Frederick Douglass: A Life

February is Black History Month, so this morning the Educator-in-Chief offered us a l’il history.

Frederick Douglass. Huge with the blacks.
Frederick Douglass. Huge with the blacks.

“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things, Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”

He didn’t have time to cover everything, so I’ve made a short list below of things you probably didn’t know about Frederick Douglass. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

  • gaining traction
  • huge impact
  • very big with the blacks
  • invented peanut butter
  • and the stoplight
  • integrated the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • “skyhook”
  • phenomenal singing voice
  • sat in the front of the Underground Railroad
  • made millions from the hot comb
  • married a Kardashian
  • “The Greatest”

Favorite 2016 Videos

Produced in various years, these are the videos I enjoyed watching in 2016.

Just in time for Christmas. If you’ve been crossed off Santa’s list, not to worry.

Without the Gabor sisters, we never would have had the Kardashians! See Zsa Zsa deliver her most memorable line! See an intrepid spaceman attacked by a stuffed animal! And through it all…acting! You’re welcome.

Hef, Barbie Benton, Jack Cassidy, Hal Frazier and Buddy Rich doing a “wild number”? Did it ever get any cooler than Playboy After Dark?

I have no idea what this is, but I can’t stop watching it.

Not to be outdone by slobbering dogs, this is the coolest cat video of 2012. An old favorite.

Dog. Cat. Now rat — taking care of his business.

Before there was “daytime talk,” there was the weekday afternoon movie.

And finally, this one — which I thought was hilarious during the summer — hit a little too close to home.