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Sandra Y. Govan

A Los Angeles native and later resident of Vancouver, Washington, Steven Emory Barnes is the third African American author after 1960 to have chosen science fiction and fantasy writing as his primary profession. Barnes established himself through the 1980s as a determined and disciplined writer, one who had followed a cherished childhood dream to become a commercially successful professional writer.

The youngest child of Emory F. Barnes and Eva Mae (Reeves) Barnes, Steven Barnes grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles High, Los Angeles City College, and Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (1978–1980 At Pepperdine he majored in communication arts but withdrew from school before completing a degree frustrated because he thought no one on the faculty could teach him about building a career as a professional writer It was not until Barnes made contact with established science fiction writer Ray Bradbury who sent the novice ...


Jeremy Prema

judo master and a member of the first US Olympic judo team, was born as Linwood George Harris in Kittrell, Henderson Township, Vance County, North Carolina. Harris was born to Jones Lee, a machinist in a cotton mill, and Clotelia George, a spinner in a cotton mill, the youngest of three children. Harris's father died during his adolescence. His siblings were Hallie Rose and Walter Jones Jr. At some point Harris and his family moved to Philadelphia where, at age twelve, he became involved in boxing. He was an amateur boxer throughout high school.

In 1952 he joined the US Air Force and after completing basic training he requested that he be transferred somewhere far from home He ended up at Travis Air Force base in California where he received medical combat training Here he was introduced to judo for the first time One of his patients was a ...


T. J. Desch-Obi

was born Manuel dos Reis Machado in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on 23 November 1900, although some have suggested he was born in 1899 and was only registered on the later date. His mother, Maria Martinha do Bomfim, bet the midwife that she would have a girl, and upon his birth they gave him the nickname “Bimba” (penis), which he retained for life. His working-class father, Luiz Candido Machado, was a champion fighter of a combat game known as batuque, in which the participants used powerful leg strikes to knock their competitors down. Bimba began training in the African Brazilian martial art of capoeira at the age of 12, under the tutelage of an African-born mestre master named Bentinho who worked as a stevedore foreman with the Bahia Shipping Company The following year Bimba also began his fourteen year employment as a stevedore Even as a teenager ...


Ben Penglase

Manuel dos Reis Machado was born in Bahia. He initially called the martial art that he taught “luta regional” (or regional fighting), and this style has since come to be known as capoeira regional. Mestre Bimba was one of the Capoeiramestres or masters who was influential in ...


Vicente Ferreira Pastinha is said to have learned Capoeira as a young boy from an African-born Brazilian named Benedito. He opened his capoeira academy in 1941 in Salvador, Bahia, and worked to preserve the traditional form of capoeira, which he termed capoeira Angola Pastinha was a ...


Nicolette M. Kostiw

also known as Vicente Joaquim Ferreira Pastinha, Brazilian mestre (master) in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira, was born on 5 April 1889 in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. His parents were José Pastinha, a Spanish peddler, and Raimunda dos Santos, an Afro-Brazilian woman. At the age of 10, Pastinha became the target of bullying by an older boy named Honorato. To defend himself, he began learning capoeira from the Angolan-born Mestre Bento (also known as Benedito Angola), a former slave. After months of training, Pastinha challenged Honorato to a fight, defeated him, and was never bothered again. Pastinha continued training, eventually earning the title of Mestre Pastinha. He is remembered as one of the most influential figures in the evolution of capoeira in Brazil.

Pastinha began teaching capoeira at the age of 12 after he entered the Escola de Aprendizes-Marinheiros (Naval Apprentice School) in 1902 After being discharged from ...


Jahaan Martin

sumo wrestler, judo and mixed martial arts competitor, and football player, was born Emmanuel Yarbrough in Rahway, New Jersey, and holds the Guinness record as the largest living athlete in the world Affectionately known as Tiny a nickname he earned at Morgan State University because of his large size he stood six feet seven inches and at one point tipped the scale at well over eight hundred pounds In sixth grade Manny was already five feet eleven inches and 260 pounds Coaches and school administrators wanted him to play football but at age eleven he was not ready for the intensity of the game and refused to play However by the time he entered high school his confidence had grown and so too had his body in ninth grade Manny was six feet four inches and weighed 320 pounds As a high school senior starting tackle ...