solo career and would eventually find global fame beginning with the album “Private Dancer” which featured the hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” A movie of the same name chronicling Turner’s life and starring actress Angela Bassett would be released in 1993.

Turner has won 8 Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records. In 1991, Turner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Turner is currently a citizen of Switzerland. In 2013, Turner married her longtime love Erwin Bach in a ceremony at their Swiss home.

#BlackHistoryMonth #Rock&Roll

Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1959.

Johnson would become known to the world as “Magic” for his surreal skills on the basketball court.  After a successful college career as the star player on the Michigan State University men’s basketball team, Johnson would be the first player drafted in the 1979 NBA Draft when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers.  

Johnson’s career with the Lakers would become the stuff of basketball legend.  He would lead the team to 5 NBA Championships.  He was voted league MVP 3 times and would make a dozen All-Star appearances.  Johnson was also a member of the Dream Team— the 1992 US Men’s Olympic Basketball team that won Gold.  

Johnson made international headlines in 1991 when he announced that he had contracted HIV and would be retiring from the game of basketball.  Johnson’s announcement is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in American history that changed the world’s understanding of HIV and AIDS.  

Since his retirement  from basketball, Johnson has launched a wildly successful second act as a businessman.  Launching Magic Johnson Enterprises, Johnson’s portfolio includes a movie theater chain, Starbucks franchises, a pre-paid MasterCard and a television network (Aspire) among other ventures.  Magic Johnson Enterprises is valued in excess of 700 million dollars.  

In 2012, Johnson again made history with his purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. 

#BlackHistoryMonth #Magic #NBAAllStar #AllStar
Feb 16

Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1959.

Johnson would become known to the world as “Magic” for his surreal skills on the basketball court. After a successful college career as the star player on the Michigan State University men’s basketball team, Johnson would be the first player drafted in the 1979 NBA Draft when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Johnson’s career with the Lakers would become the stuff of basketball legend. He would lead the team to 5 NBA Championships. He was voted league MVP 3 times and would make a dozen All-Star appearances. Johnson was also a member of the Dream Team— the 1992 US Men’s Olympic Basketball team that won Gold.

Johnson made international headlines in 1991 when he announced that he had contracted HIV and would be retiring from the game of basketball. Johnson’s announcement is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in American history that changed the world’s understanding of HIV and AIDS.

Since his retirement from basketball, Johnson has launched a wildly successful second act as a businessman. Launching Magic Johnson Enterprises, Johnson’s portfolio includes a movie theater chain, Starbucks franchises, a pre-paid MasterCard and a television network (Aspire) among other ventures. Magic Johnson Enterprises is valued in excess of 700 million dollars.

In 2012, Johnson again made history with his purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

#BlackHistoryMonth #Magic #NBAAllStar #AllStar

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is located in Baltimore, Maryland and was founded in 1983.

As it’s name suggests, it’s a museum dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience through wax sculptures.  It currently holds more than 100 wax figures and scenes including the likenesses of Benjamin Banneker, Emmett Till, Harriet Tubman and more.

The museum claims a primary goal of stimulating “an interest in African American history by revealing the little-known, often-neglected facts of history.”

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum hosts about 300,000 visitors annually.

#BlackHistoryMonth
Feb 9

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is located in Baltimore, Maryland and was founded in 1983.

As it’s name suggests, it’s a museum dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience through wax sculptures. It currently holds more than 100 wax figures and scenes including the likenesses of Benjamin Banneker, Emmett Till, Harriet Tubman and more.

The museum claims a primary goal of stimulating “an interest in African American history by revealing the little-known, often-neglected facts of history.”

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum hosts about 300,000 visitors annually.

#BlackHistoryMonth

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)

In 1969 Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress.  She represented the people of Brooklyn, New York in the 12th Congressional District for seven terms, ending in 1983.  

Chisholm is also remembered for her 1972 run for President of the United States.  With the campaign slogan “Unbought & Unbossed” she became the first major party African American candidate, male or female, to make a serious bid for the White House.  

Chisholm died in Florida in 2005.  

The United States Postal Service recently unveiled a stamp bearing Chisholm’s likeness as the latest installment in its “Black Heritage” collection.

#BlackHistoryMonth
Feb 6

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)

In 1969 Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress. She represented the people of Brooklyn, New York in the 12th Congressional District for seven terms, ending in 1983.

Chisholm is also remembered for her 1972 run for President of the United States. With the campaign slogan “Unbought & Unbossed” she became the first major party African American candidate, male or female, to make a serious bid for the White House.

Chisholm died in Florida in 2005.

The United States Postal Service recently unveiled a stamp bearing Chisholm’s likeness as the latest installment in its “Black Heritage” collection.

#BlackHistoryMonth