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June 30 is the 25th anniversary of “Do the Right Thing” and the Obamas share a special connection to the film. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama went on their first date 25 years ago and saw the Spike Lee joint. And for that sentimental reason, the Obamas taped a special message before a screening of the film at Los Angeles County […]

JUNE 25, 2009 — “King of Pop” —  Michael Jackson — dies at age 50.  

Fifty years after their instrumental role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King were posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Tuesday. The presentation of the medal for the Kings — considered the foremost leaders of the 1960s Civil Rights […]

MARVIN GAYE —  There are some artists who transcend time and some who transcend their physical presence on the earthly plane. These artists died too soon and in ways so completely unexpected that we mourn their loss to this day. These were the tremendous, iconic talents who in their varying ways, touched millions with their […]

JUNE 24, 1964  —  Sam Cooke – headlined a two-week stay at New York’s famed Copacabana Club.  Cooke at previously played the Copa in 1958 but as an opening act to Jewish Comedian Myron Cohen.

JUNE 24, 1885 – Samuel David Ferguson  — becomes 1st US black bishop.

JUNE 19, 1986 — University of Maryland Basketball Star — LEN BIAS — died!!!   Leonard Kevin “Len” Bias (November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986) was a first team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland. He was selected by the Boston Celtics as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft on June 17, but died two days later from cardiac arrhythmia induced […]

JUNE 5, 2014 — This day in Black History gave the world some real historical moments when Sprinters “Tommie Smith” and “John Carlos” who stood on the Olympic Winners Stand and both raised a clenched fist.  It didn’t actually happen on this day, but what the world probably didn’t know is that they both were […]

JUNE 1942 – Curtis Mayfield — SOUL SINGER – R&B  vocalist (Freddie’s Dead, Superfly) was born in Chicago.

MAY 28,  1944 – Gladys Knight — singer, leader of Pips (Midnight Train to Georgia) was born in Atlanta Ga.   DID YOU KNOW?   THAT THE ORIGINAL NAME OF THE SONG  —  “Midnight Train to Georgia” — was originally called “MIDNIGHT PLANE TO HOUSTON?” HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS. GLADYS KNIGHT!!!!