Friday, February 13, 2009

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Black History Month & Rich List


Abraham Lincoln & Charles Darwin

FEB12(yesterday) was the birthday of two great historical icons. 
They were both great in their different ways -and they helped changed the world. 

The scientist and the politician each touched off a revolution that changed the world. 
And they were born in the same year, on the same day: Feb. 12, 1809.

Black History Month

The black history month is celebrated worlwide in the month of february except for the UK-they celebrate theirs in October.
Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Founding group  
The NAACP was formed partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln. 
Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard, both the descendants of abolitionists, William English Walling and Dr. Henry Moscowitz issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice. Some 60 people, seven of whom were African American (including W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell), signed the call, which was released on the centennial of Lincoln's birth.

The event drew many of Hollywood's biggest names in the black community. This year's events marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP and also acknowledged the significance of last month's inauguration of President Barack Obama.

"If there had been no N-A-A-C-P, there would be no O-B-A-M-A," Perry told the crowd at the beginning of the evening. Beyonce's performance, which opened the telecast, included photographs of key people in the civil rights movement as well as Obama.

Money Makers
Madonna Tops 2009 Music Money Makers List

From,the top five Moneymakers are also the five acts that earned the most on tour, and in the same order, according to Billboard Boxscore. Eight of the top 10 Moneymakers are in the Boxscore top 10.
Even more remarkably, the top Moneymaker -- Madonna --  only had the 50th-best-selling album in the country. She ranked 14th on the list of digital track sellers and didn't place on the ringmasters chart. Her place on Moneymakers, like her $242,176,466 income, comes from the highest-earning tour that took place in 2008.

1. Madonna: $242,176,466
2. Bon Jovi: $157,177,766
3. Bruce Springsteen: $156,327,964
4. The Police: $109,976,894
5. Celine Dion: $99,171,237
6. Kenny Chesney: $90,823,990
7. Neil Diamond: $82,174,000
8. Rascall Flatts: $63,522,160
9. Jonas Brothers: $62,638,814
10. Coldplay: $62,175,555
11. The Eagles: $61,132,213
12. Lil Wayne: $57,441,334
13. AC/DC: $56,505,296
14. Michael Buble: $50,257,364
15. Miley Cyrus: $48,920,806
16. Taylor Swift: $45,588,730
17. Journey: $44,787,328
18. Billy Joel: $44,581,010
19. Mary J. Blige: $43,472,850
20. Kanye West: $42,552,402

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