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Happy 313th Birthday, Detroit!

Detroit skyline

Detroit skyline (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

 

Today, July 24, is the 313th anniversary of the founding of the City of Detroit.

The telephone area code for Detroit is “313″. We are celebrating “313″ in the “D” today!

Detroit

Detroit (Photo credit: laughlin)

 

English: City seal of Detroit, Michigan.

English: City seal of Detroit, Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please enjoy the video of the late Sammy Davis, Jr. singing his iconic song

celebrating Detroit called “Hello, Detroit”

 

 
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R.I.P. James Garner: Actor, Director, Cherokee, Civil Rights Activist

 

James Garner as Bret Maverick

James Garner as Bret Maverick

James Garner, Oscar-nominated movie and Emmy Award-winning TV actor, recently died at age 86. Most people knew Garner as the handsome and suave detective with the cool car “Jim Rockford” on the long-running TV series The Rockford Files, and even earlier, as the iconic “Brett Maverick” on the ground-breaking series “Maverick”. Garner acted in many roles in both movies and on TV well into the 2000s/ Garner was also a director and producer; he set up his very successful production company, Cherokee Productions, in 1965.

Yes, Cherokee Productions was so named because James Garner was a very proud member of the  Cherokee Nation, as his maternal grandfather was a full-blooded Cherokee.

Flag of the Cherokee Nation

Flag of the Cherokee Nation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

James Garner also participated in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, often seen lending his celebrity status to help the cause, and marching alongside other celebrities such as actress Diahann Carroll.

James Garner and Diahann Carroll at Civil Rights March

James Garner and Diahann Carroll at Civil Rights March

Mr. James Garner, actor, director, activist, is survived by his daughter Gigi Garner, who is head of Cherokee Productions.

 
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Today in Black History: July 21

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The National Association of Colored Women, whose first president was Dr. Mary Church Terrell, was founded in Washington D.C. in 1896.

Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most successful musicals of the mid-20th century, Stormy Weather, opened in 1943 in New York City. The movie starred Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and the Nicholas Brothers performing the most famous and spectacular tap dance routine ever filmed.

The Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather

The Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
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