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”

Elizabeth Van Lew

Elizabeth Van Lew (1818-1900) DJ Name: Van Lewdacris Nestled in Richmond’s oldest neighborhood of Church Hill sits the grand Bellevue Elementary  School where the littles show up everyday ready to learn but more eager for recess to get their sticky hands on those monkey bars. This school sits where the home of Union sleuth, ElizabethContinue reading “Elizabeth Van Lew”

Catarina de San Juan

Catarina de San Juan (1607-1688) DJ Name: Catarina Ballerina Today is Cinco de Mayo, and though that means los Americanos are hitting up their favorite local Mexican restaurant in search of tacos and margaritas, it doesn’t actually mean a ton to people in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo doesn’t commemorate Mexican independence – that’s dieciséis deContinue reading “Catarina de San Juan”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) DJ Name: Marjor Key  It’s been a while since we posted a brand-spankin’-new Historic Shuffle, but please excuse us because we’ve been swamped. You know what else is swamped? The Everglades. And one lady who we have to thank for keeping the Everglades a swampy, alligator-filled, blue-and-green beauty is one MarjoryContinue reading “Marjory Stoneman Douglas”

Gutzon Borglum

Gutzon Borglum (1867 – 1941) DJ Name: Gutsy Gutzon Happy belated President’s day to all who celebrate and to all who enjoyed a three-day weekend (thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971 — yes, a real a$$ act that gives you those nice lonnnnnng weekends). In honor of all the Presidents who haveContinue reading “Gutzon Borglum”

Inez Beverly Prosser

Inez Beverly Prosser (1894ish-1934) DJ Name: Dr. Prosser  Here’s a hot tip for the Virginia teacher hot line: Historic Shuffle should be considered state curriculum because who doesn’t want their kids learning about historical figures not in their textbooks and listening to cool music at the same time?  With an abundance of appreciation for ourContinue reading “Inez Beverly Prosser”

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”


Keaunui (and more) Dates unknown (keep a diary, ppl!!)  DJ Name: Keepin’ Up With Keaunui Earlier this week, we observed the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. During the morning of December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese planes swarmed the skies over the U.S. naval base and claimed the lives of 2,400 service membersContinue reading “Keaunui”

Tisquantum, aka Squanto

Tisquantum, aka Squanto (1585-1622) DJ Name: Squantunes  It’s almost Thanksgiving! You know what that means: time to scan the grocery store aisles for some Stove Top stuffing (made by Shufflette Ruth Siems), chop up some beans for a green bean casserole (@ Dorcas Reilly) and, of course, wade through rivers to get to the squishiestContinue reading “Tisquantum, aka Squanto”