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TheGrio Keeping Black History Alive is a series that delves into the rich tapestry of Black history, both past and present, to shine a spotlight on often overlooked gems and unsung heroes. From the iconic “Negro Kiss” to the revolutionary impact of Sesame Street, and the trailblazing achievements of contemporary figures like Marques Brownlee and Jackie Aina, each episode unveils a compelling chapter of Black experience.

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Feb. 29, 2024 – 01:38 – We’re commemorating gender-bending musician and drag king, Gladys Bently, who reigned over the Harlem Renaissance. Gladys Bentley was born in Philadelphia. From age nine she began stealing her brother’s suits, claiming to be more comfortable in boys’ clothing. From feeling restrained, Gladys ran away from home at the age 16 and headed for New York City. Harlem to be exact. There she chased her dreams of being a musician. Despite creating a name for herself and seeing small successes in nightclubs and other venues, Bentley struggled to find mainstream success due to her appearance. Her strides would not go in vain, Bentley was just ahead of her time! Decades later we would see more and more performers bending gender and finding huge success. Mostly in part due to the doors Bentley pushed open. #KeepingBlackHistoryAlive

Keeping Black History Alive

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel's Vanguard

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel’s Vanguard

Jackie Aina Is the Face of Online Glam

Jackie Aina Is the Face of Online Glam

Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Anne Lowe Was Fashion's Best Kept Secret

Anne Lowe Was Fashion’s Best Kept Secret

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The First

The First “Negro Kiss” on Film

Floyd Norman Is Disney's First Black Animator

Floyd Norman Is Disney’s First Black Animator

The Cultural Origins of Sesame Street

The Cultural Origins of Sesame Street

Jerry Lawson: Inspiring Gaming Pioneer

Jerry Lawson: Inspiring Gaming Pioneer

How Marie Van Brittan Brown Shaped Home Security

How Marie Van Brittan Brown Shaped Home Security

How Lonnie Johnson Innovated the Toy Market

How Lonnie Johnson Innovated the Toy Market

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Celebrating Black History

TheGrio Heroes Promo

TheGrio Heroes Promo

Fighting Systemic Racism in Medicine with Dr. Uché Blackstock

Fighting Systemic Racism in Medicine with Dr. Uché Blackstock

Patricia Banks-Edmiston Broke Skyward Barriers

Patricia Banks-Edmiston Broke Skyward Barriers

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

Anne Lowe Was Fashion's Best Kept Secret

Anne Lowe Was Fashion’s Best Kept Secret

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel's Vanguard

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel’s Vanguard

Jackie Aina Is the Face of Online Glam

Jackie Aina Is the Face of Online Glam

Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

Floyd Norman Is Disney's First Black Animator

Floyd Norman Is Disney’s First Black Animator

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The First

The First “Negro Kiss” on Film

Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

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