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Black History x #TDIF This Day In Freshness 02.27.2013

27 February 2013 TDIF

On February 27th, 1997, Soul Train host Don Cornelius received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Don hosted from 1971 until 1993.
  • Soul Train is the “longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history,” with more than 1100 episodes produced from the show’s debut through the 2005-06 season.
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  • Fresh In Peace Don


Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC turns 42 years old today.Rozonda Ocelean Thomas a-k-a Chilli is an American R&B singer, dancer, and actress who rose to fame as one-third of the R&B/hip-hop girl group TLC.

  • TLC was introduced and signed to LaFace Records via a production deal set up through R&B singer Peri “Pebbles” Reid, the ex-wife of Antonio “L.A.” Reid in 1991.
  • TLC released a third album, Fanmail, in 1999. “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty” helped them earn a pair of Grammys.
  • TLC is one of the most successful girl groups in history, having sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
  • Chilli has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.

1988 – Debi Thomas 1st Black to win winter Olympic medal
Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.

1964 – Anna Julia Cooper passes
Anna Julia Cooper, champion for the rights of black women, dies at the age of 105.

1942 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Journalist Charlayne Hunter was born this day in Due West, South Carolina.

1902 – Marian Anderson born
2/27/1902: On this day Marian Anderson, who will become a world-renowned opera singer and the first African American soloist to perform at hte White House , is born in Philadelphia, PA.

1872 – Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School.
Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.

1869 – John W. Menard speaks in Congress
John W. Menard spoke in Congress in defense of his claim to a contested seat in Louisiana’s Second Congressional District. Congress decided against both claimants. Congressman James A. Garfield of the examining committee said “it was too early to admit a Negro to the U.S. Congress.” Menard was the first Black…

1869 – Congress Adopts 15th Amendmant
Congress adopted the 15th constitutional amendment, making it illegal for the US or any single government to deny or abridge the right to vote “on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.”

1844 – Independence Day for Domincan Republic
Independence Day for Dominican Republic

1833 – First American-born woman to give public lectures
On this day in 1833, Maria W. Steward delivered one of the four speeches which confirmed her place in history as the first American-born woman to give public lectures. Stewards lectures focused on encouraging African-Americans to attain education, political rights, and public recognition for their achievements. Her spe…

1788 – *Probable date of Prince Hall’s birth
Prince Hall, Revolutionary War Veteran and founder of African Masonic Lodges, *may* have been born on this date. Though his accomplishments are well celebrated, little is known of Prince Hall’s early life.


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