What Motown and Techno Have in Common

The global electronic music industry is worth $7.1 billion. From house clubs to international music festivals, the industry has amassed millions of fans and cemented itself as an industry soundhouse. Few know the roots of this genre in Black America. One of the largest subsets of the genre, techno, can trace its origins to a geographic location: Detroit, Michigan (well, …

What Motown and Techno Have in Common

The global electronic music industry is worth $7.1 billion. From house clubs to international music festivals, the industry has amassed millions of fans and cemented itself as an industry soundhouse. Few know the roots of this genre in Black America. One of the largest subsets of the genre, techno, can trace its origins to a geographic location: Detroit, Michigan (well, …

The Awe-Inspiring Tale of The Real McCoy

“The Real McCoy” is a phrase you have probably heard at some point in your life, but do you know the man behind the legend? Meet renowned inventor Elijah McCoy. Elijah was born in 1844, the son of formerly enslaved Blacks who escaped from Kentucky to Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. Educated in segregated Canadian schools, Elijah quickly …

The Awe-Inspiring Tale of The Real McCoy

“The Real McCoy” is a phrase you have probably heard at some point in your life, but do you know the man behind the legend? Meet renowned inventor Elijah McCoy. Elijah was born in 1844, the son of formerly enslaved Blacks who escaped from Kentucky to Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. Educated in segregated Canadian schools, Elijah quickly …

Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

It is not uncommon to hear pundits talk about about Black voters’ unfaltering loyalty to the Democratic party, regarding the Black vote for Democrats as an inevitability. Indeed, for the past few presidential races, 90% of Black voters have chosen the Democratic candidate. However, 100 years ago Black voters had this same loyalty for the the Republican Party. Even as …

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 …

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 …

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 …