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whatpath:

Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?
Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
Coffee

Cameras


Experimental Physics


Chess


Soap


Shampoo


Perfume/spirits


Irrigation


Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons


Combination locks


Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)


Surgical instruments


Anesthesia


Windmill


Treatment of Cowpox


Fountain pen


Numbering system


Algebra/Trigonometry


Modern Cryptology


3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)


Crystal glasses


Carpets


Checks


Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.

University
Optics
Music
Toothbrush
Hospitals
Bathing
Quilting
Mariner’s Compass
Soft drinks
Pendulum
Braille
Cosmetics
Plastic surgery
Calligraphy
Manufacturing of paper and cloth
It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.
It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.
It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.
It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.
It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.
It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.
It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey
It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.
It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.
The list goes on………..
Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!
Sources:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD
http://www.ummahedinburgh.co.uk/radio/files/Muslim-Invention-Article.pdf

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Feb 19, 2014 / 204,200 notes

robots-and-electric-sheep:

whatpath:

Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?

Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:

  • Coffee
  • Cameras

  • Experimental Physics

  • Chess

  • Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Perfume/spirits

  • Irrigation

  • Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons

  • Combination locks

  • Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)

  • Surgical instruments

  • Anesthesia

  • Windmill

  • Treatment of Cowpox

  • Fountain pen

  • Numbering system

  • Algebra/Trigonometry

  • Modern Cryptology

  • 3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)

  • Crystal glasses

  • Carpets

  • Checks

  • Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.

  • University
  • Optics
  • Music
  • Toothbrush
  • Hospitals
  • Bathing
  • Quilting
  • Mariner’s Compass
  • Soft drinks
  • Pendulum
  • Braille
  • Cosmetics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Calligraphy
  • Manufacturing of paper and cloth

It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on………..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD

http://www.ummahedinburgh.co.uk/radio/files/Muslim-Invention-Article.pdf

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gohoneycocolove:


Sachmo serenades his wife amid the Sphinx
Feb 14, 2014 / 744 notes

gohoneycocolove:

Sachmo serenades his wife amid the Sphinx

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sorthvania:

naamahdarling:

sonneillonv:

ohfortheloveofcas:

mentalfacts:

Fact# 5857: Henrietta Lacks died in 1951. The tumor that killed her has been alive and growing to this day. The tumor is immortal and was used to progress the Polio vaccine and is the jumping point for most human cell research to this day. Scientists have grown some 20 tons of her cells.

They forgot the part where they took the cells and grew them without her consent.

They also forgot the part where to this day her family and still-living descendants have not received any compensation for the use of her stolen cells.

They also also forgot the part where she was Black.


This is a book you need to read.



Over the years, the Lacks family became used to the occasional phone calls from reporters and researchers. 

They told what little they knew to Rolling Stone and Jet magazines and to the BBC. 

What family members couldn’t get used to was what had happened to Hennie. 

They were angry at Johns Hopkins because they felt the hospital removed her cells without her permission.

They were bewildered by all the scientific jargon and how researchers took their blood but did not follow up or explain the results, they said. None of the children have developed their mother’s aggressive cancer.

They were enraged by biomedical companies that produced the cells like they were printing money and sold them for millions, while many in the family couldn’t afford health insurance.[SOURCE]
Feb 11, 2014 / 16,113 notes

sorthvania:

naamahdarling:

sonneillonv:

ohfortheloveofcas:

mentalfacts:

Fact# 5857: Henrietta Lacks died in 1951. The tumor that killed her has been alive and growing to this day. The tumor is immortal and was used to progress the Polio vaccine and is the jumping point for most human cell research to this day. Scientists have grown some 20 tons of her cells.

They forgot the part where they took the cells and grew them without her consent.

They also forgot the part where to this day her family and still-living descendants have not received any compensation for the use of her stolen cells.

They also also forgot the part where she was Black.

This is a book you need to read.

Over the years, the Lacks family became used to the occasional phone calls from reporters and researchers.
They told what little they knew to Rolling Stone and Jet magazines and to the BBC.
What family members couldn’t get used to was what had happened to Hennie.
They were angry at Johns Hopkins because they felt the hospital removed her cells without her permission.
They were bewildered by all the scientific jargon and how researchers took their blood but did not follow up or explain the results, they said. None of the children have developed their mother’s aggressive cancer.
They were enraged by biomedical companies that produced the cells like they were printing money and sold them for millions, while many in the family couldn’t afford health insurance.
[SOURCE]

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In March last year a popular celebrity, Alexander Bard, declared on national television station SVT that there is nothing wrong with calling black people “n*ggers” – “If I can refer to myself as a faggot then I should be able to call black people n*ggers” – and when confronted on social media by an Afro-Swede, he insisted on using the word repeatedly to make his point.

Last April, at a student dinner gathering at the prestigious Lund University, students arrived with their faces blacked up, with nooses and shackles around their necks and arms, and led by a white “slave trader”. During the course of the evening, a slave auction was enacted.

When I filed a complaint, I was subjected to a racist reprisal. Apart from threats against me and my family, a manipulated picture of me as a slave in shackles was made into posters bearing the words, in Swedish: "This is our runaway n*gger slave and he answers to the name Jallow Momodou. If you should find him please call this number." These were put up in several different spots around my workplace, Malmö university. Rev Jesse Jackson himself condemned the harassment.

In October 2010, a white Swedish man went on a rampage in Malmö, shooting more than 20 people of colour and killing one. The killer was officially considered to be a lone wolf with psychological problems rather than a terrorist with racist motives, and he has still not been prosecuted.

At the start of last year, a sex education film caused outrage because it showed a black guy having sex with a white girl. More than half a million comments were posted on the internet, mainly commenting on how disgusted they were at this “betrayal” of the white race and corruption of the purity of the Swedish gene pool. The entire incident, though, was not even commented on by a single politician.

Despite all these incidents, however, Sweden has created an image for itself of paradise and harmony, which has been bought into by the rest of the world. It is a challenge for all of us to revise the Swedish self-image, starting in our schools, to understand how racism has taken hold in this country.

Sweden abolished the slave trade in 1847 well after nations like Britain; but few people know this part of its history. The Swedish exceptionalism – the idea that Sweden is disconnected from slavery and colonialism – has made it very difficult to discuss the racist structures that black people face today.

Racism is about power, in which those who operate the levers believe it is OK to discriminate, dehumanise and denigrate without consequence. This is what the culture minister is relying on: a racist structure that ignores racial incidents and ultimately makes them part of the norm. This is what the true image of Swedish society looks like.

Jallow Momodou, Sweden: the Country Where Racism is “Just a Joke”

#EUROPE AINT RACIST THO

Cue the white tears: “but we don’t have racism here that’s U.S.-centric we only have xenophobia and discrimination that totally includes white people!!!!111”

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blackinasia:

It’s fascinating looking at representations of Africans in Chinese CCP propaganda from the 60s and early 70s. During this time period, China saw itself standing in solidarity in a class struggle with POC in Africa, Asia and Latin America against white-led American and European imperialism. The CCP also saw itself as having led a revolution which could be modeled by the peoples of these nations. Representations of Africa in the propaganda of this era therefore show tremendous camaraderie and brotherhood, presenting a united front against Western imperialism and colonization.

At the same time, though, these images are also steeped in a deep sense of racialized paternalism, which the last image, “Saviour” speaks tremendously to as well. This was due in part to the fact that the CCP’s revolution came earlier and was therefore the model revolution which they were “teaching” to Africans, but it also played directly upon antiblack stereotypes of African people as explicitly primitive (see the poster in which the “silver needle of friendship” is passed) and requiring the stewardship of the Chinese CCP in their march toward freedom in their own countries. The paternalism evident in the “friendship” is clear and plays into these racist, demeaning tropes, raising up a Chinese (rather than white) savior for African peoples in the face of Mao ZeDong.

These images are therefore interesting in the ways they evoke a sense of global POC solidarity against white-led imperialist forces from America and Europe, portray African leaders in a positive and noble light, generally work to show brotherhood between Chinese and African peoples, but then also plays to racist tropes like the “noble savage” trope and positions Africans and other POC in the developing world in solidarity but ultimately under Chinese CCP stewardship with a Chinese savior (Mao ZeDong) who “gets” their struggle, rather than a white one— but still a demeaning, paternalistic savior nonetheless.

Very interesting images to examine, especially for those interested in the history of relationships between Africans and Chinese people, and all of this come courtesy of chineseposters.net’s amazing article “Foreign Friends: African Friends.”

(h/t chineseposters

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thechanelmuse:

High School picketerHouston, Texas, May 10, 1965 / Unidentified photographer.
Feb 9, 2014 / 7,679 notes

thechanelmuse:

High School picketer
Houston, Texas, May 10, 1965 / Unidentified photographer.

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coolchicksfromhistory:

Kate Brown 
Art by Carmen Jones (tumblr, portfolio)
Kate Brown was a free black woman who began working for the US Senate as a laundress in 1861.  Within a year, she was promoted to supervisor of the ladies retiring room.  This was a noteworthy position for a young woman of color and Kate became known to Senate employees as a woman of intelligence and refinement. 
On February 8, 1868 she boarded a Washington, DC bound train in Alexandria, Virginia after visiting a sick relative.  The carriage she boarded was reserved for ladies, but a railroad policeman ordered her to leave on the basis of her skin color.  Kate refused and two employees physically forced her out of the carriage, leaving her bruised and injured on the railroad platform.  Kate was bedridden for several weeks after the altercation, coughing up blood from a lung hemorrhage. 
Horrified by what had happened, Senators Charles Sumner and Justin Morrill called for an investigation into the event.  The Senate issued a report critical of the railroad which reaffirmed Kate’s right to travel without racial restrictions.  Although segregation was legal on trains in some parts of the country at this time, the 1863 congressional charter authorizing the Washington & Alexandria Railway barred racial segregation.  The clause “That no person shall be excluded from the cars on account of color” was included in the railroad’s charter at the instance of Charles Sumner.
Empowered by the support of the Senate, Kate sued the railroad for $20,000 ($360,000 in today’s money) and a District of Columbia court awarded her $1,500 ($27,000 in today’s money).  The Washington & Alexandria Railway appealed the decision, arguing that they complied with the charter by providing two separate but identical cars.  The US Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision and Kate was compensated by the railroad.
Kate returned to her job within months of her assault in Alexandria and she remained a Senate employee until 1881.
The Senate’s 1868 report can be found here.
Feb 8, 2014 / 1,364 notes

coolchicksfromhistory:

Kate Brown 

Art by Carmen Jones (tumblr, portfolio)

Kate Brown was a free black woman who began working for the US Senate as a laundress in 1861.  Within a year, she was promoted to supervisor of the ladies retiring room.  This was a noteworthy position for a young woman of color and Kate became known to Senate employees as a woman of intelligence and refinement. 

On February 8, 1868 she boarded a Washington, DC bound train in Alexandria, Virginia after visiting a sick relative.  The carriage she boarded was reserved for ladies, but a railroad policeman ordered her to leave on the basis of her skin color.  Kate refused and two employees physically forced her out of the carriage, leaving her bruised and injured on the railroad platform.  Kate was bedridden for several weeks after the altercation, coughing up blood from a lung hemorrhage. 

Horrified by what had happened, Senators Charles Sumner and Justin Morrill called for an investigation into the event.  The Senate issued a report critical of the railroad which reaffirmed Kate’s right to travel without racial restrictions.  Although segregation was legal on trains in some parts of the country at this time, the 1863 congressional charter authorizing the Washington & Alexandria Railway barred racial segregation.  The clause “That no person shall be excluded from the cars on account of color” was included in the railroad’s charter at the instance of Charles Sumner.

Empowered by the support of the Senate, Kate sued the railroad for $20,000 ($360,000 in today’s money) and a District of Columbia court awarded her $1,500 ($27,000 in today’s money).  The Washington & Alexandria Railway appealed the decision, arguing that they complied with the charter by providing two separate but identical cars.  The US Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision and Kate was compensated by the railroad.

Kate returned to her job within months of her assault in Alexandria and she remained a Senate employee until 1881.

The Senate’s 1868 report can be found here.

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Jan 28, 2014 / 10,004 notes

nnekbone:

odinsblog:

styleest-eternel:

odinsblog:

brown-brown:

odinsblog:

*cough*

Hold up keep JT out of this

Lol…nah bruh…I been giving JT a serious side eye ever since he left Janet hanging at the Super Bowl that time

He did what anyone would’ve done to keep their own asses out of trouble. And compared to these other two? He really should be left out of it.

Orly? “What ANYONE would have done?” Hm…let’s see if we can’t recall any other stars who weren’t worried about “keeping their own asses out of trouble” who did things far harder than what JT failed to do & who actually did the right thing when it counted

1) Muhammad Ali faced a trial by the federal government for refusing to go to war as a conscientious objector…and he was a Black man in the 60s with quite a lot to lose…but he risked imprisonment and still managed to do the right thing 

2) and there was Marilyn Monroe, who refused to play gigs at a racially segregated club, The Mocambo, if the owners didn’t agree to let Ella Fitzgerald play their venue. That was actually riskier than what JT was facing given that it was segregated, Jim Crow America in the mid 20th century

3) there was also Marlon Brando who refused to accept an Oscar to make a statement about how poorly America treats Native Americans. That was also much riskier than what JT failed to do

(SN: Macklemore could have done something similar if he was really as down as he pretends to be)

4) and the Dixie Chicks once made a principled statement condemning George Bush’s invasion of Iraq, which effectively ended their careers…also much gutsier than what JT didn’t do

5) Sinead O’Connor once tore up a picture of the Pope on SNL on live national television to bring attention to the child rape/abuses of the Catholic Church. That single act put a serious delay her budding career. Love the Pope or hate him, she knowingly put her career on the line to do what she thought was right

6) and lots of other writers, musicians and actors during the political witch hunts Joseph McCarthy held, got themselves permanently barred from their chosen fields simply because they refused to lie about their political affiliations 

The people I listed were all at various points in their career paths, some more successful than others, and some even paid the price for taking a stand…but they all literally took on the establishment and risked ending those careers

I am 100% certain there are many other similar instances that I’m either forgetting about or am unaware of, but please…don’t act like JT did “what anyone else would have done” just bc you’re stanning for him or don’t know your history

And what is it we’re really talking about here? Nothing so grandiose as any of the examples above. No one was asking him to take a bullet and kill his career. At the very least, JT could have publicly gone out & immediately made the rounds on the late night talk show circuit and said, “Hey, my bad. I totes didn’t mean to expose Janet’s breast. My hand must have slipped or something” (even though I’m absolutely certain that was the entire point of the so-called malfunction) Instead he went into immediate radio silence & became captain-Kanye-shrug afterwards

Remember: accident or not, he actually pulled off her breast piece & never once went to bat for her (and ofc Janet’s musical career suffered greatly) FFS… I ~*still*~ hear commercials on the radio that literally say how JT “was present at Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction” as if he were away in a dressing room offstage somewhere

And as far as not including him with the other two..? Hell, they’re only tryna get in on a hustle that JT perfected shortly after discarding Janet Jackson: using Black bodies, Black music & Black culture as ornaments to further their careers. That game’s been around longer than Elvis -it’s called cultural appropriation, Whitewashing and erasure

Look, it’s totally cool if you think JT is hot or handsome or whatever…I get that and I’m not one of those guys who can’t admit if another guy is handsome (I will argue all day long with you if you try to say he’s a great singer tho)…just don’t try to bs me w/that “he did what anyone would have done” crap bc he’s a fave of yours. Lots of people do the right thing when it actually counts, even when it costs them dearly

So no, JT does not get a special exemption, because he hasn’t earned one

And FWIW: as far as Macklemore's pathetically weak publicity stunt masquerading as a twitter apology…IF he honestly felt he didn't deserve the award and IF he really wanted to give his Grammy to K-Dot, well I know it was the Golden Globes but I do seem to recall once when Ving Rhames won one of his very first critical award for acting…and then promptly handed it over to Jack Lemmon. Agree or disagree with that, but he gave it away and it was genuine and it was real 

THIS!!!

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rootsnbluesfestival:

Janis Joplin and Tina Turner perform at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 27th, 1969.
Jan 19, 2014 / 113 notes

rootsnbluesfestival:

Janis Joplin and Tina Turner perform at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 27th, 1969.



afro-life:

Crown Princess (later Empress) Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia. Photograph taken sometime around 1920.
Jan 17, 2014 / 1,555 notes

afro-life:

Crown Princess (later Empress) Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia.
Photograph taken sometime around 1920.

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books0977:

Hester Booth (c.1722-1725). John Ellys (English, 1696-1757). Oil on canvas. V&A.
Hester Booth (ca.1690-1773) was a leading dancer and actress on the London stage in the 1710s and 1720s, and was well known for her appearances as a female Harlequin. She made her stage debut at Drury Lane Theatre on 28 February 1706. There are no surviving records of the performance but a month later her ‘Harlequin Dance’ was being advertised on Drury Lane playbills.
Jan 16, 2014 / 177 notes

books0977:

Hester Booth (c.1722-1725). John Ellys (English, 1696-1757). Oil on canvas. V&A.

Hester Booth (ca.1690-1773) was a leading dancer and actress on the London stage in the 1710s and 1720s, and was well known for her appearances as a female Harlequin. She made her stage debut at Drury Lane Theatre on 28 February 1706. There are no surviving records of the performance but a month later her ‘Harlequin Dance’ was being advertised on Drury Lane playbills.

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Jan 14, 2014 / 1,538 notes

reflectionof1:

Artist:Kevin A. Williams/WAK

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blackhistoryalbum:

Actress Pearl Mae Bailey with her husband, Louis Bellson, an Italian American jazz composer, arranger, bandleader and drummer. Circa 1950s
Jan 10, 2014 / 1,545 notes

blackhistoryalbum:

Actress Pearl Mae Bailey with her husband, Louis Bellson, an Italian American jazz composer, arranger, bandleader and drummer. Circa 1950s

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Jan 9, 2014 / 15,111 notes

bktoatl:

Our Maafa (African Holocaust)



Husband consoles wife at the auction block.

David Newton’s superb memorial guarantees that these souls will forever be remembered in the universally honored spirit of triumph over adversity.

(David Newton’s Freedmen Memorial Park – Dallas, Texas)
 

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robotoseckshau5:

quantumcappuccino:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

reflectionof1:

Born today, the first Black Video Game Engineer and Designer and inventor of the modern game console, Gerald “Jerry” Lawson (December 1, 1940 – April 9, 2011). “At a time when the computer and video game industry was primarily filled with Caucasian males, Jerry Lawson was an innovator. He created of the first cartridge based video game console (the Fairchild Channel F), designed of one of the fir…st coin-op arcade games (Demolition Derby), was the head of Videosoft, an early independent developer for the Atari 2600, and the first African American in the video game industry to achieve such accomplishments.” Lawson was born in 1940 and grew up in a federal housing project in Queens, New York. As a kid, he operated a ham radio; as a teenager he earned money by repairing his neighbors’ television sets. As an engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawson designed the electronics of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later renamed the Channel F, in 1976. Predating the release of Atari’s Video Computer System by a year, the Channel F was the first videogame machine that used interchangeable game cartridges, which Fairchild sold separately. Previous game machines like Atari’s Pong and the Magnavox Odyssey had all their games built into the hardware.  Lawson’s pioneering design set the standard for the game consoles of today.

Yep. Before him, the games were built into the machine so you could only play the games that came built in your system. Lawson made it possible for people to play multiple different video games at home. 

HOLY SHIT

SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS, this man changed the whole game, FOR EVERYONE. (it only makes me sad this isnt brought up much).
Jan 5, 2014 / 21,533 notes

robotoseckshau5:

quantumcappuccino:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

reflectionof1:

Born today, the first Black Video Game Engineer and Designer and inventor of the modern game console, Gerald “Jerry” Lawson (December 1, 1940 – April 9, 2011).

“At a time when the computer and video game industry was primarily filled with Caucasian males, Jerry Lawson was an innovator. He created of the first cartridge based video game console (the Fairchild Channel F), designed of one of the first coin-op arcade games (Demolition Derby), was the head of Videosoft, an early independent developer for the Atari 2600, and the first African American in the video game industry to achieve such accomplishments.”

Lawson was born in 1940 and grew up in a federal housing project in Queens, New York. As a kid, he operated a ham radio; as a teenager he earned money by repairing his neighbors’ television sets.

As an engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawson designed the electronics of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later renamed the Channel F, in 1976.

Predating the release of Atari’s Video Computer System by a year, the Channel F was the first videogame machine that used interchangeable game cartridges, which Fairchild sold separately. Previous game machines like Atari’s Pong and the Magnavox Odyssey had all their games built into the hardware.

Lawson’s pioneering design set the standard for the game consoles of today.

Yep. Before him, the games were built into the machine so you could only play the games that came built in your system. Lawson made it possible for people to play multiple different video games at home. 

HOLY SHIT

SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS, this man changed the whole game, FOR EVERYONE. (it only makes me sad this isnt brought up much).

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