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Google Celebrates Black History Month

It is incredibly awesome to see an organization like Google recognize the contributions and necessity of a diverse workforce. Google is partnering with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Black Founders and NewMe to host a celebration in honor of Black History Month. This event will be held at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View on Tuesday February 5, …

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Black History – The Future Looks Bright [infographic]

Black History Month isn’t officially for a couple of months, but I wanted to get a head start on some positive news about the continual positive momentum within the African-American community. I really like this infographic that shows population growth, veteran status, education achievements, and the growth of black-owned businesses. Poverty levels and health insurance coverage are still aspects that …

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Carter G. Woodson

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Black History Month – Day 19 Spotlight: Carter G. Woodson Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. He recognized and acted upon the importance of a people having an awareness and …

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Tuskegee Airmen

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Black History Month – Day 18 Spotlight: Tuskegee Airmen The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United …

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Michael Jordan

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Black History Month – Day 17 Spotlight: Michael Jordan You figure since I named my child after Jordan I need to have him somewhere in this Black History Month Spotlight. What more fitting of a day to talk about the greatest player ever – period, than on his birthday. Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, …

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Frederick Douglass

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Black History Month – Day 16 Spotlight: Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He became a major speaker …

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Madam C.J. Walker

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Black History Month – Day 15 Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker Madam C.J. Walker (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), born Sarah Breedlove, was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker …

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Quincy Jones

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Black History Month – Day 14 Spotlight: Quincy Jones Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is synonymous with the term ‘American musician’. Born March 14, 1933, Jones is a conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter who is enjoying a career that spans six decades in the entertainment industry. Jones has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and …

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Bill Cosby

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Black History Month – Day 13 Spotlight: Bill Cosby For me, another great contributor in American history – partly due to the family relation (yes Bill Cosby is a distant cousin of my family, as is Arthur Ashe). Mr. William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. was born in Philadelphia on July 12, 1937. He is a world-known comedian, actor, author, television …

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Arsenio Hall

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Black History Month – Day 12 Spotlight: Arsenio Hall Actor, comedian, and former talk show host Arsenio Hall just celebrated his birthday – he was born February 12, 1955. Arsenio is best known for his talk show The Arsenio Hall Show, which ran between 1989 and 1994, and his roles in the films Coming to America and Harlem Nights. Hall was …

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BET: Black Entertainment Television

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Black History Month – Day 11 Spotlight: BET (Black Entertainment Television) Black Entertainment Television is a Viacom-owned cable network based in Washington, D.C. It is the most prominent television network targeting young Black-American audiences and is the leading provider of Black-American cultural and entertainment-based programming. The network was launched on January 25, 1980, by its founder, Robert L. Johnson. Most …

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Ambassador Susan E. Rice

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Black History Month – Day 10 Spotlight: Ambassador Susan E. Rice Ambassador Susan E. Rice serves as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and is a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. She was unanimously confirmed to this position by the U.S. Senate on January 22, 2009. Ambassador Rice believes that the United Nations has a vital role in …

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Muhammad Ali

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I have a confession to make. If you’ve been following our efforts here on INFOtainment News, you’ll know that this, Black History Month Spotlight, is a new series for us. We’ve done the extremely popular Personality Profile series and had great success from a readership and sharing perspective. But this is different. Not only do I feel a personal obligation to …

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Oprah Winfrey

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Black History Month – Day 8 Spotlight: Oprah Winfrey Here is a very complex individual – it’s extremely challenging to consolidated the life works, thus far, of someone like Oprah Winfrey. Born on January 29, 1954 Oprah is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated …

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Chris Rock

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Black History Month – Day 7 Spotlight: Chris Rock We wish Chris Rock a Happy Birthday on this 7th day of February. You know him as the wildly popular comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. But not everyone realized that he’s received a few other impressive accolades – In the US, he was voted as the 5th …

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Arthur Ashe

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Black History Month – Day 6 Spotlight: Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe – my real life cousin ! But that’s not the reason he’s our spotlight, he’s here, on this day because it’s the anniversary of his death and if you don’t know his inspirational story – you gotta read on… Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, …

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Mike Tomlin

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Black History Month – Day 5 Spotlight: Mike Tomlin Disclaimer: I’m cheering for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV (that has a little to do with why Tomlin is our spotlight today). Background Mike Tomlin was born March 15, 1972 and is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin is the third youngest head coach in any of …

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Rosa Parks

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Black History Month – Day 4 Spotlight: Rosa Parks It’s quite fitting to have Ms. Parks as the spotlight on this day since – today is her birthday. Background Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress later called “the first lady of civil rights”, and …

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Nelson Mandela

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Black History Month – Day 3 Spotlight: Nelson Mandela – release from prison Who Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born 18 July 1918 and served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader …

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Blogging While Brown

Black History Month – Day 2 Spotlight: Blogging While Brown Blogging While Brown is an international conference for, by, and about Bloggers of Color and the readers who love and comment on them. The purpose of the event is to give Bloggers of Color an opportunity to meet each other for the first time, discuss current issues affecting Bloggers of …

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