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 …

It’s Lit

A new podcast, Mostly Lit, wants to get people “thinking better and being better.” The diverse, London-based trio discuss pop culture and literature, and hope to make reading “cool” again. As African American students perform at significantly lower levels than students nationally, connecting with them through mainstream media platforms may be of help.  Millennials are doing more than just promoting reading …

The Power of Remembrance

In one of his final acts as President of the United States, President Obama designated three new national monuments honoring our history. The three monuments represent pivotal locations and events during the civil rights movement and reconstruction, including the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Alabama and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort, South Carolina. President Obama stated this was …

What’s going on in North Carolina for MLK Day?

We asked and you answered. PushBlack wanted to share service opportunities and community engagement initiatives surrounding MLK Day. After all, it’s a day on – not a day off. Check below to see what your family in North Carolina is up to, and join them if you’re in town! Be sure to check back as this list will be updated as information is …

Our First Lady’s Last Address

In case you somehow missed First Lady Obama’s final White House Address this past week, watch the full video here. Essence also compiled a list of memorable quotes to keep you inspired for years to come. Here’s one of our favorites: “Our glorious diversities of faiths and colors and creeds, that is not a threat to who we are, it …

Michigan Prisons See Benefits of Reform

Solitary confinement is a major pillar of criminal justice reform. As a punishment often outweighing the violation and impacting psyches years after it has ended, activists have held hunger strikes, filed class-action lawsuits and testified before the Senate in opposition to the practice. In order to balance against cases where solitary confinement is undue due to mental illness, or perhaps necessary …

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 …

Progress for Black Political Power

While the need for Black political power could not come at a more opportune time, we wanted to share some positivity as young millennials continue to break ground in the realm of public service. Just last month and at the age of 21, Jewell Jones became the youngest member of the Michigan state legislature as a representative for District 11. In …

Buy Black – But Not at Wal-Mart

Black Lives Matter activists once praised Walmart’s 2015 decision to remove Confederate flags from its online retail market. However, after Breitbart complained that Walmart sold “Bulletproof. Black Lives Matter” paraphernalia and the national Fraternal Order of Police wrote the retailer to ask for its removal, the multinational corporation decided to drop that merchandise, too. While the merchandise was sold through a third-party merchant …

We Have More Black Doctors…Right?

The recent announcement of Dr. Ben Carson as President-elect Trump’s selection for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, despite it’s controversy, got us thinking: where do Black medical professionals stand within our communities, and what impact does history have the growth of this sector? Putting party politics aside, we wanted to shed light on historical underrepresentation of Black medical professionals in the field …