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[Black History Month]Frederick Douglass – Leader of the Abolitionist

Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park

Frederick Douglass – Isaac Myers Maritime Park

Фредерик Дуглас (наст. имя — Фредерик Огастес Уошингтон Бейли), февраль 1818 — 20 февраля, 1895) — американский писатель, просветитель, аболиционист, редактор и оратор. Написал автобиографию «Повесть о жизни Фредерика Дугласа, американского раба» в 1845 году.


Black History Month is a celebration of notable contributions to society by those of African descent. During the month of February, we will highlight the contributions of historic black figures.

Frederick Douglass – Leader of the Abolitionist

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition. He wrote two more autobiographies, with his last, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1881 and covering events through and after the Civil War.

The remarkable story of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became a famous social reformer, is told in most history books. Not in Japan. Here is what New York public school’s textbook says about him.

The Abolitionists

Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Maryland. When he was a boy, his master’s wife taught him to read and write. This was against the slave code. Douglass was a proud man, and for a slave, pride could mean trouble. So he decided to escape to the North. He had to avoid the slave catchers who captured runaways for a reward. Once in the North, Douglass continued to educate himself.

Douglass traveled all over the North speaking out against slavery. In Rochester, New York, he began a newspaper called the North Star. He chose that name because many slaves escaping from the south followed the North Star to freedom. In his newspaper, Douglass reminded his readers that even though blacks had their freedom in the North, they still were not treated fairly.

Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore

Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore

Because of his accomplishments and legacy many schools, museums, libraries, educational organizations and streets in the United States of America are named after him.

Jazz (far left)

Jazz (far left)

Frederick Douglass High School – Baltimore, MD

Founded in 1883, established as the Colored High and Training School, Douglass is the second oldest historically integrated public high school in the United States. As of 2007, had 1,151 students, of which 99% were African American students. Most notable almini is Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Cab Calloway and Jazz of Dru Hill also studied there.

Class of 2012

Class of 2012

Frederick Douglass – Isaac Myers Maritime Park (Baltimore)

Frederick Douglass – Isaac Myers Maritime Park is an educational and national heritage site that highlights African American maritime history and establishment of their community in Baltimore during the 1800’s.

Waterfront Kitchen

Waterfront Kitchen

Waterfront Kitchen

Located at the foot of Fells Point, in a museum education building, Waterfront Kitchen is a quiet oasis in a noisy dining scene in Baltimore. The view at Waterfront Kitchen is stunning. It may be the best vantage point along the harbor.

1417 Thames Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Tel: (410) 685-0295
Admission: $5

[Black History Month] The Malcolm X Museum Presents Its Annual Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X / El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz



Black History Month
The Malcolm X Museum Presents Its Annual Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X / El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Thursday February 21th, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9pm (free admission)
@ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Malcolm X Blvd. & 135th Street, Harlem, NY   MAP

This year marks 48th anniversary after the assassination of Malcolm X and the Schomburg Center in Harlem hosts a Panel Discussion of Contemporary Corporate Media Culture and Its Effects Upon Black America With:

Dami Akinnusi – Filmmaker: Malcolm’s Echo

Prof. Jelani Cobb – University of Connecticut

Moikgantsi Kgama – Founder of ImageNation Cinema Foundation

Django Unchained:

Black Cultural Advancement or Degradation?

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X (1925 – 1965)

This event is already sold out but all registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time so you still have a chance. Please arrive early.

For more information, please contact The Malcolm X Museum at (212) 340-9502.

The Malcolm X Museum is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 and chartered by the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department.

[Black History Month]Video Music Box 30周年記念イベント開催

Uncle Ralph - Video Music Box

Uncle Ralph – Video Music Box

Black History Month
Music Box 30周年記念イベント開催 @ Schomburg Center in Harlem


2月5日、ヒップホップPV番組のパイオニア、ラルフ・マクダニエルズの Video Music Box (VMB) 30周年を祝して記念イベントがハーレムのショーンバーグ・センターにて開かれました。アフリカ・バンバータ、メリー・メル、DJチャック・チルアウトなど昔の仲間たち総出で賑やかな集いとなりました。


当時はケーブルが普及しはじめたばかり、 BET (Black Entertainment Television) でもまだヒップホップは登場せず、ひたすら黒人男女が絡み合うセピア・カラーのR&Bミュージック・ビデオをフィーチャーした“Video Soul” しかありませんでした。MTV はマドンナやマイケル・ジャクソンといったポップ・アイドルばかり……。そんな時代に普通のチャンネルで見られるのが「ボックス」だったのです。


Video Music Box



ラルフ・マクダニエルズというのは凄い人で、30年にわたってこの番組を制作、放映し続けたばかりか、ウータンの”C.R.E.A.M.” や、ナズの“It Ain’t Hard to Tell”、ブラック・ムーンの “Who Got Da Props?” など、400本以上ものミュージック・ビデオの監督もしているのです。あのハイプ・ウィリアムズもラルフの下で修行を積んだそうです。ラルフの作ったVMBドキュメンタリー映画、是非みなさんに見てほしいと思います。詳細については追ってまたレポートしますのでヨロシク。




[Black History Month] Video Music Box 30th Anniversary @ Schomburg Center in Harlem


Ralph McDaniels@VMB 30th Anniversary

Black History Month
Music Box 30th Anniversary @ Schomburg Center in Harlem


February 5, 2013, Video Music Box (VMB) founder and Hip Hop Icon Ralph McDaniels held his kickoff event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Video Music Box.

Before BET, MTV, and countless others there was Video Music Box (VMB). Created in 1983 by Ralph McDaniels, VMB is a 60-minute American television program/series that was the first to cater to the growing audiences of hip-hop fans.

Ralph McDaniels

Ralph McDaniels

At the time BET wasn’t even showing real hip-hop like that till later, all they had was “Video Soul” and MTV didn’t play hip-hop at all at the time. But it didn’t matter nobody in the ‘hood had cable in 80’s anyway.

After school every kid would run home to turn to channel 31 everyday at 3:30 to watch the latest videos on VMB. Back in the days VMB was the only vehicle available to promote Hip-Hop music and culture.

It originally aired on New York City-owned public television station WNYC-TV and became one of the most influential shows to give Hip-Hop/Urban artists mainstream exposure. Over the course of time people start affectionately calling the Hip-Hop pioneer host “Uncle Ralph.”

He has also produced over 400 music videos, is an on-air personality for HOT97 Radio, and has been involved with several feature films.

At the event the upcoming VMB documentary was screened to a packed house and received loud cheers and rave reviews from the audience. The film featured artists such as: Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Celia Cruz, Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff, Mary J. Blige and many others.

Congratulations Uncle Ralph.