Beyonce interviews Solange for a dose of #BlackSisterMagic

2016 was full of artists using their talent, passions and influence to speak on issues impacting Black and Brown communities. Queen Beyonce recently interviewed her sister, Queen Solange, to discuss the writing process, emotional implications, and real-life stories of Solange’s latest album, A Seat at the Table. Here’s one of our favorite quotes: “Because the album really feels like storytelling for …

“Reverse Racism.” Come again?

Typically, “reverse racism” is used by a white person when they feel threatened or uncomfortable by a racialized term or reference. Many folks argue that this phenomenon doesn’t even exist, citing that discrimination against members of a dominant racial group cannot occur because of the imbalance of power between the majority and the minority. This article lays out the argument pretty …

A Well-Deserved Honor

Viola Davis secures a well-deserved spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This week, Davis, who has graced the screen in “Fences,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Hidden Figures” (to name a few) was recognized for her achievements with one of the most iconic honors of all time. Bravo, sister. Bravo. But while a vast majority of our …

August Wilson’s Fences: from playwright to silver screen

Fences premiered this week to crowds of Black families who hit the theaters over the holiday. With a star-studded cast including Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, the film adaption of August Wilson’s original play has already garnered nods for two Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Though based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title, much …

The Original Empire: Madam C.J. Walker

During the holiday season we also celebrate the birthdate of one of America’s first self-made millionaires. Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was born on December 23, 1867 on a cotton plantation in Louisiana. As the daughter of recently freed slaves, Walker used her own scalp ailment as an impetus to invent a line of hair care products specifically tailored to …

#BlackJoyMatters for Happy Black People

At PushBlack we’re committed to discussing real issues, turning a lens towards history, and highlighting the awesomeness that is and always will be BLACK. That’s why, in this week’s #BlackJoyMatters post, we want to highlight some melanin-latent smiles that are worthy of a Crest commercial. Special thanks to Essence for promoting these shots of #BlackJoy, available for purchase in hardback form in Andre L. …

It Goes Down on Black Twitter

While Facebook fights to control the fake news swarming its site, PushBlack turns the spotlight on Black Twitter – – which uses its own tactics to ward off imposter profiles. It’s no surprise that #BlackTwitter has been a source of refuge, information and healing for the Black community. Which is why white supremacist groups have tried to infiltrate the collective …

Black Joy Matters

Because the news – and reality – can sometimes be daunting on our psyches and a burst of positivity is needed to start the weekend right. In this TED talk, Shonda Rhimes discusses how committing to a “Year of Yes” fueled her life with positivity, reconnected her to her family and reenergized her historic career. [Read here]   Via Ozy

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON: How to get involved

There’s been much discussion about potential hindrances to protestors gearing up for President-elect Trump’s inauguration. We’re happy to share that as of today, the Women’s March is still on and will begin at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol, at 10:00am on Jan. 21, 2017. The march is led by some phenomenal women …

What does it mean to be a Black superhero?

On the cusp of Netflix’s announcement that a second-season of Marvel’s Luke Cage is in the works, and after filing through the pages of Ta-Nehisi Coates “Black Panther,” it’s a safe bet to assume that Black superheroes are what’s hot. It’s no surprise that art is a reflection of the times – and series like Luke Cage and “Black Panther” …