Posts in African American
The Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Episode 56

When you think of the origins of Rock n'Roll, chances are names like Elvis Presley and Chuck Barry come to mind. But more than a decade before, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was pioneering the new sound and creating unique hits that went on to influence all of the male "inventors" and "godfathers" of Rock n' Roll. She was a Black, openly bisexual woman whose gospel background provided the foundation for what we now think of as Rock n' Roll. She was a good witch who paved the way for a new sound that changed music as we knew it.

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Mary Eliza Mahoney, The First African-American Nurse | Episode 50

Mary Elizabeth Mahoney was the first Black female nurse in the United States and one of the first women to register to vote when women won the right to vote in Boston. She worked her ass off to help other Black women join the nursing profession and left a legacy that saw her inducted in the Women Hall of Fame. She was the very definition of a Good Witch.

INTRO - 13:12 | Hannah shares an article about a group of conservative Christians who believe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s runs a 24-7 witch coven dedicated to cursing Donald Trump. Where do we sign up?

14:15 - 41:25 | Deanna presents our person of the week, Mary Eliza Mahoney.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez episode:

Gisella Perl episode:

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Georgia Gilmore, The Backbone Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott | Episode 49

Georgia Gilmore was a good witch with a bad bitch's heart. She was a badass cook who sued a bus driver who kicked her off the bus and, as a result, was fired from the white restaurant who employed her. At the urging of Dr. Martin Luther King, she opened a restaurant in her own home. Her restaurant became a meeting place for Dr. King and many other figures in the civil rights movement. She also was responsible for creating The Club from Nowhere, a network of women who sold meals they had cooked at local institutions, games and rallies, in order to raise money for the Montgomery Bus Boycott carpool. The Club From Nowhere raised a rough equivalent of 1200 bucks a week in today's currency, which helped keep the carpool alive for the 381 days the boycott was in effect. Warning! This episode WILL make you hungry.

INTRO - 11:44 | Deanna talks about the Malleus Maleficarum and dick tre

12:41 - 26:46 | Hannah shares the story of our person of the week, Georgia Gilmore.

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Jane Bolin, The First African-American Female Judge | Episode 48

Jane Bolin was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. The daughter of an attorney in Duchess County, New York, she had a lot to live up to. She did that an more - she became one of three Black students learning law at Yale, a school she was discouraged from attending despite her stellar academic record, and later became the first and only Black female judge in the country. She was an inspiration to many, and remained a staunch advocate for the young and the marginalized for the entirety of her career. She was one seriously Good Witch. 

INTRO - 9:55 | Hannah shares a twitter-sourced ghost/exorcism story that will chill your bones.

10:50 - 42:00 | Deanna shares the story of our person of the week, Jane Bolin.

Summer Heacock's scary ass ghost story:

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The First African-American Aviatrix In The World | Episode 47

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American in the world to earn an international civilian pilot's license. She had to go to France to do it, because no one in the US would teach her. When she came back to the states, she became a barnstormer - a pilot who performed death-defying stunts in the air. She traveled the country lecturing on aviation and performing shows, all with the goal of earning enough money to buy her own plane and open her own flight school. While Bessie didn't live long enough to fulfill her dream of opening a school, she inspired many people who worked hard to make that dream a reality. She is a legend, period, and one seriously good witch.

NTRO - 10:05 | Hannah tells the micro-story of Madame C.J. Walker’s mansion in upstate New York and how it is currently being renovated for something exciting!

11:35 - 42:00 | Hannah tells us the heart rending story of the first African-American aviatrix in the world, and the first African-American ever to hold a civilian pilot’s license.

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Call Me Bond. Ellen Bond. | Episode 41

Elizabeth Van Lew was a Union-sympathizing Quaker living in Virginia during the Civil War. Mary Bowser was a free woman posing as a slave in order to spy on the Confederates and, most notably, Jefferson Davis himself. These bad bitches got up to all sorts of crazy shit - ultimately earning Mary a posthumous place in the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame!

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La Grande Diva Magnifique | Episode 20

Josephine Baker displayed resistance in multiple movements and multiple decades – despite being American born, she fell in love with and moved to France, where she became a war hero for her work as a French spy during World War 2. Later, she was a huge part of the civil rights movement in America, despite the many challenges she faced there. In addition, she was a raging bisexual. In short, she was one bad bitch.

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