Ahmet Ali Celikten was born in Turkey during the Ottoman Empire and became a fighter pilot during WW1. He graduated from the Navel Flight Academy in 1916 making him one of if not the Worlds first registered Black aviator pilot in war.
Category Archives: YESTERDAYS BLACK MALE
On August 5, 1990 William Pinkney became the 1st African American and the 4th person to circumnavigate or sail around the world.
Deciding he wanted to leave behind a legacy for his grandchildren Capt. Pinkney set sail from the Boston harbor on a 47 foot boat. He chose the most difficult tour taking him around the five capes. Read more here…. https://blackpast.org/aah/pinkney-william-bill-1935
Before the Ryan Coogers and Ava DuVernays there were two young comedians who decided to challenge the system and create film and television about and by us.
After moving out to LA together to pursue acting in the 80s, Chicago native Robert Townsend and Harlems Keenan Ivory Wayans quickly grew tired of the same old stereotypical roles that were available for Black actors and pooled their resources together raising $100K and created the cult classic “Hollywood Shuffle” The movie grossed over $5M!
Now if you don’t know bout Hollywood shuffle you need to do your history! But did you know they also wrote, produced and directed “Eddie Murphy’s RAW” and “The Five Heartbeats”?
Townsend went in to create his own sitcom “The Parent Hood” which ran for 5 seasons, “Holiday Heart” and “B.A.P.$” Keenan of course is widely known for “In Living Color” “I’m gonna get you sucka!” And “Scary Movie”
Give props to the unsung pioneers that paved the way!
The Black Masculist would like to thank all our reader (Men & Women) from AUSTRALIA, UK, INDIA, CANADA, S. AFRICA, FRANCE, GERMANY and of course here in the UNITED STATES for continued support for the positve imagery of Blackmen.
Over the course of 5 years I’ve worked hard to provide you, no US with quality content. Sleepless nights, doubts, broken phones, and delagation issues are among the many challenges I’ve face in my persuit to uplift the Blackman across the world so HE in turn can uplift his people.
But in order for HIM to do THAT He has to happy with who HE is and for that to happen HE needs to KNOW WHO HE IS!! I for one believe in order to change the narrative we have to first change the narrator! More to come in 2019. P.E.A.C.E!
La’Var J. Battles, EIC, and Publisher