Friday, July 27, 2012
This man practically raised me over the radio airwaves in the 70s. I actually had the pleasure of shaking his hand, giving him a great big hug, and telling him the same when he appeared @ Sound of Market Street a few years ago. His beautiful spirit and distinctive voice will truly be missed in Philadelphia and words cannot express just how much. If anyone would like to leave messages to celebrate his life and legacy in the City of Brotherly love, he has a couple of Facebook pages and here are the links:
Philadelphia said goodbye to beloved WDAS-FM radio personality Joe "Butterball" Tamburro today. The funeral service was held @ Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City. The Philly chapter of the NAACP is also planning an event to celebrate his legacy and commitment to civil rights in October. There will be no other like Butter. He will truly be missed!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
How many of you Philly natives remember growing up in the 70s and seeing the graffiti tag name "CORNBREAD" on every-other building and structure in the city? Well, the person behind that name is still alive and doing well. Believe it or not, he is known all over the world as "The Godfather of Graffiti" among many who view it as a valuable form of art expression, when done appropriately. In fact, I bet you didn’t know that his signature tag name is actually hanging in a museum in Paris, France--and, he didn’t have to sneak in after hours to put it there. Check out the flyer for an upcoming tribute in Philadelphia for Darryl A. McCray, better known here and everywhere else in graffiti art culture circles as "Cornbread". And, click on the flyer to learn more about his incredible life journey from a troubled teenage street kid looking for attention, to the man he is today.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Raymon Lee Cramton (June 11, 1936 – July 24, 2012), professionally known as Chad Everett, was an American actor who appeared in more than 40 films and television series, but was probably best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon in the television drama Medical Center which aired on CBS from 1969-1976.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sherman Alexander Hemsley (February 1, 1938 – July 24, 2012) was an American actor, most widely known for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen. He also played Earl Sinclair's horrifying boss, a Triceratops named B.P. Richfield, on the Jim Henson sitcom Dinosaurs.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The mission of “Pretty Brown Girl” is to encourage girls to celebrate the beautiful shades of brown all over the world, while inspiring positive self-esteem and confidence.
In 2010, Sheri and Corey Crawley returned to Detroit from Chicago. They relocated from a diverse downtown Chicago neighborhood to a small suburb of Detroit called Novi, MI, where the demographics were only 1% African American. After their oldest daughter, Laila, was enrolled in kindergarten, Sheri observed changes in her behavior. She lost her bubbly personality and became more withdrawn and timid during school hours. She began to make comments when she saw shampoo commercials on television. She said she wanted long blonde hair like that of her classmates, as opposed to her own beautifully textured hair.
Around the same time, Anderson Cooper on CNN 360, aired a four-part series on research results of the infamous "Doll Test". The test was initially conducted in the 1940s by Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark and greatly influenced the decision of Brown vs. Board of Education. This test showed that when given a choice, children have a bias toward brown skin tones.
Sheri also had a similar experience with planning a birthday for her youngest daughter, Aliya, at a very popular doll store located downtown Chicago. Not one of the little girls, including both of Sheri’s own daughters, chose a brown doll. Sheri was shocked and appalled with their decision and very surprised that the only brown doll that was available at the store was a freed slave.
More than ever, Sheri recognized the need to address the harmful messages about skin tone and beauty in the media. She was very concerned about the effect on girls who rarely see images of their own likeness depicted in a positive manner. Simultaneously, she began asking God how she could use her gifts and talents to empower others.
Ironically, Sheri's husband always used “Pretty Brown Girl” as a term of endearment towards their daughters. So, they decided to share this simple yet powerful message to encourage girls to be happy in their beautiful brown skin. The couple began by creating “The Pretty Brown Girl Doll” for little girls of all ethnicities to send the message that brown skin is indeed beautiful!
You are encouraged to visit "The Pretty Brown Girl" website and actively participate in the various ways they are uplifting the images and self-esteem of young girls everywhere by celebrating the various shades of brown all over the world. Then, spread the word to your family and friends so they can get involved too! You can also follow them on these websites!
Pretty Brown Girl on Facebook
Pretty Brown Girl on Twitter
Pretty Brown Girl on YouTube
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ernest Borgnine (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning an Oscar in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the series McHale's Navy (1962-1966) and co-starred in the action series Airwolf (mid-1980s), in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine earned an Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. He was also the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his roles on television. He played the lead characters in the situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) and in the legal drama Matlock (1986-1995).
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