You Can Thank These Black Women For Your Favorite Movies

We all have films that we love in the Black community, but how often do we pay attention to exactly who brought those movies to life for us? While we all may be able to recognize a Spike Lee joint, there are countless Black directors whose contributions to the film industry go unrecognized. This is especially true when it comes …

The Emergence of Jazz as the Ultimate Genre

The origin of jazz is a complex story about the relationship between music and race in America. It was born from Black artists who came from a tradition of making the most of their limited resources to create something out of nothing. These individuals subverted the traditional use of European instruments and made something new. They drew on the Black …

The Remarkable Legacies of the Stokes Brothers

The Stokes brothers are political legends in Cleveland, Ohio. Here’s why. Though born as the great-grandsons of enslaved Africans, and raised in the impoverished Cleveland neighborhood of Central, Carl and Louis Stokes would grow up to become judges, political leaders, and history makers. As a high-school dropout, Carl Stokes would later join the army, work in foundry, and then complete …

The Emergence of Jazz as the Ultimate Genre

The origin of jazz is a complex story about the relationship between music and race in America. It was born from Black artists who came from a tradition of making the most of their limited resources to create something out of nothing. These individuals subverted the traditional use of European instruments and made something new. They drew on the Black …

Dashcam Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Philando Castile’s Murder

On Tuesday evening, Ramsey County, MN released dashcam footage of the police-led shooting death of our brother Philando Castile. This heartbreaking imagery adds an exclamation point to the end of this year-long sentence. A sentence that began on July 6, 2016 as Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the gut wrenching scene of officer Jeronimo Yanez killing Castile as she and …

Celebrating Juneteenth in the Realities of 2017

It’s been over 150 years since our ancestors were “freed” from slavery. Well, it’s been 150 years for some of them. On June 19th, we celebrated the 152nd anniversary of “Juneteenth,” or “freedom day.” It was on this day in 1865 that the last enslaved Africans were freed in Galveston, TX. Although President Lincoln enacted the Emancipation Proclamation two years …

Dashcam Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Philando Castile’s Murder

On Tuesday evening, Ramsey County, MN released dashcam footage of the police-led shooting death of our brother Philando Castile. This heartbreaking imagery adds an exclamation point to the end of this year-long sentence. A sentence that began on July 6, 2016 as Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the gut wrenching scene of officer Jeronimo Yanez killing Castile as she and …

Dashcam Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Philando Castile’s Murder

On Tuesday evening, Ramsey County, MN released dashcam footage of the police-led shooting death of our brother Philando Castile. This heartbreaking imagery adds an exclamation point to the end of this year-long sentence. A sentence that began on July 6, 2016 as Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the gut wrenching scene of officer Jeronimo Yanez killing Castile as she and …

Why is the FBI so threatened by Assata Shakur?

Black liberation activist Assata Shakur was placed on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. As the only woman and only black person on the list, what makes Shakur such a threat? Colorlines outlines the history of this list and Assata Shakur’s background in this article. “Assata Shakur has been given many names over the past four decades. Her political allies …

Kaepernick Ain’t The Only One

In recent months, Colin Kaepernick transitioned from headlines that praised  his protest of the national anthem, to headlines that praised his charitable contributions. In addition to fighting famine in Somalia, he supported Meals on Wheels with $50,000 to assist the elderly in the U.S. But Kaepernick isn’t the first athlete to use his [or her] power of celebrity to make a political …