December 27th, 2008 by HarlemGuy


 Eartha Kit was born on January 17 1927 on a cotton plantation in South Carolina.  She was raised by a woman called Anna Mae, who she believed was her mother.  The singer later said that her father was the white son of the plantation owner.  Named Eartha after the year’s good crop, she lived with Anna Mae in grinding poverty until her mother met a new husband who rejected the mixed race child. Eartha Kitt was sent away to poor relations, saying later: “If you’re mulatto you’re not black enough to belong to the blacks and not white enough to belong to the whites.   Eartha Kitt was then sent to live with Mamie Kitt in Harlem, New York City. She was told that Mamie was her ‘aunt’, but in later life came to believe that she was in fact her biological mother who had abandoned her from “shame”.  

That’s just the beginning of an amazing story that ended when Eartha Kitt passed away this Christmas.   For more information on her incredible journey, click here.

For a selection of Eartha Kitt’s works from iTunes, please visit the sidebar on

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October 18th, 2008 by HarlemGuy

“For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact.  It is a historical truth.  No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.”

~Maya Angelou

“Give people light and they will find a way”
– Ella Baker, 1944 Ella Baker was a Black community organizer and social activist.

“If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.”
-Marcus Garvey

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”
-Malcolm X

“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America.”
-Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
-Barack Obama

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’ve always said to my men friends, If you really care for me, darling, you will give me territory. Give me land, give me land.”
-Eartha Kit

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment.”
-Malcom X

“At this defining moment, change has come to America”

-President elect Barack Obama

“This victory belongs to you.”

-President elect Barack Obama

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

-Frederick Douglass

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

-Frederick Douglass

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