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John Coltrane Died Today... Watch "The World According To John Coltrane" Now

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  • July 17, 2011 12:55 PM
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Today in history... July 17, 1967, John William Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, NY.

Bill Cosby Was Born Today... Your Favorite Cosby Memories?

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  • July 12, 2011 5:53 AM
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Today in history, July 12th, 1937, William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He's 74 years old today.

Lena Horne Was Born Today... In 1964 Santiago Alvarez Directed "Now"

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  • June 30, 2011 5:12 AM
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“My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.”

Ray Charles Died Today... Then Jamie Foxx Won An Oscar

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  • June 10, 2011 5:31 AM
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Today in history, June 10th, 2004... singer and pianist Ray Charles died of liver disease in his Beverly Hills home at age 73.

Prince Rogers Nelson Was Born Today... Consider "Purple Rain" As A Psychological Thriller

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  • June 7, 2011 3:43 AM
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Today in history... June 7th, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson, aka Prince, the singer, songwriter and musician whose hits are too plentiful to name them all, and cross several genres, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dude is 53 years old today!

Josephine Baker Was Born Today... Watch "The Josephine Baker Story" Starring Lynn Whitfield

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  • June 3, 2011 3:29 AM
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Today in history, June 3rd, 1906... dancer, singer and actress Freda Josephine McDonald (aka Josephine Baker), who gained fame in Paris, France, thanks to her "risque" cabaret and musical hall performances, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

The First-Ever Academy Awards Were Handed Out Today... How Have Blacks Fared Since Then?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 16, 2011 5:36 AM
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Today in history... May 16th, 1929... the first Academy Awards, the Oscars, were presented at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel; Wings won the award for Best Picture; Emil Jannings for Best Actor; and Janet Gaynor for Best Actress.

Bob Marley Died Today... Will A Bob Marley Feature Film Finally Be Made?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 11, 2011 2:27 AM
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Today in history, May 11th, 1981, Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami, Florida. He was just 36 years old.

IRA Member Bobby Sands Died Today... Steve McQueen's "Hunger" Retells The Tale

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  • May 5, 2011 1:54 AM
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Today in history... May 5th, 1981, IRA (Irish Republican Army) member Bobby Sands died in a Northern Ireland prison, during the 66th day of his hunger strike.

The Freedom Riders Rode Today... Their Story Told In New PBS Documentary + Oprah's Tribute

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  • May 4, 2011 1:40 AM
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Today in history, May 4th, 1961, the Civil Rights movement... despite facing violence, a diverse group of young adults, aka Freedom Riders, leaves Washington DC for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and at bus terminals.