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A Brief History On April 8, 1974, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron slugged his 715th career home run at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta to surpass Babe Ruth as the all-time major league home run hitter. We use this historic event to enjoy some alliteration in the title (one of our favorite things) and to give you our list of the 10 African American (male) athletes we think should be considered among the greatest. Remember the “American” part of the list, as great Black and African heritage athletes from places outside the US are not being considered. Feel free to nominate your…

A Brief History This article provides a list of Criterion Collection Blu-ray titles released in U.K., distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Digging Deeper The Criterion Collection is a video distribution company which specializes in licensing and selling “important classic and contemporary films” in “editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements.”1 Janus Films and the Voyager Company established The Criterion Collection in 1984 as a privately held company concentrating upon the North American home video market. In March 2016, Criterion announced that due to a distribution partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment select Criterion Collection titles would be launching in U.K. as Blu-ray editions, starting on April 18, 2016.…

A Brief History On October 19, 1781, British and German forces outnumbered 2 to 1 by American and French forces finally surrendered after a 3 week siege of Yorktown, Virginia.  Also known as The Battle of Yorktown or The German Battle, this was the decisive battle of the American Revolutionary War, even through the official end of hostilities would take another 2 years.  The defeat and capture of Cornwallis and all his forces was a defeat on a scale unacceptable to the British government, who would begin negotiations for a peace settlement soon after word of the disaster arrived in…

A Brief History On September 16, 2001, 83 year old B-movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff died, bringing an end to an era of movies so bad they were good.  Born in Iowa in 1918 to a Russian -Jewish family did not seem to lead to Hollywood, especially with an initial direction toward studying law (graduating from Loyola of LA with a law degree). Digging Deeper Still, Arkoff managed to find his way into the movie business, where he produced low budget, slapped together movies that almost invariably succeeded in making money.  Responsible for starting the genre of outlaw biker movie…