Feb 24

On This Day In Black History: February 24th



  • 1868; House of Representatives voted, 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson.
  • 1864; Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in 1833. She worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts.
  • 1940; Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis was born James Albert Ellis in Louisville, Kentucky. Ellis won the World Boxing Association title after beating Jerry Quarry in April 1968.
  • 1966; Elected leader and first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, ousted in military coup while he is away on a peace mission to Vietnam.
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Feb 23

It Costs $381,000 to Have a Happy Marriage



I guess I’m too poor to have a happy marriage.  A new study found it costs approximately $381,000 to have a happy marriage.  I wonder how much it costs to happily die alone?  Anyway, here’s the breakdown . . .

1.  $30,000 for a wedding and honeymoon.


2.  $2,000 a year for date nights.  That’s three dates a month at around $55 each.


3.  $800 a year for nights in.  That’s three nights a month and includes the cost of a Netflix subscription, iTunes movie downloads, drinks, and snacks.


4.  $435 a year for gifts and surprises.


5.  $680 a year for jewelry.


6.  $277 a year for lingerie.  Remember, these are the costs for a HAPPY marriage, and that’s going to include lingerie once in a while.


7.  $232 a year on clothes and shoes for special occasions.


8.  $922 a year on weekends away.


9.  $2,400 a year on vacations.



That’s $7,746 total every year.  Over 45 years, plus the wedding, it adds up to about $381,000.



(Mindful Money)

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Feb 22

On This Day In Black History: February 22nd



  • 1950; Julius Winfield( “Dr.J”) Erving, 49, former basketball player, born Roosevelt, NY, Feb 22, 1950
  • 1898; Black postmaster lynched and his wife and three daughters shot and maimed for life in Lake City, S.C.
  • 1888; In West Chester, Pennsylvania, African American painter Horace Pippin was born. Pippin is considered one of the major American painters of his period. One of his more significant works, “John Brown Going to His Hanging,” is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
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Feb 16

On This Day In Black History: February 16th


  • 1923; On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
  • 1970;  Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • 1857;  Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.
  • 1951;  New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.
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Feb 12

On The Day In Black History: February 12th


  • 1909; Founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s largest and strongest civil rights organization
  • 1962; Bus boycott started in Macon, Georgia
  • 1956;  The first black late-night talk show host in history, Arsenio hall was born
  • 1948; First Lt. Nancy C. Leftenant became the first Black accepted in the regular army nursing corps.
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Feb 11

The Five Things Men and Women Want to See on a First Date



FULL STORY:  A recent survey asked more than 2,000 men and women what they want to see happen on a first date, specifically at dinner.  So if you’ll be out with someone new on Valentine’s Day, this might help.  First here are the top five things WOMEN want to see . . .

1.  Good manners.  56% of women agreed it’s important.


2.  You should ask a lot of questions about them, 42%.


3.  That you’re enjoying your food, 27%.


4.  The guy PAYING for the meal, 26%.


5.  You have a few drinks, 17%.  Meaning you get a little buzzed, but not drunk.



Now here are the top five things men want to happen . . .



1.  You ask a lot of questions about them, 31%.  So talking about yourself was #2 for women, and #1 for men.


2.  That you’re enjoying your food, 26%.


3.  You have a few drinks, 24%.


4.  You’re nice to the waiter, 12%.


5.  Good manners, 12%.



(Daily Mail)

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Feb 9

On This Day In Black History: February 9th


  • 1906; Death of poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (33), Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1971; Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy “Satchel” Paige.
  • 1944; Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia.


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Feb 5

On This Day In Black History: February 5th



  • 1958; Clifton R. Wharton Sr. confirmed as minister to Rumania. Career diplomat was the first Black to head a U.S. embassy in Europe.
  • 1962; Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.
  • 1934; Henry “Home Run King” Aaron, baseball superstar was born.
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Feb 3

On This Day In Black History: February 3



  • Blanche Kelso Bruce elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature.
  • The Negro Baseball League founded.
  • Laura Wheeler Waring, portrait painter and illustrator dies.
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