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Mobutu Sese Seko Died Today… Watch "Mobutu, King of Zaire"

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  • September 7, 2011 4:39 AM
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Today in history... September 7, 1997... Congo/Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, died in exile in Morocco, from prostate cancer.

"Fresh" Chess Connections Starring Laurence Fishburne & Samuel L. Jackson (Today In History)

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  • September 1, 2011 2:01 AM
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Today in history, September 1, 1972... American chess legend Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union to win the international chess crown in a match made for the cold war era, in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Thurgood Marshall Made History Today... Watch Laurence Fishburne Embody Him

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  • August 30, 2011 3:34 AM
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Today in history... August 30th, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first black Supreme Court justice.

Celebrating Julie Dash's "Daughters Of The Dust" 20-Year Anniversary

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 6:02 AM
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As we've already covered, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; another title also celebrating a pivotal release anniversary this year is Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust - her challenging seminal feature film, set in the very early 1900s, which takes a look at Gullah Geechee culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia; a film that, in 2004, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Huey P. Newton Died Today... Watch Roger Guenveur Smith Embody Him On Film

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  • August 22, 2011 3:48 AM
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Today in history... August 22nd, 1989... Black Panthers' co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, CA. He was just 47 years old.

Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey! To Celebrate, Watch Doc Biopic "Look For Me In The Whirlwind..."

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 18, 2011 3:39 AM
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Today in history... Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was born today, August 17th, 1887, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica.

Let Us Remember A Legend of Music and Film . . . Abbey Lincoln (August 6, 1930 – August 14, 2010)

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  • August 14, 2011 1:15 AM
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I told myself that I wouldn't let the 1-year anniversary of Abbey Lincoln's death pass without me saying a few words about it. So when I fell ill this past Friday morning and ended up in the ICU of D.C.'s Sibley Memorial Hospital, I was understandably miffed. Well, thank goodness for laptops and free hospital Wi-Fi.

"She's Gotta Have It" Was Released Today... About That X-Rating And Black Sexuality On Screen...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 8, 2011 9:42 AM
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Today in history... August 8th, 1986, Spike Lee's feature film debut, She's Gotta Have It, was released theatrically, and is, by the way, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

Louis Armstrong Was Born Today... What's Going On With Forest Whitaker's Biopic? Charles Dutton's?

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  • August 4, 2011 2:44 AM
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Today in history... August 4th 1901, jazzman Louis Armstrong (aka Satchmo), one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, was born in New Orleans, LA, the grandson of slaves.

MTV Launched Today (Watch The First Broadcast)

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  • August 2, 2011 1:02 AM
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On August 1, 1981, MTV: Music Television launched, changing the landscape of American music forever! I was 7 years old on that day, and was likely sleeping at the time, given that the launch happened at 12:01 am. Below, watch a recording of the very first moments of the network, including the first aptly-selected Buggles’ hit Video Killed the Radio Star.