Inspirational Black Characters in American History – The Channels

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Black History Month is the annual celebration of the accomplishments of African Americans and a recognition of their role in United States history. In February 1926, historian, author, and journalist Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History Week, which would become Black History Month, as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people across the world. American history.

The month was first recognized nationally in a speech by President Gerald Ford in 1976. He challenged America to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often overlooked accomplishments of black Americans in all areas of activity in our history”.

For this Black History Month, the editors of The Channels write about an inspiring black figure in American history.

Rodrigo HernandezChief Editor

Rihanna – Musician and entrepreneur

Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has impacted America through music, fashion, cosmetics and humanitarian efforts for nearly 20 years. As the announcement of her pregnancy with rapper A$AP Rocky has taken the internet by storm, it’s a chance to look back at Rihanna’s accomplishments since her debut in 2005. In the music industry alone music, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time with over 250 million records sold worldwide. She has achieved 14 number one singles in the United States and has won nine Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and six Guinness World Records. Besides her career in music, Rihanna has developed into entrepreneurship and philanthropy. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Clara Lionel Foundation, which “supports and funds climate resilience projects in the United States and the Caribbean”. She also founded cosmetics brands Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin, and became the first black woman to run a design house under LVMH (Möet Hennessy Louis Vitton) with fashion house Fenty before she died in 2021. Self-taught billionaire, Rihanna has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion – which makes her the richest musician in the world. In addition to being an influence on American pop culture, Rihanna has been recognized by her home country of Barbados for her accomplishments. In 2018, she was appointed Ambassador for Education, Tourism and Investment. On November 30, 2021, the first day of the country’s parliamentary republic, Rihanna was declared National Hero of Barbados. While we may not get the next album, its accomplishments and impact are amazing and inspiring the next generation of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and activists.

August Laurent, Opinion Editor

Spike Lee – Filmmaker

Director, activist, philosopher and teacher, Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Best known for his breakout projects “She’s Gotta Have It” and “Do The Right Thing,” his work is famous for exploring race relations, poverty, and colorism in Black America. Known for his colorful palettes, over-the-top atmospheres, and over-the-top yet realistic interactions between different cultures, his style has always been a fascination and inspiration to me when it comes to filmmaking. Shelton Jackson Lee was born on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia to his three sisters, mother, and father. As a child, Lee went to the local cinema to escape the harsh reality of being a young black man in America. His first student film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” centered on a black barbershop acting as a gambling den. “Joe’s Bed-Stuy” was the first-ever student film to premiere at Lincoln Center’s New Directorial Film Festival. Since then, Lee has continued to explore different genres, work with some of the best actors of all time, and find exciting ways to innovate in the film industry. His 2006 project “Inside Man” was the first to feature a film shot entirely on cellphones. Aside from being a revolutionary film visionary, Lee is known for just being a cool, stylish dude. His iconic “LOVE/HATE” rings, stylish eyewear and ever-fresh sneakers have become cultural mainstays and symbols for true moviegoers.

Eric Evelhoch, sports editor

Curt Flood – Baseball Player

Curt Flood is best known as the person who created free will in professional sports through Flood v. Kuhn of the 1972 Supreme Court. But Flood was also a top ball player. Because of Flood, baseball eliminated what was called the “reserve clause” through the refusal of a trade with Philadelphia in 1969. It was part of a draft multi-person agreement between the Cardinals and the Phillies as the Golden Glove winner for seven consecutive seasons. He achieved All-Star status three times with St. Louis where he scored 90 or more points on four occasions. Similar to how the NFL seems ostracized Colin Kaepernick, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in their 2013 Super Bowl run, Flood was unsigned in the 1970 season. He had led baseball in hits in 1964 and had the most hits in baseball twice. There wouldn’t be “Decision” like Lebron James detained in 2010 and no free agency in professional sports without the challenge of Major League Baseball’s Flood.

Bianca Ascensioarts and entertainment editor

Jackie Robinson – baseball player

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Without that bravery and courage, we wouldn’t have some of the most influential players today. He was the first African-American to win a batting title, received the Most Valuable Player award, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also the first official MLB Rookie of the Year and the first baseball player to appear on a U.S. postage stamp. Without Robinson, we wouldn’t have players like Bob Gibson, who was so dominant that in 1968 baseball lowered the pitcher’s mound five inches and narrowed the strike zone. We wouldn’t have David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who is the lone inductee into the 2022 MLB Hall of Fame. Every year, MLB remembers Robinson’s act of perseverance by hosting a ladder day. of the league on April 15 where all players and coaches wear the now-retired “42”. One of my favorite quotes that has been a constant reminder to me since I was young is: “A life is not importantt except in the impact it has on other lives.

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