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 Real Reason Why Black People “Don’t Travel”

Before #TravelNoire, the Black Travel Movement may have seemed like an upper-class privilege. But in reality, Black people have been traveling this whole time – we’ve just had to maneuver restrictions and prejudice in the process. And that hasn’t always been well-documented. During Jim Crow, it was dangerous to travel while Black. Laws mandated that public places in the South …

“Masters,” Music, and Money: Black Artists and the Record Industry

Black artists have contributed insurmountably to the music industry and popular culture alike. Though our presence and impact are undeniable, many artists have received the short end of the stick when it comes to the business side of the industry.   Historically, record companies have lured artists into recording contracts with lofty advances (more appropriately termed “loans”) that must be …

Power to the Pulitzer! Black Authors Awarded Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is one of the most revered awards in and across American journalism, literature, or music. Only thirteen are awarded each year; and since 1917, the award has signaled excellence across industries. Nominees are announced in April of ever year, with prizes awarded the following May. There are currently 21 categories of the award and this year we had …

Coltrane’s Only Live Performance

The man, the legend: John Coltrane. On the cusp of the soon-to-be released documentary, “Chasing Trane,” we’re celebrating some of his most iconic moments. “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” features interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Cornel West, President Bill Clinton, and Common – with Coltrane’s own words narrated by Denzel Washington. If you’re new to the game and don’t …

Clint Smith Explores Black Joy & Black Pain in New Book

Last year, we sat down with our friend Clint Smith, renowned poet and writer whose TED talk, “How to Raise a Black Son in America” is reaching millions of folks. Smith recently published his first book, Counting Descent, and we got the chance to ask him a few questions. Pre-order the book here. In May, you became a Cave Canem …

#BlackAtWork – Havas Chicago Edition

Corporate America comes with its challenges — namely, being a “minority” in a “majority” environment. From cultural incompetency to downright ignorance, the stories shared amongst Black colleagues on their interactions with white colleagues are laughable, at best. But implicit bias in the boardroom has other effects – like fewer Black hires, promotions and even shading in the delegation of responsibility. These …