If you’re interested in learning about the Afro-Latina Cuban exile who became an icon and ambassador of salsa music, then my Celia Cruz Black History Facts profile is for you.
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“Straight Outta Compton” is a 2015 F. Gary Gray directed film about NWA, an iconic rap group that helped launch gangsta rap.. In some ways, Straight Outta Compton follows the path of the typical music biopic where you see the group living their lives and how they come together. We see the guys make their first forays into recording the songs that would give rise to gangsta rap. Releasing a hit song followed by a successful album brings the guys attention but shady business dealings and egos threaten to tear the group apart.
If you’re interested in learning about the US Navy cook who became a hero during the attack on Pearl Harbor by carrying the wounded to safety and manning a submachine gun to return fire despite having no training, then my Doris “Dorie” Miller Black History Facts profile is for you.
“The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson is the fictional account of a biracial man looking back over his life. The story is told in the first-person though the narrator remains unnamed and is never described physically. He tells of being born in the South and growing up in Connecticut where he learns that he is a very light-skinned biracial boy who some assume is White. As a young man he sets out on his own and travels to different parts of America and later Europe, recounting his experiences in Black and White society along the way.
If you’re interested in learning about New York City’s first Black female assistant district attorney who developed the strategy for taking down Charles “Lucky” Luciano, then my Eunice Hunton Carter Black History Facts profile is for you.