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”

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”

Ughetto degli Atellani

Ughetto degli Atellani 1400s DJ Name: Ughettin’ This Bread Just as eels played an important role in the first Thanksgiving celebrations in America, panettone plays a similar role in Italian Christmas traditions. Since we’re approaching the day that Santa will slide down the chimney, we’re getting into the Christmas spirit here at Historic Shuffle byContinue reading “Ughetto degli Atellani”


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”

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) DJ Name: Fly Bly With little formal writing training, Nellie Bly proved throughout her life that the pen was mightier than the sword. Nellie was a sneaky gal, nosing her way around town and blowing things wide open in newspapers. When Nellie began her career, women weren’t writing breaking newsContinue reading “Nellie Bly”

Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair (1950-1986) DJ Name: MC McFlair Ground control to Major Tom Ronnie? If the STS-51-L space mission had gone to plan, Ronald McNair would have celebrated his seventh decade of life yesterday. However, fate is fickle and Ronnie never even got to see his fourth decade. What should’ve been one of the proudest andContinue reading “Ronald McNair”