Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tiger Woods holds the Walter Hagen Cup after winning the championship match of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on February 24th in Arizona. Black history tidbit: This past Saturday, HBO premiered Joe Louis: America’s Hero Betrayed, that tells the story of the African American boxing great with a little known fact - his impact on golf.
"During the 1950s, Louis and several of his Black friends were asked to participate in a PGA event in San Diego and were rebuffed by the PGA president because of their skin color.
The new HBO documentary cites this little known event that led to Louis fighting for the rights of Black golfers to participate and eventually breaking down the color barrier in golf. A special exemption was created so that Louis and other Black golfers could participate."
In an interview, Joe Louis' son shared about his conversation with the late Earl Woods (father of Tiger Woods): “I spoke to Earl and he made references that his son was aware of my father’s contributions to golf.” Source
A Raisin In The Sun actors Sanaa Lathan and Sean 'Diddy' Combs at Prince's After Oscar Fete hosted by Citizens of Humanity on February 24, 2008 in Beverly Hills.
Mary J. Blige performs with Elton John at the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 24, 2008 in West Hollywood.
Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Capital Management, one of the largest African-American owned investment firms in the world, is honored at the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's Action Awards February 25, 2008 in New York City. This exclusive fundraising event recognizes the outstanding work of corporate and artistic icons in hip-hop for their work in empowering lives and giving back to the community.
Mellody devotes her time and focus to the Ariel Education Initiative and Ariel Community Academy in the south side of Chicago where they teach financial literacy to students from pre-K to 8th grade.
Chairman of Barnes & Noble Leonard Riggio and his wife, Louise Riggio, announce the creation of Project Home Again, a major new initiative designed to build and provide houses specifically for former Gentilly residents in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. The Riggio's commitment to the project will be $20 million.
Project Home Again will promote a new model for expediting the repopulation and redevelopment of this important and dynamic community that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.