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Carolco Pictures was an independent motion picture production company. Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna found it in 1976. They purchased the name Carolco from a defunct company in Panama; the name had no meaning.

Carolco came to prominence in Hollywood with the release of its movie First Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone in 1982. Kassar and Vajna bought the film rights to the First Blood book for $385,000. There was no guarantee the film would do well, but it did great, making $120 million worldwide.

With the success of First Blood, Carolco made a sequel that was released on America’s 10…


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Before the 17th century, humans did not identify according to race. Humans identified according to tribal associations and nation state affiliations. The works of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach started the spark that would change the world’s thinking about race.

Blumenbach studied Craniometry. In 1779, in his work, he divided the human species into five races. These terms are the first time we see racial differentiation in the world. The five races are:

1. The Caucasian or white race, which includes people of European, Middle Eastern, and North African origins.

2. The Mongolian or yellow race, which includes all East Asians and…


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Warren G. Harding was the 29th President of the United States. His Presidency was pretty nondescript and short due to him dying of a heart attack two years into his term. Harding’s Presidency is more known for the scandals, affairs and tomfoolery that went on during his term.

During Harding’s Presidential Campaign, The New York World, called Harding the least qualified candidate since James Buchanan, it deemed him a “weak and mediocre” man who “never had an original idea.” The New York Times described Harding as “ a very respectable Ohio politician of the second class.” …


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Charles “Rich” Richard Patterson (C.R.), was born a slave in 1833 on a Virginia plantation. It’s unclear how he left the plantation, but he ended up in Greenfield, Ohio, where an Underground Railroad station existed. C.R. learned blacksmithing in Greenfield. He later worked as a foreperson for a carriage making company named J.P. Lowe & Company. C.R. would form a partnership with his white boss J.P., but the company would keep its original name with no mention of C.R.

In 1893, C.R. bought out the remaining shares of J.P. Lowe and changed the company’s name too, C.R. Patterson, Son &…


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Esther Lee Jones, also known as Baby Esther or Lil Esther, was a child entertainer from Chicago, Illinois in the 1920s. She was a trained scat singer, dancer and acrobat. Esther’s career began when she won first prize in a Charleston contest at six. A theatre manager named Lou Bolton saw her performance and took her on as a client. Bolton set up performances for Esther in Chicago, New York, Detroit, Toronto and other cities which brought her to the attention of European theatres.

Tom Shayne served as the New York booking agent for Esther. He was also the booking…


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George C. Parker is one of the greatest con man in U.S. history. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Parker preyed on new immigrants arriving to America who were looking for their slice of the American pie. He paid stewards on ships headed to Ellis Island to identify potential targets. The stewards would scope out passengers with loads of cash and a gullable spirit.

Parker opened real estate offices and produced authentic looking documents to prove that he owned various real estate and monuments in New York City. One of Parker’s most successful con’s was to sell the Brooklyn…


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In the aftermath of the Civil War, Wilmington North Carolina was the most progressive city in the south. By 1896, nearly 126,000 Black men in Wilmington were registered voters. The city had a flourishing Black middle class of doctors, lawyers, educators, barbers, restaurant owners, public health workers, police officers and firefighter. Black Republicans held multiple positions of power, serving as city councilmen, magistrates and other elected offices. Wilmington was majority Black before the Civil War, and many freedmen moved to the city after the war to seek safety in a large Black community. …


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In early 1930s Germany faced severe economic woes because of the fallout of World War I. The Nazi party was gaining strength because of growing dissatisfaction with the ruling Weimer Republic. German President Paul von Hindenburg sought to make an alliance with the Nazis against left-wing opponents like the Communist party. Hindenburg asked Adolf Hitler to serve as Chancellor to seal the alliance.

As Chancellor, Hitlers first call of action was to ask Hindenburg to dissolve the Reichstag (lower house of republic legislature) and call for a new parliamentary election. Hitlers goals for his actions was to gain a Nazi…


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As 2020 comes to a close, we will list the top 8 biggest mistakes of 2020. Why 8? Given 2020 is well 2020, I felt its only right to only do a weird number like 8 to cap off this odd year.

8: Washington Football Team cutting Dwayne Haskins

The Washington Football team drafted Haskins, less than two years ago. The team spent a top 15 pick on someone they hoped would be their franchise leader at the team’s most important position for a minimum of 10 years. In less than 2 years, the two sides departed ways. To cut…


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Jesus Christ wasn’t born on December 25th. Sorry if I bursted anyone’s bubble with that news. Shepard’s would not have been out in their fields in the middle of winter. Why do we celebrate this day as the birth of Christ? It’s complicated, but I will walk you through the evolution of Christmas.

The middle of winter has been a time of celebration around the world before Jesus Christ was born. People celebrated the winter solstice, it signified the worst of winter was over and they could look forward to extended hours of sunlight.

During the era of the Roman…

marlon mosley

recovering Lawyer, History buff who wants to share my knowledge with the world . To teach them lessons from our past. see all of the stories on www.mwmblog.com

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