Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) DJ Name: Don’t Lorraine On My Parade Happy Pride Month, everyone! In the past we’ve written about Sylvia Rivera, Audre Lorde, Stormé DeLarverie and Bayard Rustin, who all had one thing in common: each was open about their sexuality in different ways, despite the fact that identifying as part of the LGBTQ+Continue reading “Lorraine Hansberry”

A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979) DJ Name: Notorious Porter Patrol  Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but this isn’t a story about MLK because we already know that he had a dream and that he definitely listened to “Politics as Usual” by Jay-Z and “Cranes in the Sky” by Solange. So instead, we’ve decided toContinue reading “A. Philip Randolph”

Caroline Herschel

Caroline Herschel  (1750 – 1848) DJ Name: DJ COMETkaze In 2012, Rihanna said “shine bright like a diamond.” But before that, Caroline Herschel said “shine bright like a star shooting across the sky at a velocity of 11 kilmoters per second.” Approximately. Caroline knew all about math and calculations and stuff, not because Jaime EscalanteContinue reading “Caroline Herschel”

Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante (1930 – 2010) DJ Name: Pa’(esca)Lante  So, it’s basically fall. Pumpkin candles are out of stock. Sweater weather is approaching. And school is kinda, sorta back in session…virtually, but also not? Who’s to say? As many questions about the future of American education are at the forefront of a not-so-normal back-to-school season, weContinue reading “Jaime Escalante”

Charlotta Bass

Charlotta Bass (1874-1969) DJ name: Cha Cha Slide History was made when Joe Biden picked Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice President — making her the first Indian-American AND the first Black woman to be nominated for second-in-command on a major party’s ticket. But Kamala (who definitely listens to Taylor Swift and Doja Cat), isContinue reading “Charlotta Bass”

Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin (1880 – 1973) DJ Name: Jammin’ Jeannette   On August 18, 1920, women (read: white women) were finally given the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. And a week later on August 26th, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby officially certified its passage with his signature. One of those (white) womenContinue reading “Jeannette Rankin”

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) DJ Name: Tricky Mickey A man of many names: “The Commerce Comet,” “The Mick,” “A Great Teammate” and, to us, “Tricky Mickey.” This man gave everyone 100% reason to remember his name: Mickey Mantle, a grand slam of a baseball player.  So why have one walk up song when you can haveContinue reading “Mickey Mantle”

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) DJ Name: Márquez the Mixer Just like us during the winter when the cold, bitter air of the East Coast freezes our fingertips, bananas crave tropical climates. They prefer the soupy heat of the area that surrounds the equator where they can drink lots of water and bask in the sun’sContinue reading “Gabriel García Márquez”

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851) Stage Name: Shuffler Shelley A little over 200 years ago, Mary Shelley created Dr. Victor Frankenstein who created a monster that would change 10th grade English class syllabi forever. Though Dr. Frankenstein learns that he must be held accountable for his decisions and experiments, and the monster learns that he’sContinue reading “Mary Shelley”