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Listen to “The African History Network Show” with Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network on 910 AM The Superstation WFDF in Detroit, Mon. - Fri. 11pm - midnight EST, Sundays, 9pm-11pm EST. We focus on Educating, Empowering and Inspiring people of African Descent throughout the Diaspora and around the World because Right Knowledge corrects wrong behavior. Listen LIVE on 910 AM WFDF in Detroit or around the world online at www.910AMSuperstation.com or by downloading the iHeart ...
 
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By October of 1947, nearly eleven million babies had been born in the U.S. since the end of World War II. Young parents were staying home with their children. Movie attendance bombed.The 1947-48 season had the largest radio audience in history. Homes with radios jumped 6%, car radios 29%. NBC, CBS, ABC, and Mutual added nearly one-hundred fifty aff…
 
Historian, Prof. James Small, former Black Studies Prof. at CUNY and featured in the films, 'Hapi', 'Hidden Colors' & 'Elementary Genocide 3', joins Michael Imhotep to discuss 'The Woman King & The Real History of The West African Kingdom of Dahomey'. The #1 Movie, 'The Woman King' from producer Viola Davis and Director Gina Prince-Bythewood is ama…
 
In Breaking Walls episode 132 we spotlight Orson Welles’ time as The Shadow in 1937-38.——————————Highlights:• Orson Welles’ on The March of Time and The Columbia Workshop• The Shadow as Narrator• Les Misérables• WOR and Network Radio In The Fall of 1937• The Shadow Launches With Orson Welles• Jeanette Nolan and The Temple Bells of Neban• Early Revi…
 
In the fall of 1938 as Orson Welles was launching The Mercury Theater of The Air, radio character actor Bill Johnstone became The Shadow. Johnstone held the role until March 21st, 1943, when Brett Morison took over. Morison had the title role for most of the rest of the radio run. The Shadow would air until December 26th, 1954.We’re going to stop h…
 
In late June 1938, Orson Welles was approached by CBS. He was offered a one-hour, network sustained time slot on Mondays at 9PM. William Paley’s concept: A Mercury Theater of the air for a nine-week trial run. Unlike Welles and Houseman’s theater productions which had several weeks of rehearsal, the show would begin in just two, on July 11th. House…
 
The success of The Shadow was shared by Blue Coal. Billboard reported that twelve months after the premiere their sales were up nearly eleven percent. Blue Coal was selling for as much as two dollars per ton more than their competitors. In February of 1938 Orson Welles opined that “radio’s future big-wigs will be college graduates.” By then more th…
 
‘The Woman King’ Conquers the box office as it amazes moviegoers across the country. The movie deals with a complicated period of history and the African Female Warriors of Dahomey fighting against Portuguese Colonizers; Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda may cut ties with the British Monarch & King Charles III. Renew call for Reparations for Slavery; "Rev…
 
Orson Welles opened in Julius Caesar on November 11th, 1937. He also made time to perform in guest appearances elsewhere on radio with Tallulah Bankhead and Cedric Hardwicke. Thursday, November 25th, 1937 was Thanksgiving Day. The New York Daily News headline spoke of Consolidated Edison finally getting on board with F.D.R.’s new deal program. Nove…
 
On Halloween 1937, Benito Mussolini removed Italy’s foreign minister to France due to strained relations between the two countries over Italy's participation in the Spanish Civil War. Adolph Hitler gave the Order of the German Eagle to the Japanese emperor’s son, while Chinese forces abandoned its defense of the Sihang Warehouse.Sunday was Hallowee…
 
The September 29th, 1937 issue of Variety said “that melodramatic and at times astonishing crime fighter, “The Shadow,” returns to the ether to probably find a rather sizable slice of listeners waiting for him. In this series the sponsor will benefit from having a program aimed right at the vulnerability of the audience it seeks. Orson Welles, a yo…
 
On the October 24th, 1937 episode of The Shadow called “The Temple Bells of Neban,” Lamont meets an Indian woman and drug smuggler named Sadi Bel-Adda. She knows The Shadow’s true identity. She’s the niece of the man who trained Lamont, and capable of using the same powers. This cast featured Ray Collins as Commissioner Weston with Carl Frank as Je…
 
Queen Elizabeth II, British Colonialism & Hundreds of Years of Slavery & NO REPARATIONS'; Britain paid Reparations to 46,000 Slave owners; Jamaica demands Reparations - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 9-8-22 (WATCH VIDEO) https://youtu.be/qxmrmccLFTc Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ The…
 
In the fall of 1937, Orson Welles was busy readying for a Mercury Theater broadway production of Julius Caesar. The agency Ruthrauff and Ryan approached Welles about the possibility of starring in a weekly radio series. His signing was announced in The New York Times on August 29th, 1937. Welles’ contract allowed him to miss rehearsals and readings…
 
The voice at the top of this clip is that of former WOR chief engineer Jack Poppele. The station went online on February 22nd, 1922. In 1934, WOR became one of the flagship stations of the Mutual Broadcasting System. The next March, Poppele was chiefly responsible for the creation of radio’s first directional antenna just as WOR increased its power…
 
Biden calls out MAGA Republicans as a Threat to Democracy; Jackson, Mississippi’s Water Crisis Update, Biden Declares State of Emergency sending Federal help; Civil Rights Leaders meet with Biden and declare a State of Emergency, Warn of the Threat of White Supremacy; Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) sent back $100 million in Rental Assistance c…
 
By late spring in 1937, the Federal Theater Project was under intense scrutiny for staging what some felt were too many left-leaning labor plays. In Washington, there were rumors funds would be cut.At the same time, Welles and John Houseman were rehearsing a production of The Cradle Will Rock. The play took place in "Steeltown, USA.” It followed th…
 
Join us on Saturday, 9-3-22, 10:30pm EST for a Preview our Online Course, ‘Ancient Kemet (Egypt), The Moors & The Maafa: Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade' with Michael Imhotep, host of The African History Network. Join us for our Next Class Session, Sunday, 9-4-22, 2:00pm EST at our ONLINE SCHOOL. Register Here for the Online Course to …
 
In 1930 publisher Street and Smith decided to try radio with hopes of boosting pulp sales. Each week a drama would be adapted from an upcoming issue of Detective Story Magazine. They added a mysterious host, called The Shadow, and left the link to the magazine somewhat tenuous. The show premiered over CBS on July 31st, 1930.Ken Roberts soon became …
 
1619 Virginia: 403rd Anniversary of August 20th, 1619: America's History of Slavery Began almost 100 years Before Jamestown, Virginia; Most of what we now about 1619 is wrong; Codified Slave Laws didn't exist in the 13 Colonies in 1619; Mississippi's Jim Crow-era Felony Disenfranchisement Voting Law dating back to 1890 is ruled Constitutional. - Th…
 
In the spring of 1935, nineteen year-old Orson Welles was living in New York, appearing on stage in Katharine Cornell’s stock company and workin on CBS’ American School of the Air and The March of Time.The next year, Welles was on the debut episode of CBS’s Columbia Workshop. The program’s creator Irving Reiss recognized Orson’s talent, while Welle…
 
Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program will help millions of Black people but is being attacked by Republicans who got PPP Loans forgiven; Trump Affidavit of Mar-a-lago Search Warrant has been released; Breonna Taylor Update: Ex-Officer Kelly Goodlett pleads ‘Guilty’ to falsifying Search Warrant that lead to her death; 403rd Anniversary of August…
 
In Breaking Walls episode 130 we head to the summer of 1947 to get to the bottom of NBC’s Philip Marlowe caper.——————————Highlights:• Who was Raymond Chandler?• Who is Philip Marlowe?• Van Heflin, Movie Star• Radio Ratings in the Spring of 1947• Marlowe Launches with Red Wind• Initial Reviews• The King in Yellow• The Celebrated Life and Tragic Deat…
 
Well, that brings our episode on The Adventures of Philip Marlowe to a close. We’re not leaving the genre though, just going back ten years in time to 1937.Next time on Breaking Walls we spotlight Orson Welles’ one season as star of The Shadow and find out how the legendary radio show came to air.James Scully tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Black Couple’s Home Appraised With a Black Owner: $472,000; With a White Owner: $750,000; ‘Redlining’ and The Legacy of White Supremacy; DOJ says Florida Republicans ‘specifically’ targeted Black Voters with restrictions; ‘No Mardi Gras,’ New Orleans Mayor warns if Police Shortage persists; 403rd Anniversary of August 20th, 1619: America's History …
 
Raymond Chandler wrote three more Philip Marlowe novels: The Little Sister in 1949, The Long Goodbye in 1953, and Playback in 1958. He became a dual citizen of the U.S. and Great Britain. His wife, Cissy died in 1954. In 1955, he attempted suicide. Heartbroken and drunk, Chandler neglected to inter her cremated remains. They sat for fifty-seven yea…
 
In September, Bob Hope reclaimed his Tuesday night time slot and NBC’s Philip Marlowe radio adventures were over. 1947 was a good year for Van Heflin. Green Dolphin Street hit theaters in November. It co-starred Lana Turner and was that year’s biggest MGM hit. On Thanksgiving he guest-starred on an episode of Radio Reader’s Digest called “Why Keep …
 
The August 8th episode of Philip Marlowe was called “Robin and The Hood.” Jeff Chandler guest-starred playing a dual role.Born Ira Grossel in Brooklyn, New York on December 15th, 1918, he acted in high school with classmate Susan Hayward. Chandler went to the Feagin School of Dramatic Art and had a stint with a theater troupe. He served in the Paci…
 
Trump’s Mar-a-lago Search Warrant; FBI Recovers 11 Sets of ‘Classified Documents’ in Search; Some documents they were searching for deal with Nuclear Weapons; Breonna Taylor: Ex-Officer to plead guilty in falsifying Search Warrant; R. Kelly’s Trial on Child ography charges starts this week in Chicago; Historians privately warn Biden that America’s …
 
On July 8th, 1947, NBC broadcast an adaptation of “The King In Yellow,” originally published in Dime Detective Magazine in March of 1938. It’s a seedy saga of a hot trumpet player whose boorish behavior gets him killed.Among those featured in this episode were Gerald Mohr, Gloria Blondell, Bill Johnstone, Willard Waterman, and Howard McNear. By the…
 
The June 17th, 1947 edition of Billboard Magazine reviewed the first Marlowe episode. It was noted that similar shows were expected to pull a rating of 7.5. The magazine stated that “Milton Geiger's adaptation adhered to Red Wind's language almost to the letter, and captured most of the colorful, almost poetic flavor.“On the debit side was the enor…
 
Emmett Till: Mississippi Grand Jury won’t Indict Carolyn Bryant Donham in the Murder of Emmett Till. Here’s why!!! - 'The African History Network Show' with Michael Imhotep 8-10-22 Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ TheAHNShow@gmail.com or http://www.PayPal.me/TheAHNShow or visit http://w…
 
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe debuted on NBC with “Red Wind” on June 17th, 1947. The 1938 short story is set on one of those evenings when the hot, dry Santa Ana wind gusts through Los Angeles, turning the mood sour.The program aired live at 10PM on the east coast, with a second broadcast done at 9PM for the west. The script was adapted by Milto…
 
Breonna Taylor Update: 4 Officers Indicted on Federal Charges in her killing; Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison; Roger E. Mosley of ‘Magnum P.I.’ fame dies at 83; Tyler Perry Paid Cicely Tyson $1 Million for 1 Day of Work after she only made $6,000 for the movie ‘Sounder’; Tulsa Race Massacre Lawsuit continues; Emmett Till Upda…
 
Breonna Taylor Update: 4 Officers Indicted on Federal Charges in her killing after 874 Days; Did you know the Department of Justice was created in 1870 to protect the new rights of African Americans?; The History of the Reconstruction Era (1865 – 1877) is being incorrectly taught in 45 out of 50 States. This period of history is directly related to…
 
Tulsa Judge allows Reparations Lawsuit to continue for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors; 6 Descendants and Multiple Organizations in Tulsa have their Lawsuit dismissed; Some African American Landowners in Tulsa got land from The Black Freedmen Indian Treaties 1866 – TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 8-7-22 WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/vuyT6nmVA_o …
 
Roger E. Mosley of ‘Magnum P.I.’ fame, ‘Sanford & Son’, ‘Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” & Sonny Liston in the 'The Greatest", dies at age 83 – TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 8-7-22 WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/DMce9Ua0ato Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ TheAHNShow@gmail.com or http://www.P…
 
By the middle of 1947, nearly eleven million babies had been born in the U.S. since the end of World War II. Young parents were staying home with their children. Homes with radios jumped six percent, car radios twenty-nine percent. Over the next year, radio would have its largest audience in history. The four major networks added one-hundred forty-…
 
Van Heflin was born on December 13th, 1908 in Walters, Oklahoma. The son of a dentist, he began his acting career on Broadway in the late 1920s. Between 1928 and 1936 he appeared in. Mr. Moneypenny, The Bride of Torozko, The Night Remembers, Mid-West, and End of Summer.That year Heflin signed with RKO and made his film debut opposite Katherine Hepb…
 
Philip Marlowe, born in Santa Rosa, California, is six feet tall and weighs one-hundred ninety pounds. He has dark wavy hair. In Chandler’s first Marlowe novel, The Big Sleep, set in 1936, he’s thirty-three. Marlowe had two years of college and was an investigator for the LA District Attorney. He was fired for insubordination. His office is in the …
 
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ trailer gets 172 million views in 24 hours, making it one of Marvel’s biggest; Some Fans vow to boycott ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’; Bill Russell, 11-time NBA champion, Boston Celtics legend and all-time defensive great, dies; Mary Alice of ‘A Different World’ dies 85; Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura of ‘Star Trek’…
 
Mary Alice of ‘A Different World’, 'Matrix', 'Fences', 'I'll Fly Away', 'Sanford & Son', dies at 85 - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 7-31-22 WATCH VIDEO https://youtu.be/GK9fApaqRQc Please Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ TheAHNShow@gmail.com or http://www.PayPal.me/TheAHNShow or visit…
 
Bill Russell, 11-time NBA champion, Boston Celtics legend, All-time defensive great, 1st African American NBA Head Coach, Civil Rights Activist, dies at 88. – TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 7-31-22 WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/teUndPqAv1k Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal http://www.PayP…
 
Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Nyota Uhura, of ‘Star Trek’ who broke Stereotypes dies at age 89. Here's how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced her not to quit the show and why he said it was important for us to see her in that role. - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 7-31-22 WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/JbtjP-8Zkz4 Support The African History Network thr…
 
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ trailer gets 172 million views in 24 hours, making it one of Marvel’s biggest; Some Fans vow to boycott ‘Black Panther because Chadwick Boseman's character is killed off: Wakanda Forever' - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 7-31-22 Watch Video https://youtu.be/I-CzGqlPzf0 Support The African History Network through Ca…
 
La Jolla, California. 1947. We’re at 6005 Camino de la Costa at the home of Raymond Chandler. It’s been three years since the fifty-nine year-old wrote a full length novel. Instead he’s worked on two screen plays. Chandler co-adapted Double Indemnity with Billy Wilder, and penned The Blue Dahlia. Both earned him Academy Award nominations.Looking fo…
 
Simo Häyhä tormented Soviet forces invading his native Finland between December 1939 and March 1940, killing 542 enemy soldiers in only 98 days. In the hostile, minus forty degree conditions of the Finnish winter of 1939-40, a man clad all in white lay with packed snow mounded in front of him as he awaited his enemy. The man was Simo Häyhä and he w…
 
In Breaking Walls episode 129 we honor the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Roswell incident by focusing on Radio and the mid-century flying saucer craze. ——————————Highlights:• World War II, Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, and “Project Saucer”• The Chicago Roundtable Attempts to Answer What Life on Other Planets Would Look Like• Sightings in The Spring o…
 
By 1955 radio’s days as America’s chief entertainment medium were over. However, while radio drama was dying out, UFO sightings were becoming more prevalent. Some were so outlandish they were hard to believe. Others were chillingly real. For example: On September 19th, 1961 Betty and Barney Hill had a widely known abduction experience. The Hills sa…
 
Roy Rogers was born on November 5th, 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent much of the early 1930s performing with groups like Uncle Tom Murray’s Hollywood Hillbillies, The Texas Outlaws, and The Rocky Mountaineers. In mid-decade he joined up with Bob Nolan to form the Sons of the Pioneers. By 1935, they were appearing in bit parts for Republic Pictur…
 
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