THe Jabali Acrobats are African Acrobats that are so good they tour with the Harlem Globetrotters!

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Jabali AcrobatsDo you know one way to get in  good shape? Do Acrobatics that is. It  gives the body a workout and flaunts flexibility. How many African acrobats do you know of? Do you at least know of the Jabali Acrobats?

These particular  Aacrobats are African Acrobats. They are originally from Mombassa, Kenya. They blend fast paced movement, music, dance, and acrobatic elegance to put on a full stage theatrical extravaganza.

Their most exciting performances shows the link between athletics and the arts. The  incredible acrobatics,contortions, tumbling, human pyramids, and chair balancing skill of these performers turns to dance, with the Congo Snake Dance, The Flaming Limbo Bar Dance, Skip Rope Footwork techniques and comedy to the most powerful music.

In addition to theatrical  performances, stage shows and festivals worldwide the Jabali Acrobats perform NBA and College halftimes and go visit places often with the Harlem Globetrotters. Other performances involve a special invitation to put on a show for President Clinton in the White House, the Big Top Universal Circus, the Big Apple Circus in New York, E.S.P.N Sports Television Network, Crook and Chase Show, and the Late Night with David Letterman.

So, have you seen this group? Have you seen them in person? I would love to see them perform. Two thumbs up to them for mastering acrobatics.

http://www.class-act.com/acts/JabaliAcrobats/

Spice your food up by putting some foods with others and/or adding different toppings!

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SubwayFlatizza Food is beautiful. It’s art, especially junk food. I have never seen any food be as beautiful as junk food. Junk food is also very tasty.   Sometimes you may have had a food multiple times a week because you love it.If cooked right, I could have nacho bell grande everyday.  Though sometimes no matter how much you love a food , it’s good to switch up. Taco bell food is great. But I really love homemade nacho bell grande. A friend makes nacho belle grande in a pot and has put doritos and some toppings on it like onion and ground turkey. We add sour cream and salsa. The lnacho belle grande sits in that huge container ready for family to serve themselves. It fits neat into the pot like a casserole. It is so so very good. Nacho grande, like in another post I wrote is great in a certain way. I enjoy my nacho bell grande with doritos, ground turkey, sour cream, onion, cheddar cheese, salsa (or ortega sauce) jalapeno peppers, and refried beans. No guacomole. I can’t stand the taste of guacomole.

Now that you’ve heard about a great way to have nacho bell grande, you will hear more about the ways other foods taste good.

My mother came up with the idea of chili on cornbread. That is delicious.

My friend who my mother went to school with likes to make tuna on whole wheat bread. Tuna is great that way, but it is also great with crackers. She gets the tuna in water. She adds the miracle whip, sweet relish, boiled eggs, and mustard.

Now enough about tuna. I enjoy spaghetti with parmesan cheese.

As for pizza though, it goes well with parmesan cheese too. I got to subway, get a flatizza. They come with pepperoni, salami, cheese, and pizza sauce. I ask them to add parmesan cheese. There is something special about the subways in South Carolina. The flatizzas in South Carolina have much better flatizzas than the few subways I’ve been to in Michigan. Also, when I go to subway, I get the 12 inch sub sandwiches because they are too good to just get the 6 inch sandwich. I order a sandwich like the BMT and get mayonnaise, mustard, barbecue sauce, lettuce, and pickles.

I enjoy chicken. Somebody else I know  enjoys chicken too. He adds breadcrumbs to chicken. This was new to me. Most of my life I had never heard of this combination. But then I’m assuming there will be lots of foods that go together that I’ve never tried.

I love pizza with jalapeno peppers on them.Ham and cheese goes great on croissants. Cheerios is the best with brown sugar in it. Pork Chops with gravy is a delight. French Fries with seasoned salt is oh so surperb.

Chili mac is good too. I had never heard of it until I got to college.  Also, I first tried a baked potato with bacon and sour cream,shredded cheese, and butter at college. I also like to switch up the baked potato and put bacon and cheddar cheese on it.

Does any of you have your favorite foods mixed with something else or some special toppings?

The Nicholas Brothers are two black men who do a blend of tap, jazz, ballet, and acrobatic moves!

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Black people are these super talented bunch of people. We do things with style, grace, and  pizzazz. It always impresses me to hear black people doing well. We were born to do great things. Black people have a history of doing the most amazing things. If you know about the accomplishments of black people, you know that we are a blessing. So what brings me to the topic of black success? Well,the Nicholas Brothers come to mind.

The Nicholas Brothers are a African American dancing team. Fayard and Harold Nicholas careers spanned over 6 decades. They were recognized for their most memorable appearances in over 30 Hollywood musicals in 30s and 40s era. This includes Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade, and Stormy Weather.

Their artistry, choreographic brillance, and most unique style was a smooth blend of tap, jazz, ballet, and acrobatic moves that eeatntertained vaudeville, theatre, film, and television audiences all around the globe.

Their natural talents were honed early on in life. Their parents just so happened to be musicians that led the orchestra at the Standard Theatre in Philadelphia.

In 1932, when they first short film Pie, Pie Blackbird with Eubie Blake. Fayard and Harold opened at the Cotton Club, at the ages of 18 and 11.

They worked with such great and talented people like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Ethel Wathers.

Samuel Goldwyn spotted them at the fashionable club and invited them to do their first movie, Kid Millions. In 1940, they were contracted to 20th century fox where they completed 6 films. The Brothers traveled around Europe with Bob Hope, Eve Arden, Fanny Brice  and Josephine Baker.

They also starred in Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1936. Fayard and Harold kept performing in  Broadway, Off Broadway, and theatre productions throughout the United States and Europe until the 1980s.

In 1981, they were honored by the  Academy Awards tv special. Fayard got a Tony Award for his choreography in the broadway show Black and Blue in 1989. Harold got the Dea Award or Dance Educators of America, Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Principal Performance in Stompin at the Savoy, and the Harbor Performing Arts Center Lifetime Achievement Award.OTher awards and honors include Black Film makers Hall of Fame, Elle Award, National Film Society, Apollo Theaters Hall of Fame, First Class Inductees, Ebony Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors,The National Black Media Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award, Flo-bert Award, New York’s Tap Dance Committee, Gypsy Award,and the Professional Dancer’s Society Dance Magazine Award of 1995.

In 1994, the Brothers got their long overdue star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The Brothers have got out and pursued their dreams to the fullest. This  what more people ought to be doing. I even have to repeat the fact that they got their star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/nicholas-brothers

ALex Hicks, an African American Man is in Chrysler’s CIE program!

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It isn’t always easy landing a job in one’s field. One must work hard and be d iligent. You should be  a self motivator as well. Well enough about that. I really enjoy seeing African Americans, Africans and any other black people succeed in life. Thus, I wanted to highlight some information on a African American man named Alex Hicks.

Alex Hicks and his 6 siblings learned the importnce of an education from their parents. He says “My mom was a teacher.” “I wanted to be an engineer because my dad was an engineer.” They both instilled in him the need to make the best  Grades he can get. He grew up in Michigan so the automobile industry was a big part of his life. Hicks said” Watching his dad bring home cars was pretty cool”. Amazingly, Hicks ended up working for Chrysler Group LLC after graduating from Kettering Univerisity. He had a BSME in 2008. Yet,  the job offer didn’t just come immediately.

He had done multiple co-ops with Chrysler as a college student. This allowed him to learn about the company and also do some networking. When he graduated, the company was experiencing recession and the car industry experience bad times. In 2011, a job opening became open and Hicks rushed into it.

Currently Hicks is in the Chryslerp Institute of Engineering program. As a manufacturing CIE he will work on 6 (4 month) rotations while getting an MS in energy systems engineering at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan.

Hicks says ” Looking at where the market is going, energy requires a lot of expertise,’ he says. “The people who understand energy will be the leaders of tomorrow. I’m looking to get as much knowledge about it as I can so I can move forward in my career.”

When he got into the workforce, Hicks hadto get used to a life of not being with people of his same age, but his co workers were of all ages and stages of life.

Every story has its bumps in the road. He had to wait for what he wanted like I did. I’m trying to get a job in mass communications. I’m a college graduate.

There’s more on the website:

http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/college/11-winspr/fod_african_american.htm

 

John Johnson was an African American prodigy who learned how to play the piano by age 4!

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I notice alot of black achievements. That is my job, to  observe and write about the accomplishmentsof black people. It’s what makes the world go round. Black people are inventors, musicians,sports players and much more. I need to hear more about what black people have done
in a good and optimistic light. Black people have been copied and have been an influential bunch of people. Thus, I must recognize a great black person named John R. Johnson.

John R. Johnson was an African American composer and arranger. He is from Jacksonville,
Florida. He learned to play the piano by age 4. He studied music at the New England Conservatory. In 1899, he and his brother James Weldon Johnson traveled to New York where
they met Robert Bob Cole. Together and assisted by James Weldon create over 150 songs over the next ten years.

Many were included into Broadway shows like Sleeping Beauty and the Best and Humpty Dumpty. Their most popular songs were “Under the Bamboo Tree, The Congo love SOng, and
Nobody’s Looking but the Owl and the Moon. Marie Cahill, Anna Held, George Primrose, and Lillian Russell made the songs popular.

Johnson and Cole produced several musical comedies like The Shoo-Fly Regiment 1906 and the Red Moon 1908, which were performed by an all black cast.

Johnson collaborated on the musical Hello Paris in 1911. A year later after Coles’ death,he performed in the London revue Come Over Here and became  the musical director of Hammerstein Opera House. Back in the states, he was a musical director of the Blackbirds of 1936 and made an appearance in Porgy and Bess, Mamba’s Daughter, and Cabin in the Sky. He
is best known for writing the music “Lift Every Voice and SIng”.

Johnson had a line up of great things he created. He was a super talented musical phenomenon.

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/composer-extraordinaire-john-r-johnson

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/aima/hd_aima.htm

Sheryl Jones, an African American jewelry designer is dazzling the world with her creations!

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SHe has been doing jewelry design since 1998. She began working for a diamond manufacturer in New York CIty.  Jones ended her career in television working for MTV. SHe took up a course at the Gemological Institute of America on Fifth Avenue. That is a reputable business and they also do well at grading diamonds. She has taken alot of courses trying to decide what to do and get outside of her head. She took a week’s length diamond course and received her diamond certificate. Jones was focused on finding a job and after checking the job board she found an opening with a Belgian man who was opening a family office in Antwerp.

She had offered to do publicity for his brand if he could teach her how to sort diamonds.

Alot of people began asking her to make jewelry like engagement rings, wedding bands, and pendants. That’s how her designing career began. She left David, her mentor and opened her studio on 39th Street and started taking customer orders. For the demand, she designed cuff links and sold them at Sean Jean and Michael C. Fina. That showed itself to be a successful venture and through that she was introduced to a new company, which was a larger manufacturer. They asked her to design diamond jewelry and to manage retail space. They also provided her with the chance to see her pieces.

Her inspiration is in the stones. It all began there. Jones’ current collection is a departure from her usual design ethic. That ethic is to make clean, classic, and timeless pieces. This line is for those people who like what’s unique.

There’s more to the story here: http://www.essence.com/2011/06/15/bling-fling-a-jeweler-tells-all/

Grace Bumbry, a black woman, has a leading talent is in her opera voice!

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a microphoneLet’s take a survey. Do any of my readers like opera? Do you sing opera? It’s a peculiar type of music if you ask me. I just wanted to point out one wonderfully talented music star.Grace Bumbry is one of the leading opera voice of her time. She has studied in Boston, Chicago, Santa Barbara ,California. She made her opera debut at 23 years of age. She performed around the world and has learned the great mezzo-soprano and soprano roles in the classical opera repertoire. Grace Melzia ANn Bumbry was born on January 4, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the youngest child of James Bumbry, a freight worker, and Melzia Bumbry, a homemaker. She mader her concert debut in London of 1959 and her opera debut at the Paris Opera in 1960. For her first Paris appearance, she sang the mezzo soprano part of Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. Bumbry performed with the Basel Opera from the years of 1960 to 1962. In 1961, she was known as the first black woman to sing the role of Venus in Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser at the Wagner Bayreuth festival. In November 1962, she appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She played Wagner’s Venus again for her United States operatic debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera in 1963 and sung at London’s Royal Opera, the Vienna State Opera in Salzburg, Milan’s La Scala, andNew York’s Metropolitan Opera. Through the 60s, Bumbry performed as a mezzo-soprano, learning the additional roles in classical operas like George Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Don Carlo.

She performed as a soprano in the 1970s, adding the lead female roles in RIchard Strauss’s Salome, Verdi’s Macbeth, Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, with many others on her list of repetoires. Bumbry sang professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1982, she was featured in a tribute to the legendary Marian Anderson at Carnegie Hall.

In 1990, she played Cassanda in Les Troyens, where they opened for the Opera Bastille. In 1995, she took on a lead role in Luigi Cherubini’s Medee. She gave her last opera performance as Clytemnestra in Strauss Elektra in Lyon France in the year of 1997,

So there. Bumbry’s done alot in her career. She has taken on some fabulous and fantastic roles. Big ups to her. The point is, she did not sit on her talent. She explored the world and it gaveher the most powerful opportunities.a microphone

How slaves were educated!!

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Isn’t it a blessing to be able to read? I am so grateful for knowledge, especially black history. It’s my favorite subject. Black people have done so much work in the world. This includes inventions, achievements, and slave work. What an amazing bunch of people to balance it all out. The “brains” of black people is so incredible I had to make a site dedicated to my people! So that makes me wonder about slavery. How did black people learn when they were slaves?

Did you know that slaveholders thought that a slave that could read was dangerous? Southern slavemasters were against slave literacy. They feared that slaves would forge passes or convince other slaves to rebel. In 1740, South Carolina enacted another reply to the events that occured at Stono by passing an early law prohibiting teaching a slave to read or write.

In other parts of the South, the mid-18th century saw a continuation of earlier laws that forbid the education of slaves. There was still some tolerance for slave education of slaves in certain groups. In 1743, for example, Anglican ministers established a school specifically in South Carolina. For more than 20 years, the school offered instruction in Christian religion and education under the guidance of a slave schoolmaster.

Slaves found other ways of learning instead of formal education. Slaves
learned from parents, spouses, family members, and fellow slaves and some were even personally instructed by their masters or hired tutors. Slaveholders were inspired by Christian convictions to enable Bible reading among slaves and founded informal plantation schools on occasion. They needed literate slaves to do record-keeping.

In the North, black education was not forbidden. African Americans had greater access to formal schooling and had a better chance of basic reading and writing skills than Southern blacks.Quakers played a great role in raising the literacy rates among Northern blacks by persistently promoting education programs in the years before and after the Revolutionary War.

In both the pre-abolition North and the antebellum South, labor demands made ithard for slave children. to get involved in extensive learning or to attend school consistently. White teachers offered limited curricula suitable for slaves. Despite this, enslaved people and free blacks showed off their determination and ability to learn as well as an comprehension of the opportunities opened up by education.

And here us blacks are today. Reading is a beautiful thing. It’s so wonderful what you can figure out just by reading. So do take your time and enjoy a great book.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/experience/education/history2.html

 

 

Misty Copeland, an African American, brings her ballet dancing to new heights!

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Ballet is serious work.  It is like a gift of  discipline and  flexibility wrapped

in a bow. It’s as smooth as jazz, but it’s dancing. We all know that African

Americans deserve to be put on display for our talent. Misty Copeland is the

example because she is one of those black ballet dancers that’s doing it big. SHe’s struggled,

but is doing it big. She has lived in a single motel room with her mother and five siblings. She

will get the title of American Ballet Theatre’s first African American

soloist in 20 years. She has been recovering from an injury that puts her career at

jeopardy. She is one of 6 soloists in Wednesday’s matinee performance of Le

Corsaire at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

In an interview the New York Post, the 30 year old ballet star explained the moment’s

significance. “People say It’s 2013, you live in New York City, you’re being dramatic-but they

don’t understand the way the ballet world works. We’re completely behind the way

the world has evolved. Ballet is just kind of staid”.

The world of ballet is missing out for its lack of diversity. This is a continued concern with

many saying that access and grassroots as the problem’s source.  Copeland was 13 when she was

discovered by ballet instructor Cynthia Bradley and took about 4 years to complete training that

can extend up to 17 years. Also, she has a peculiar body build. She is more muscular and

curvaceous that her typical peer.

In the fall, Copeland had to suffer a black line fracture to her left shin

during practice. She had to go through surgery and several weeks of

physiotheraphy. Though she’s dancing around the level of 80%, she is

determined to perform at the Met this week. She told the New York Post”

For young African Americans to feel that they have a chance to see a brown

face on the stage-that ballet isn’t this white world that’s untouchable to them-

I think having that visual does so much. I think it’s so important for them to

see me and hear me”.

Indeed, Misty is right. Young black girls should start early in ballet.

It provides a foundation for greatness early on. Misty has a strong talent for the graceful world of

ballet dancing. Kudos to her and her skills.

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/jun/04/misty-copeland-black-ballet-dancer

 

 

 

 

 

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Savion Glover is an African American Tap Dancer who has repeatedly been on Sesame Street!

The multitalented Savion Glover is a black man that

is known for his tap dancing, choreography, and acting. He has

been in business since he was just a child. He was the youngest

person to get a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts.

He had made his mark starring in a leading role in the Broadway musical

the Tap Dance Kid.

He had his own dancing style known as “free style hard core.

The Tony Award winning dancer worked with super great individuals

like Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis. Jr. He has blown audiences

away with his roles in major motion pictures like Jelly’s Last Jam.

This role earned him the National Endownment for the Arts grant,

which he made history for. He was the youngest ever recipient for that

specific grant. As a choreographer, Glover’s work has helped to

keep tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world.  He

starred in the musical “Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk” which

he himself choreographed. He got a Tony for best choreographer.

He has reappeared on Sesame Street numerous time.

And guess what? He’s behind the live dancing motion behind Mumble

the peguin in the Disney film “Happy Feet”.  Yet again, he serves as an

choreographer.  Savion Glover’s success is truly a delight. He keeps

going in the right direction and is making BIG moves in his career.

I applaud him for what he does.

http://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/faculty/bios/glover_savion.shtml

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