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BHM Day 10: Philippa Schuyler


Philippa Schuyler was a child prodigy pianist. She had a rather odd upbringing.  Her father was a black journalist and essayist.  Her white mother was a former bathing beauty from a family of slave owners. Her maternal grandparents believed that mixed race marriages could solve the country’s race problems.  Her mother believed that a diet of raw foods would produce genius so she fed her daughter a diet of raw fruits, vegetables and meat.

Philippa began playing piano as a child and by the time she was a teen she was touring the world. In her thirties she stopped playing the piano and followed her father into the career of journalism. She was killed in a helicopter crash while covering the war in Vietnam.

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