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A Salute to Black History

Understanding Wisdom And FOREVER Appreciating The Past

Dr. Alice Tyler Milton



Since  December 2003


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Below, right, and left are links that will enrich your knowledge of the past and present selfless contributions made by just a FEW of our MANY great African Americans. As you read the wealth of information on the pages, think about how our world would be today without the selfless contributions and what we have learned from the good and the bad. Also, recognize the unbending focus and intensity of their efforts despite repeated rejections and unfulfilled expectations.


We must continue to remember and respect our heritage (even though one might not agree with the actions of some--it is still history) by never saying good-bye to yesterday, for we are still standing on their shoulders—yesterday made our present possible.  Appreciate OUR Past . . .

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Arts and Entertainment

   - Chubby Checkers
 - Moms Mabley
 - Johnny Taylor
 - Dorothy Dandridge
   - James Cleveland
 - Louis Armstrong
 - Josephine Baker
 - Quincy Jones
   - Fats Domino
 - Lena Horne
 - James Amos
 - Sam Cooke
   - Redd Foxx
 - Diana Ross
 - Lou Rawls
 - Ossie/Ruby Davis

Artists and Entertainers
» Debbie Allen » Mario Van Peeples » Philip Michael Thomas » L. A. Reed » James Moody
» Miles Davis » Willie Dixon » Mary J. Blige » Little Richard » Vonetta McGhee
» Count Basie » Duke Ellington » Martin Lawrence » Bill "Bojangles" Robinson » Cicely Tyson
» Angela Basset » Melvin Van Peeples » Spike Lee » "Babyface" Edmonds » Pam Grier
» Harry Belafonte » Danny Glover » Henry Lewis » Ester Rolle » Albertina Walker
» Chuck Berry » Berry Gordy » Frankie Lymon » Isabel Sandford » Little Walter
» Adolph Caesar » Walter Hawkins » Marilyn McCoo » Nina Simone » Dionne Warwick
» Cab Calloway » Sherman Hemsley » Wynton Marsalis » Will Smith » Lula Washington
» Diahann Carroll » Gregory Hines » Johnny Mathis » Tonea Stewart » The Drifters
» James Cleveland » Betty Davis » Eddie Murphy » Chris Tucker » Vanessa Williams
» Gloria Davy » Aida Overton Walker » Viola Davis » Nipsy Russell » Flip Wilson
» Roberta Flack » Samuel L. Jackson » Tyler Perry » George Kirby » Nancy Wilson
» Sean Combs » Etta James » Brock Peters » Katherine Dunham » Paul WInfield
» Bill Cosby » Ike Turner » Charlie Pride » Sarah Vaughan » Howlin Wolf
» Billy Davis, Jr. » Abbey Lincoln » Richard Pryor » Tupac » Alfre Woodard
» Philippa Schulyer » Lenny Kravitz » Kanye West » Donny Hathaway » Enchantment
» Tony Williams » Branford Marsalis » Billie Dee Williams » Valaida Snow » G. C. Cameron
» Max Roach » Jill Scott » Billy Preston » Teddy Wilson » Boys to Men
» George Benson » Esperanza Spalding » Sade » Ella Fitzgerald » New Edition
» John Coltrane » Kenny Barron » Florence LaRue » Robert Glasper » Bobby Brown
» Idris Elba » Lisa Bonet » Fifth Dimension » Phyllis Hyman » Monica
» Aaron Neville » Chris Brown » Morris Chestnut » Courtney Vance » Regina King
» Max Roach » James Earl Jones » Don Cheadle » Laurence Fishburne » Al Freeman, Jr.
» Moses Gunn » Willow Smith » Jayden Smith » Sanna Lathan » Meshach Taylor
» Woody Strode » Ving Rhames » Terrance Howard » LeVar Burton » Charles Dutton
» Taraji Henson » Loretta Devine » Lennie James » Michael Ealy » Leslie Uggams
» Thandie Newton » Della Reese » Wesley Snipes » Yaphet Kotto » Lola Falona
» Glynn Turman » Toni Braxton » Djimon Hounsou » Obba Babatunde » Lynn Whitfield
» Michael C. Duncan » Beah Richards » Wendell Pierce » Eriq LaSalle » Howard Rollins, Jr.
» Garrett Morris » Steve Harris » Dennis Haysbert » Robert Guillaune » CCH Pounder
» Mykelti Williamson » James Pickens » Danny Glover » Bill Duke » Epathe Merkerson
» Keith David » Delroy Lindo » Harry Lennix » Giancarlo Esposito » Phylicia Rashad
» Frankie Faison » Jim Brown » Omar Epps » Joe Morton » Lynne Thigpen
» Arsenio Hall » Paula Patton » Tay Diggs » Lance Reddick » Juanita Moore
» Wood Harris » Jada Smith » Leon Robinson » Eamonn Walker » Gary Dourdan
» Carl Weathers » Isaiah Washington » Mekhi Phifer » Kelvin Hooks » Madge Sinclair
» Derek Luke » Tish Campbell-Martin » Michael Beach » Ethel Waters » Nia Long
» Canada Lee » Robert Townsend » Sean P. Thomas » Carol Channing » Chris Rock
» Ernie Hudson » Malcolm Warner » Keisha Pullom Knight » Bokeem Woodbine » Common
» L. L. Cool J » Jenifer Lewis » Terry Crews » Margaret Avery » Robbie Gee
» Claudia McNeil » Irma P. Hall » Louise Beavers » James Baskett » Colin Salmon
» John Weatherspoon » Gabrielle Union » Rex Ingram » Keenen Ivory Wayans » Kim Wayans
» Nicole Ari Parker » Cedric the Entertainer » M. C. Hammer » Damon Wayans » Marlon Wayans
» Salli Richardson » Rockmond Dunbar » Debra Lee » Ice T » Shawn Wayans
» Ice Cube » Boris Kodjoe » Raven Symone » Tyrese Gibson » Marla Gibbs
» Jester Hairston » Alaina Reed » Roxie Roker » Ralphe Carter » Ted Lange
» Anna Maria Horsford » Hal Williams » Demond Wilson » Jimmie Walker » Lynne Moody
» Clifton Davis » Jackee Harry » Bernadette Stanis » Robin Givens » Theresa Merritt
» Shirley Hemphill » Ernest Lee Thomas » Danielle Spencer » Kerry Washington » Lawrence Jacobs
» Marian Anderson » Impresssions » Fantastic Johnny C » King Curtis/Noble Knights » Dobie Gray
A Salute to the Old-School Generation
gccameron "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"
G. C. Cameron
larrygraham "When We Get Married"
Larry Graham

» Lenny Williams » Jeffrey Osborne » The Staple Singers » Lakeside » Shalamar
» Stephanie Mills » Kool and the Gang » Donna Summer » M.C. Hammer » Bobby Brown
» Commodores » Cheryl Lynn » Gwen McCrae » Barbara Lynn » Billy Stewart
» Edwin Starr » Young Holt Unlimited » Stacy Lattisaw » Joe Tex » Sam and Dave
» Bill Withers » Lamont Dozier » Delfonics » Main Ingredient » The Tymes
» Stylistics » Sly/The Family Stone » Jimmy Castor Bunch » Willie Hutch » Sylvia
» The Mad Lads » Ebonys » Tracy Chapman » Chuck Jackson » Bloodstone
» Arthur Conley » Mel and Tim » Johnny Adams » Dorothy Moore » Ima Thomas
» Betty Swan » Candi Staton » Linda Clifford » The Jones Girls » Funkadelic
» Zapp & Roger » McFadden/Whitehead » Chic » Manhattan » Lil Junior Parker
» Parliament » Yarbrough/Peoples » SOS Band » Lakeside » Brooke Benton
» Gene Chandler » Tony Toni Tone » Cameo » Gerald Levert » Keith Sweat
» Betty Wright » Bobby Womack » Luther Ingram » Jean Knight » Betty Swann
» Johnny Taylor » Latimore » L.T.D. » Ohio Players » Curtis Mayfield
» The Spinners » The Floaters » GQ » Delegation » Deniece Williams
» Anita Bell » Patti Labelle » Janet Jackson » Jermaine Jackson » Rebe Jackson
» Al Green » Rene & Angela » Natalie Cole » Yardbrough & Peoples » Angela Winbush
» Regina Belle » Sam Cooke » Otis Redding » Wilson Pickett » Marvin Gaye
» Bar-Kays » Bill Withers » Ben E. King » Whitney Houston » Chubby Checker
» Fats Dominos » Little Richards » Chaka Kahn & Rufus » Booker T. & the MGs » Frankie Smith
» Teddy Pendergrass » Gregory Abbott » Klymaxx » Atlantic Star » Deele
» After 7 » Sugarhill Gang » Rude Boys » Jodeci » Tony Terry
» Isaac Hayes » The Soul Children » The Five Stairsteps » The Four Tops » Anita Baker
» New Edition » Guy » Freddie Jackson » Johnny Gill » Shirley Jackson
» Millie Jackson » Patrice Rushen » Rene & Angela » MFSB » Gap Band
» Peaches  & Herbs » E. "Champagne" King » Whispers » Heatwave » The Ohio Players
» Chi-lites » The Brothers Johnson » Sister Sledge » Earth, Wind, & Fire » Foxy
» Bill Withers » James/Bobby Purify » Rose Royce » Eddie Holman » Rick James
» Dazz Band » Hues Corporation » Bootsy Collins » The Emotions » Spinners
» Kool & the Gang » Cameo » The Honey Cone » The Chiffons » Enchantment
» James Brown » The Jackson 5 » The Sylvers » Debarge » Barry White
» Ashford & Simpson » Marvin Gaye » Con Funk Shun » The Jones Girls » Switch
» Club Nouveau » Luther Vandross » Ike & Tina Turner » Diana Ross/Supremes » Smokey Robinson
» Stevie Wonder » Billy Paul » The Three Degrees » Cornelius Bro/Sis Rose » Al Wilson
» Gladys Knight » Van McCoy » Carl Douglas » Minnie Riperton » Aretha Franklin


Great Songs Live Forever!

Click on the Pictures


"Proud Mary"


Tina at Age 69 in 2008

"Lady Marmalade" - Patti LaBelle



Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown



"You Really Got A Hold On Me" - Smokey Robinson

gerald_smokey   smokey



Remembering Michael Jackson 

By:  Dr. Alice Tyler Milton

Click Here For Video

MJJ Program

Memorial Keepsakes


Overview of Michael

Photos (Slideshow)

News    News 1

News 2

NerNewsNews 3

 News 4





The King ["That Boy Could Dance!"] and Queen ["That Girl Could Sing!"] of Music


"Mr. Bojangles"





Remembering Whitney Houston


Overview:  Whitney Elizabeth Houston

August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012




Rock With Somebody A Tribute - 1 A Tribute - 2 Nelson Mandela's Tribute
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Obituary A Keepsake Whitney and the Gospel Meet Whitney
Whitney's Noteable Songs / Videos
I Will Always Love You  Bridge Over Troubled Water  I Love the Lord The Greatest Love of All 
Joy  The Star Spangled Banner  How Will I Know  Yes, Jesus Loves Me 
I Go to the Rock  I Look to you  Porgy and I  America the Beautiful 

To define music at its best, Plato stated that, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything; It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good, just, and beautiful.” Moreover, Thomas Carlyle stated that, “Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near the infinite.” The above quotes should always remind you of the beautiful Whitney Elizabeth Houston (Whitney). Whitney was a recording artist, actress, producer, and model. Her singing talents earned her the title of “The Most-Awarded Female Act of All Time”. Her Godsend talents gave us feelings in our hearts and souls, and her gospel lead us closer to God. She will always be remembered as the “Golden Voice” of our time. After Whitney sang the song--there were no other versions that could top her voice.




Dr. Tonea Stewart




Dr. Tonea Stewart, a native of Greenwood, Mississippi, has lived in Montgomery Alabama since 1990.  She is a professional actress, play director, national museum exhibit director, tenured professor, and the Dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Alabama State University. . .  READ MORE


African American Gospel


Instruments add to the African American gospel.  THOMAS A. DORSEY and ARIZONA DRANES, the forgotten mother of gospel, are noted for being the first two to add the piano to gospel . . .

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Overview of Thomas A. Dorsey   Overview of Arizona Dranes   --  Part 1   and  Part 2
Listen to Thomas A. Dorsey   Listen to Arizona Dranes


Gospel Organist - Moses Tyson

Listen to Moses Tyson        


Stellar Awards


The Stellar Awards is a premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors African American artists.  The Gospel Music Award was founded in 1970 by Don Jackson.






Crystal Aikin - Season 1                       Y'Anna Crawley - Season 2


Start At An Early Age -- "Nobody But You Lord"



Radio / Television Boardcasting



Apostle Frederick K. C. Price

Televised Ministry



The Donnie McClurkin Radio Show



Bobby Jones






A Salute To Black Gospel




A Sample Of African American Gospel Videos/Recordings


Black GOSPEL is a one of the greatest vehicles through which praise and worship, that is ascribed to God, is carried.  When a GOSPEL is heard, the words encourage you to look on the bright side of things and have trust in the Lord.  Moreover, GOSPEL is the spiritural nourishment that is used to "Feed the Sheep".


As GOSPEL music moves beyond its incubator, the church, it is imperative to understand where it is, where it has been, and where it is going.  As Christians, we must hope that the music is building bridges--not walls.  As GOSPEL continues to grow beyond most expectations, one can only hope that it will be embraced, regardless of how it is labeled, by everyone who needs to be reminded of the GOOD NEWS it represents.



Shirley Caesar / Joe Ligon Donnie McClurkin / Yolanda Adams Donald Lawrence / Tri City Singers
The Williams Brothers BeBe Winans Kirk Franklin / Rance Allen
Fantasia and Diane Barrino CeCe Winans Donnie McClurkin
Deitrick Haddon Mary Mary Smokie Norful
Anthony Brown Al Green Tonex
Timothy Wright Donald Lawrence Trin-I-Tee 5:7
Karen Clark-Sheard The Blind Boys of Alabama / Aaron Neville James Cleveland
Mahalia Jackson Hezehiah Walker - 1 Hezehiah Walker - 2
Shekinah Glory Ministry Whitney / Cissy Houston Anointed1 Appointed 1
J Moss Dottie Peoples Kirk Franklin
William McDowell Ted Winn Alvin Slaughter
James Fortune Charles Jenkins Micah Stampley
Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers The Mississippi Mass Choir (Frank Williams) David Mann


Catholic African American Mass Choirs - CAAM



Dr. Andre V. Lacour 



Black Gospel - Click Here


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Link 2 - Other Artists          Link 3 - About the Music          Link 4 - Radio          Link 4 - Radio Stations



Young Black Talent

  Ashly Williams  
  Rachel Crow - Song 1    --    Song 2  
  Willie Jones  
  Travis Pratt  
  Megan Piphus  
  Joseph Hall  
  Natalie Okri  
  Aliyah Kolf  
  Misha Bryan  
  Mini King of Pop  
  Malaki Paul  
  SH'Boss Boys  
  Isaac Brown - 1        --       Brown's Interview  
  Darius and Demetris  



Black Internet Radio 




Link 2          Link 3          Link 4          Link 6 




African American Comedians


  "Old" Comedy - Click Here



Amos and Andy - "Andy Gets Married"

  Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5
Link 6 Link 7 Link 8 Link 9 Link 10

Movies of African American Lifestyles - Past and Present


Click Here to Review "42"





Cooley High




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African American Directors / Film



Link 1     Link 2     Link 3



Click Here for Memorial Program of Bernard Jeffery McCullough - "Bernie Mac"



Click Here for Overview of Life



Other African Americans Gone But Not Forgotten (2009-2010)




Click for Teddy Pendergrass' Obituary

Overview Teddy Pendergrass



Other African Americans Gone But Not Forgotten (2003 - 2008)

Gone But Not Forgotten - 2003 - 2008



And The Oscar Goes To . . .

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Sidney Poitier
Lilies of the Field   sid2  sid
Denzel Washington
Training Day pic_osc   denzel 
Jamie Foxx
Ray jamie  jamie 
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland osc5 scot
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Halley Berry
Monster's Ball hallie1 hallie2
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Louis Gossett, Jr.
An Officer and A Gentleman lou2 lou
Denzel Washington
Glory pic_osc   glory
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Jerry Maguire cuba   cuba
Morgan Freeman
Million Dollar Baby   mor1  million
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Hattie McDaniel
Gone with the Wind hat2   hattie  
Whoopi Goldberg
Ghost who2  who1
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls   jen  eff
Precious osc2 mo
Octavia Spencer
The Help oct2 octavia 
Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Roger Ross Williams
Music by Prudence willie
Academy Award for Original Music Score
Purple Rain  prince
Herbie Hancock
Round Midnight herbie 
Academy Award for Best Original Song
Isaac Hayes
Shaft / "Theme from Shaft" isaac 
Irene Cara
Flashdance / "What a Feeling" irene 
Stevie Wonder
The Woman in Red / "I Just Called to Say I Love You" stevie
Lionel Richie
White Nights / "Say You, Say Me" lionel
Juicy J, Frayser Boy, & DJ Paul
Hustle & Flow / "It's Hard Out Here for a  Pimp" rap 
Academy Award for Sound
Russell Williams
1989 Glory
1990 Dances with Wolves
Willie D. Burton
Dreamgirls osc7
Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay
Geoffrey Fletcher
Precious flet
Academy Award for Documentary Feature

T. J. Martin

Undefeated martin

Oscar Nominee

Gabourey Sidebe - During Teen Years




The Youngest Oscar Nominee

Quvenzhane Wallis - At Age 9





The Amos 'N Andy Show



Get an Overview                              Watch Videos of the Show


The Amos and Andy TV Show was the first all-Black cast TV show. The show aired on CBS TV network from 1951 to 1953.

The show was the only place on TV where you could see "Black" people in roles other than maids or porters.



African American -- American Idols

Click the Picture



reuben   fantasia  JENNIFER HUD



When We Work Together--What A Beautiful Thing!


"Stand By Me"


SBM1       SBM5    SBM4






MC Hammer and Psy

Gangnam Style / 2 Legit 2 Quit 








Apollo Theater - Many Entertainers Were Discovered



Points Theatre - Empowerment Through Edutainment - The famous historian, Arnold Toynbee, once commented, "When we classify mankind by color, the only primary race that has not made a creative contribution to any civilization is the Black race." For 15 years and 2,500 performances, "1001 Inventions" has been an unusually funny antidote for this gross misconception.


National Black Theatre




Hip Hop Music




Black Entertainers - A Tribute to Past and Present




A Great Tribute to the Old School - Part 1


R. Kelly


A Great Tribute to the Old School - Part 2






The Nicholas Brothers
Nicholas Brothers
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Heavy D's Last Performance and Actor / Singer Tyrese





A Salute to Ray Charles

By:  Dr. Alice Tyler Milton


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The Fisk Jubilee Singers




The Soul Train

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The Soul Train was a variety show that aired from 1971 - 2006. The show featured artists in the area of hip hop, gospel, disco, R&B, etc. The show was created by Don Cornelius, who also was the first host and executive producer.



Some African American Entertainers . . . 


Al Green

Jeffrey Osborne

Eartha Kitt

Ashford and Simpson

Fred Hammond

Wilson Pickett

Jamie Foxx

Yolanda Adams

Steve Harvey

The Platters

Ma Rainey

Louis Armstrong

Isaac Hayes

Leontyne Price

Charlie Parker

Pearl Bailey

Jimi Hendrix

Lou Rawls


Anita Baker

Z. Z. Hill

Otis Redding

Muddy Waters


Billie Holliday

Minnie Ripperton

Little Richard

Be Be Winans

Lena Horne

Marvin Sapp

Bessie Smith

Black Gospels

Cissy Houston


Ethel Waters

Bobby Blue Bland

Whitney Houston


The Whispers

James Brown

The Isley Brothers

Smokey Robinson

Barry White

Shirley Caesar

Mahalia Jackson

Micah Stampley

The Williams Brothers

Kurt Carr

Michael Jackson 

The Staples Singers

Flip Wilson

Ray Charles

The Jackson 5

Johnny Taylor

Jackie Wilson

Ce Ce Winans

Etta James

KoKo Taylor

Vickie Winans

Chubby Checker

Alicia Keys


Stevie Wonder

The Clark Sisters

Chaka Khan

Carolyn Traylor

Alfre Woodard

Cotton Club

B. B. King

Chris Tucker

Timothy Wright

Natalie Cole

Gladys Knight

Tina Turner

Mary Mary

Nat King Cole 

Evelyn "Champagne" King

Luther Vandross  



Beyonce' Knowles

Sarah Vaughan

Dorothy Moore

Sam Cooke

Pattie LaBelle

Hezekiah Walker


Andrae Crouch

Queen Latifah

Dionne Warrick

Smokie Norful

Sammy Davis Jr.

Gerald Levert

Duke Ellington

The Ojays

Fats Domino


Missy Elliott

Marvin Gaye

Earth, Wind, and Fire

Malaco Records

Aretha Franklin

Larry Graham


Hattie McDaniels

Kirk Franklin

Philip Bailey


ETC . . .



Dom Streater - First African American Project Runway