The Next Entertainment Block Blog Entertainment News 02/19/201602/26/2016 Tweet Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans and a time to recognize their integral role in American history. Kansas City and Lawrence are both places that black culture has been prominent in the United States. We decided to highlight two historical figures that transcended American culture, each in their own right. First, is the man that many consider one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, Satchel Paige. Paige was known for his cocky playing style and fast pitch that to this day is unprecedented. Playing in the Negro leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs and others, racking up five Negro leagues MVP awards and winning a championship in 1942. Then at the age of 42, Paige became the oldest rookie in major league history. He would rack up 288 strikeouts and win the World Series in 1948. Satchel Paige was inducted into the hall of fame in 1971 and will be remembered as a Kansas City legend. The Harlem Renaissance was a time in American history when artists, poets, and musicians had the opportunity to express themselves. Many had their time to shine but few had a lasting impact like Langston Hughes. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, and spent most of his childhood in Lawrence Kansas. Hughes provided an insightful and colorful portrayal of black life in America from the 1920’ s-1960’s. He was responsible for writing poems, plays, and short stories that would become the foundation of American literature. He is looked upon as one of the most influential writers in American history. In his last year in office, President Barack Obama, who became the first African-American president in 2008, spoke to a young crowd about the importance of the month. Last week it was Yeezus but this week its “Ew” and “I got my tight pants on.” the tonight show with Jimmy Fallon had a fantastic week with Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lopez, and Vince Vaughn as guests. The most talked about segment was the show’s ever popular “Ew” where jimmy dresses in drag and portrays a young middle schooler named Sara, who thinks everything that her parents do is gross. Especially when her dad gets a Snapchat, like in this week’s episode with the flawless Jennifer Lopez. Side-note, Jenny from the block is forty-six years old. Forty-six. Fallon and Lopez both showed off their dance moves, only to be interrupted by her father. Jimmy also brought back his tight pants skit in which he has some tight pants and dances. This time he brought in will Ferrell and Christina Aguilera. Ferrell was as funny as ever and Aguilera sang her heart out in her tight pants. Some new suggestions on contestants on tight pants; Seth Rogen and Selena Gomez. At a resort near Buenos Aires, a baby dolphin was taken from the sea and passed around by tourists, who ended up killing the poor dolphin. Little did the beachgoers know that the dolphin is a fransicana dolphin, which is endangered with only 30,000 of them left on the planet.