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BHM Day 20: Howard “Sandman” Sims

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Howard Sims was a tap dancer who received the name “Sandman” because of his practice of sprinkling sand on the stage to alter and amplify the sound of his dancing.

He began his career in Vaudeville.  But he is perhaps best known for his work of nearly 50 years at the Apollo, where he would usher booed acts off the stage with a broom or hook.

In the 1980s he served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. and performed around the world.

He taught tap to stars like Gregory Hines and Ben Vereen and even helped Muhammad Ali with his boxing footwork.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.