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Black History Posters
02/05/2023

Black History Posters

Mae C. Jemison

02/04/2023
01/24/2023

Rick james was killing it back then !!!

01/13/2023

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion - Don't lose this
Ingredients
Batter
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
24 ounces beer
4 vidalia onions
Seasoned flour
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Outback Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 teaspoons creamed horseradish
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1 dash black pepper
1 dash cayenne
Preparation
Step 1
1. for the seasoned flour-combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne-mix well.
2. For the Dipping sauce - Blend everything together well and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
3. For the batter -Mix cornstarch, flour and seasonings until well blended.
4. Add beer and mix well.
5. Cut about 3/4 inch off top of onion and peel.
6. Cut into onion 12-16 vertical wedges but do not cut through bottom root end.
7. Remove about 1 inch of petals from center of onion (You can place the cut onions in cold water for a few hours to help "open" them up -- just make sure that you drain them well).
8. Dip in seasoned flour and gently shake to remove excess.
9. Separate petals to coat thoroughly with batter.
10. Gently place in a fryer basket and deep fry at 375-400 for 1 1/2 minutes.
11. Turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes more or until golden brown.
12. Drain on paper towels.

Photos from Stanley Roberts's post
01/03/2023

Photos from Stanley Roberts's post

Timeline photos
01/02/2023

Timeline photos

"Trouble Man" (1972) is a black cult neo-noir film directed by Ivan Dixon and is part of our essential black films list from the 1970s. In 1972, many black films emerged in Hollywood following Shaft's success in 1971. Again, Hollywood found a theme: a handsome masculine black man, a decent story, a beautiful woman, and a brilliant soundtrack. But, as the demand increased, film quality became questionable. "Trouble Man" isn't a dubious film. It has an excellent storyline performed by an outstanding cast.

By 1972, Robert Hooks was well into his acting career, landing a few significant roles in movies such as "Sweet Love Bitter" (1967), "Hurry Sundown" (1967), and "The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots" (1970). However, none of those roles fit him like Mister T in "Trouble Man." He was cool. And if someone asks, "can you give me an example of cool?" Then you show them Robert Hooks in this movie. He has a strong screen presence, which Marvin Gaye magnifies with an incredible soundtrack.

Depending on your day, this soundtrack could be the best soundtrack released during the 1970s. And in 1972, it had some stiff competition with "Superfly," "Across 110th Street," and "The Harder They Come." The soundtrack features a variety of jazz fusion instrumentals and tracks with Marvin Gaye singing and harmonizing. Gaye focused much of the music around Mr. T, so you leave this film forever, remembering Robert Hooks as Mr. T.

To aid the splendid nature of this movie, we have Paul Winfield, Julius Harris, and Paula Kelly supporting Hooks. Winfield's 1972 year also included the release of "Sounder," where the Academy nominated him for Best Actor in Leading Role. Harris was well into his acting career, starting in the 1964 film, "Nothing But a Man." Lastly, Kelly's acting career was beginning, but it started fast as she was in "Cool Breeze" and "Top of the Heap," all released in 1972.

This movie is essential for any film enthusiast. It's a solid representation of how black filmmakers tried to exist in Hollywood. It's a culturally rich piece of art from multiple perspectives. I highly recommend it for viewing.

Director: Ivan Dixon
Writer: John D.F. Black

Starring Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, Paula Kelly, Ralph Waite, Julius Harris, William Smithers, Bill Henderson, Stack Pierce, Wayne Storm, Wayne Storm, Lawrence Cook, Tracy Reed, Felton Perry, Jeannie Bell, Virginia Capers, Akili Jones

Storyline
It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. First, chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. After that, it's up to T to keep a gang war from breaking out, keep the police off his back, and earn his fee from Chalky and Pete.

https://www.daarac.ngo
https://www.daaracarchive.org/2008/08/trouble-man-1972.html

Available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
https://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Man-Blu-ray-Robert-Hooks/dp/B01IO7P6I6

12/26/2022

August 8, 1982. A line drive foul ball hits a four year old boy in the head at Fenway. Jim Rice, realizing in a flash that it would take EMTs too long to arrive and cut through the crowd, sprang from the dugout and scooped up the boy. He laid the boy gently on the dugout floor, where the Red Sox medical team began to treat him.
When the boy arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later, doctors said, without a doubt that Jim's prompt actions saved the boy's life. Jim returned to the game in a blood-stained uniform. A real badge of courage. After visiting the boy in the hospital, and realizing the family was of modest means, he stopped by the business office and instructed that the bill be sent to him.
This is what a sports Hero looks like! .

12/22/2022

Florence Griffith Joyner
December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - R.I.P.
also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She set world records in 1988 for the 100 m and 200 m. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure due to both her record-setting athleticism and eclectic personal style.

Griffith Joyner was born and raised in California. She was athletic from a young age and began running at track meets as a child. While attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she continued to compete in track and field. While still in college, she qualified for the 100 m 1980 Olympics, although she did not actually compete due to the U.S. boycott. She made her Olympic debut four years later, winning a silver medal in the 200 meter distance at the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. At the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials, Griffith set a new world record in the 100 meter sprint. She went on to win three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics.

In February 1989, Griffith Joyner abruptly retired from athletics. She remained a pop culture figure through endorsement deals, acting, and designing. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38. She is buried at the El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest.

Oscar Award-Winning Actress Octavia Spencer Now Has a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame
12/16/2022
Oscar Award-Winning Actress Octavia Spencer Now Has a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Oscar Award-Winning Actress Octavia Spencer Now Has a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

She’s well deserving of this one! 26 years ago, Octavia Spencer left Alabama to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles, making her film debut in the 1996 drama A Time to Kill. Since then, she’s been in numerous notable films, even stepping into the producer's seat as executive producer of Green ...

11/30/2022

Don Cheadle - November 29, 1964
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
actor and producer

11/30/2022
11/30/2022

Michael Jackson's , the best-selling Album of All Time which topped the for 37 weeks in 1982/83, reenters the Top 10 at #7 with 37,000 units, powered by its 40th anniversary reissue!🐐👑❤️🕯️

11/27/2022

"Sparkle" (1976) is a classic music-drama movie featuring an outstanding cast. The movie's story is set in the late 50s and 60s in Harlem, New York. Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced the soundtrack, with Aretha Franklin responsible for the vocals. The soundtrack reached Billboard's number-one R&B album in 1976.

The movie takes a gripping look into the lives of three sisters' path to stardom while exploring the relationships created along the way. As a period piece movie, we also notice Harlem's music culture and how artists came up from the beginning. Other films such as "The Five Heartbeats" and "The Temptations Movie" follow a similar script as "Sparkle." Still, many rags-to-riches stories of black artists have similar struggles, whether fiction or nonfiction.

"Sparkle" was Irene Cara's second major motion picture film, with her first being "Aaron Loves Angela" in 1975. However, " Sparkle " showcased her singing talent, which helped catapult her career to another level. She was a triple-threat entertainer who could sing, dance, and act while winning an Academy Award and Grammy for best original song in "Flashdance" and being nominated for best actress in "Fame" (Golden Globe).

I highly recommend this movie.

R.I.P Irene Cara (March 18, 1959 – November 25, 2022).

Director: Sam O'Steen
Writers: Joel Schumacher (story by), Howard Rosenman (story by)

Starring Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, Tony King, DeWayne Jessie (Otis Day)

Storyline
In 1950s Harlem, Sparkle (Irene Cara), Sister (Lonette McKee), and Dolores (Dwan Smith) are three musically gifted sisters whose mother, Effie (Mary Alice), supports them by working as a maid. Encouraged by Sparkle's boyfriend, Stix (Philip Michael Thomas), the three form a singing group and become a sensation at a local nightclub. However, tensions rise when Sister is appointed the group's lead singer and begins dating Satin (Tony King), an abusive, drug-addicted pimp.
https://www.daarac.ngo
https://www.daaracarchive.org/2008/11/sparkle-1976.html

Available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
https://www.amazon.com/Sparkle-Blu-ray-Philip-Michael-Thomas/dp/B083XVDQVS

11/27/2022

Irene Cara | March 18, 1959 ~ November 25, 2022

11/26/2022

Rest In Power to my inspiration the beautiful multi talented Irene Cara she was an Academy Award winner for the songs Fame and Flashdance. Not only did I sing these songs in talent shows , her music inspired me to never give up! 🕊🙏🏽🎶💃🏾💖

11/23/2022

"The Spook Who Sat by the Door" (1973) was a banned film based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. This movie is an essential film of Black cinema history. There is much to say about the movie itself. However, what makes this film so prominent is everything else behind the scenes and the collateral damage it caused for some people's careers. Greenlee chose Ivan Dixon to lead the film's direction while initially considering casting Clarence Williams III to play the role of Dan Freeman. Ultimately, the part went to Lawrence Cook, who featured in more minor roles in movies and TV series beforehand.

Greenlee based the film in Chicago; however, Dixon shot most of the movie in Gary, Indiana, because Chicago's mayor didn't appreciate the film's theme. Greenlee also hired long-time friend Herbie Hancock to produce the movie's soundtrack. Ultimately, the subject matter of Black militancy and revolution while exploiting the CIA's training was more than what America could bear at the time. As a result, United Artists Films pulled the movie from theaters after three weeks.

We can dive deeper into the significance of this movie from different aspects; however, I encourage everyone to further research Sam Greenlee's experience with his book and film. Many American publishers initially rejected his book, but eventually, Allison & Busby published it in the UK in March 1969. It's eye-opening how higher powers can pull strings to suppress art and messages about institutional racism. I highly recommend this movie for viewing.

Director: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Sam Greenlee (screenplay), Melvin Clay (screenplay)

Starring Lawrence Cook, Janet League, Paula Kelly, J.A. Preston, Paul Butler, Don Blakely, David Lemieux

Storyline
To improve his standing with Black voters, a White Senator starts a campaign for the CIA to recruit Black agents. However, all are graded on a curve and doomed to fail, save for a soft-spoken veteran named Dan Freeman. After grueling training in guerrilla warfare, covert operations, and unarmed combat, the CIA assigns Freeman a meager job as the token Black employee. After five years of racist and stereotyped treatment by his superiors, he quietly resigns to return to his native Chicago to work for a social services agency by day. By night, he trains a street gang to be the vanguard in an upcoming race war, using all the CIA has taught him.

https://www.daarac.ngo
https://www.daaracarchive.org/2008/08/spook-who-sat-by-door-1973.html

Available on DVD, but it's out of print and heavily bootlegged. It's on streaming services as well (it's on YouTube). Monarch Video released the film in 2004 on DVD, so if you're looking to purchase then, that's what you should be looking for.
https://www.amazon.com/Spook-Who-Sat-Door/dp/B00013F2OA

The book by Sam Greenlee.
https://www.amazon.com/Spook-Door-African-American-Life/dp/0814322468

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