Fats Domino, aka Antoine Domino, Jr. is a black man that is one of the inventors of rock n roll!

Well, black people have a legendary history of

inventing things and spicing things up. Take Fats

Domino, for instance. He is one of the inventors of rock

n roll with this songs “Aint That a Shame ” I’m Walking, ”

THe Fat Man” and his version of “Blueberry Hill.”

Antoine bangs on an old upright piano.

In the past, he  took piano lessons and loved them

so much that he quits the 4th grade to play the piano

more. Domino, who has played some neighborhood gigs

with saxophonist Robert Hagans, plays piano at his

sister Philomena’s fish fry, and meeets BIlly Diamon, a


Mr. Domino begans his own band at the

Hideaway CLub on Desire Street, two blocks above club

Desire. This is where he had played with Billy

Diamond’s band and also intermissions for David

Bartholomew’s band. Bartholomew and disc jockey

Duke “Poppa Stoppa” THiele, signs Lew Chudd to his



Domino headlines the biggest shows in rock n roll

history to date. The artists Domino headlines over are

Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and

Jerry lee Lewis. Fats dominoes tour dates attract

so much attention because most venues had never had

white people and black people in the same audience.

Fats said the band would, at times, have to go 100

miles out of their way to find lodging that would take

African Americans. This and more, you will learn at this




Plenty of yarn pictures that’s good on the eyes!!!


Magic Yarn Ball Swap
green sock yarns
Tiger Handspun Yarn
New yarn- yum
Sock Yarn
Sock yarn winding party
Sock Yarn
Lang Yarns - From Amsterdam

Handspun Sunshine Yarns sw merino in Drift
Rainbow Ribbon/Yarn for Etsy Swap Madness

Willis Crosby, the black man whose habit is giving and helping our black people through radio!!!

Who is Willis H. Crosby? Willis H. Crosby is a Black
Radio legend. He first stepped onto the microphone
September 16, 1947 at WAIM studios. His radio
career continued at WANS and lasted till Feb 1997.

He is noted as the first Black disk jockey in Upstate
South Carolina. Crosby recruited national gospel
and rhythm and blues artists like the Williams
Brothers, the Swannee Quintet, the Five blind
Boys, Sam Cooke and Soul Steerers, Percy
Sledge, Dee Clark, and Joe Simon to

The proceeds coming from concerts were
promoted by Crosby and sponsored scholarships
to deserving students to attend college.
Mr. Crosby raised food, toys, and clothing
for families that are in need.

He used his show as a bridge to influence
and sponsor numerous causes. Willis took
many children to Atlanta for professional
baseball games and those people got to
see radio upclose through his “DJ for a day”
program. Trips like that make the biggest
impact on a child’s life. Some of that
career field might just rub off on them
and even the desire to be humanitarians.
It would be great to have generation and
generation of people to do that. The thing
is though that I read online that us Black
people are the most charitable.

Continuing on, he did custodial work at WANS
and the handling of his show’s advertising and
production duties. One of his quotes is “Anything
that’s legal is good work.

Mr. Crosby’s facilitated appearances in area
schools to further positive human relations. He
promoted both local talent and professional concerts to
raise money for food,clothing, scholarships for the
economically disadvantaged, and money to supply
a room at the Anderson Memorial Hospital.

This his persistence to keep going on, he received
many awards from the South Carolina General
Assembly and from local religious, educational,
and civic and charitable organizations.

The moral of the story is that the more people
to help and do something or be a part of
something great, the better the world is. Also,
we give to help others but in the process
when we give, we get back. Sometimes
what we give back is the same blessing,
one of equal value, or better.


Augusta Baker, the African American Librarian who worked in the City Public Library System!

Two loves of my life
Here’s a very special
tribute to black librarians. Round of
applause to Augusta Baker. She is one of
OUr Black people whowas a librarian.I
want to see more Black Librarians
in all states.Anyways, Augusta Baker lived in Baltimore Maryland and
moved to Columbia when her career ended.

And ofcourse being a librarian is not just so simple.
In order to be a librarian a person must have a degree.
I was so surprised to figure that out.

Augusta Baker is taken care of. She a literary phenomenon who got her degree in Library science from New York State

Her routine is that she would light a candle,
then tell a story. Augusta Baker open children’s
eyes to literature. Her passion was doing
dramatic storytelling and was so glad to
entertain them.

On the list, Ms. Baker was number 6 of
100 most important library figures in our
nation’s history. What makes her so memorable
is all she does and that she worked
in the City Public Library System.

Just in time, she began work there in 1937.
That was the start of a time when children’s
literature depicted African Americans. Baker
set up a list of positive of books that showed
off positive, realtistic images of African Americans.
This encouraged authors and artists to make
original works of children’s fiction out of the black

She took on the position as Storyteller in Residence
at the University of South Carolina.Augusta
shows children that if you have a vision
put it out there.Let it be seen and heard.

Her parents and grandparents introduce her
to books at a really young age. Baker
graduated at New YOrk State College.

At 26, Baker did her first library job at
New York Public Library’s 135 Street
in Harlem. Going in, she thought this was be
a temporary job. But Guess what? It lasted
17 years.See, just goes to show people never
know where things will lead. Just like the
volunteer can lead himself or herself in the
job, think about other positions lead to
higher positions. With being a volunteer
can be rewarding like having a job. But she
is the true representation of doing it big.

So her long term job gave her the opportunity
to found James Weldon John Memorial Collection
of Children’s books right there. This collection
correctly portrays black children and black life.
That led her to become one of the top administrators
in the country. She took over children’s services.

There was a time where she was a consultant to
Sesame’s Street tv show.So there you go, if you
know any kids who watch Sesame Street,
that’s something to tell them.

People even got creative in their way
To bring her more attention, recognition
and honor. The College Library and
Information Science, joined with the Richland
County Public Library, to founded the annual
Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Festival
because of her.

Like her desire to tell children’s stories,
I desire to write children’s stories.I think
I will try that one day.Her being so driven
can drive somebody else.Kudos!!


Obama half dollar coins waiting to be bought and sold!

Well, I’m so enthused that Obama is President of America.
I’m so thrilled that I just keep advertising him and his products.
God has put OBama in charge and he gives me such glory.
Well you know how they have those half dollar coins and
they are so rare. I don’t know why they are rare or where
they come from. But now is our chance to have the Obama
coin in a half dollar form. It’s sitting there looking good
because Obama’s picture is on it. Imagine how that would
look sitting up on a shelf or wall or in a plaque or wherever
else you could put it.


This coin is layered in genuine 24 karat gold.

The serial numbered certificate is the real thing.


Pearl Fryar, the black man who is a topiary artist with his works in a South Carolina Museum!!!

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(Pearl Fryar above and below)
Well, there’s something very inviting about a beautiful garden.
If you see it, it’s like a dream place that you want to dive in or
walk in rather. I’ve seen pictures of topiary online like a clock
and other things. Topiary art is truly superb. But rarely do
we hear the news talk about our black people doing topiary art.
Well, great news! Pearl Fryar, a Black man age 68 is a topiary
artist. He has trimmed the bushes and yard stuff to such delight.

He’s in South Carolina, a place I plan to go.
The man is so skilled, he now has a documentary
out about himself doing topiary works. “A Man Named
Pearl is the name of his documentary. It is
directed by Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson.

Synopsis: This documentary shows show the son
of an African AMerican sharecropper gets around
all the bigotry and racism. He takes junk plants
and transforms them for the better to be
the “attention getting” and dazzling topiary art forms.
His work has taken several decades of trimming
and tweaking. Thousands of people are rushing to
see his garden, a 3 and a half acre backyard.

Before he became topiary king, people complained
saying he did not keep up his yard. That’s why
people never know who they are talking
to or standing next to or living next to.
If they only knew. But ofcourse I’m
sure they found out.Well, the
man gave his yard a makeover.

It was Jackie Robinson that inspired
Pearl to know his dreams could come true
even though Jackie did baseball and Pearl
does topiary art. So Pearl fashioned plants into
figurative forms, 20 foot geometric compositions
and letters that show his love.

ANd what an innate ability he has to do this.
He had absolutely no training in horticulture.
So he taught himself. All Pearl’s topiary
designs are a vision. Like the fashion designer
has a vision so does Pearl in his topiary art.

If you like gardens, have one or just curious
about them, the film gives away Pearl’s
secrets. The secrets are pretty easy and basic.
Sprays and fertilizers are things
he does NOT use to protect the plants.
Pearl does NOT even have a watering
system. In place of that, he digs
trenches around the plants that collect
rainwater. So his kind of gardening is
very different.

Pearl has got it going on as you can see.
He has a permanent collection of the South
Carolina State Museum in Columbia. He is known
nationally for his exceptional garden by the
Perservation Project of the Garden Conservancy.

ANd more than just topiary, Pearl wants to help
students who don’t test well to discover what
they are good at so they can acheieve through
hard work He lectures in public schools,
colleges, church groups, etc.

To sum it all up, success is like stairs, you
must walk from the bottom to get to the top.
You don’t just take the elevator in success.

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Video trailer and more information about his documentary in topiary art

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Hank Marr-African American b-3 Organist and Educator!

I was looking up AFrican  American jazz hall of fame.
I come across a Black man named Hank Marr.
He is known for being  a B-3 Organist and educator.
He was born January 30,1927. One of his memories
involved him sneaking off to the neighbors’ house
and playing the piano. He picked up on playing
chords from listening to music on the radio.
         His stepmother had a hard time finding
out where he was. She even asked his dad to
buy a piano.
               Hank often played with his friend ROnnie
Kirk in a garage. He got out of the service and later
played professional music in a band called Charlie
BRantley and the honey Dippers.
                Before that he did not have the knowledge
of classical music or technical aspects of music.
Hank started performing with Sammy Hopkins
Trio and joined RUsty Bryant’s band.
             Mr. Hank Marr went from playing the keyboard
to the Hammond organ.
                 Hank’s career got bigger through the
60s and 70s. He got work as a tv star George
Kirby’s musical director and played coast
to coast making many tv appearances.
One step beyond being a great musician,
he has even taught others the craft.
For 12 years, Hank taught at Ohio State
University and is now an associate professor
in the Jazz Studies program.
              August 12, 1990 Hank was honored
by the city of Columbus with a day named
after him. Hank received the Continuing Legacy
Award at the first Columbus Music Awards