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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.

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

Feb. 29, 2024 – 01:38 – Our Keeping Black History Alive series continues with honoring Bert Williams, the first Black actor to land a role on Broadway. Bert Williams was born in the Bahamas. At a young age, he emigrated with his parents to the United States. By his late teens, he made his way to California and joined different West Coast minstrel shows. He would later create a successful vaudeville act in 1893 with George Walker. By 1903 he was starring in Dahomey, the first all-Black musical comedy to play in a Broadway theatre. In 1910 Williams landed a role as one of the headliners in Ziegfeld Follies, making him the first Black man to perform on Broadway as an equal to his white costars Almost fifty years later Dihanne Carrol would be the first African American actress to win a Tony Award. #KeepingBlackHistoryAlive

Keeping Black History Alive

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

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

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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

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Floyd Norman Is Disney’s First Black Animator

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The Cultural Origins of Sesame Street

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Jerry Lawson: Inspiring Gaming Pioneer

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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

Fighting Systemic Racism in Medicine with Dr. Uché Blackstock

Fighting Systemic Racism in Medicine with Dr. Uché Blackstock

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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

The Best of The Blackest Questions Pt. 1

The Best of The Blackest Questions Pt. 1

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