What Happened to this Black Innovation? The Real Origins of Country Music

The backlash and controversy over Beyoncé performing at the 2016 Country Music Awards was a powerful reminder of just how far the genre has strayed away from its roots. The average connoisseur of country music likely has little appreciation for (or knowledge of) the genre’s true origins: with Black people. There would be no Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, or Rascal …

What Happened to this Black Innovation? The Real Origins of Country Music

The backlash and controversy over Beyoncé performing at the 2016 Country Music Awards was a powerful reminder of just how far the genre has strayed away from its roots. The average connoisseur of country music likely has little appreciation for (or knowledge of) the genre’s true origins: with Black people. There would be no Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, or Rascal …

What Happened to this Black Innovation? The Real Origins of Country Music

The backlash and controversy over Beyoncé performing at the 2016 Country Music Awards was a powerful reminder of just how far the genre has strayed away from its roots. The average connoisseur of country music likely has little appreciation for (or knowledge of) the genre’s true origins: with Black people. There would be no Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, or Rascal …

Things To Do This Week: Celebrate Juneteenth

2017 marks the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth –  the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Although many associate Abraham Lincoln’s January 1, 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation as the end of this brutal practice, it wasn’t until two years later that Union soldiers announced the end of the Civil War, and read aloud …

How the “Briefcase Salesman” Became a Car Dealing King

Heralded as the “Auto Dealer Advocate” by Black Enterprise, Al Johnson broke barriers in the automobile industry, and readily paved a way for others to follow. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Johnson became the first African-American to be awarded a General Motors franchise and later became a leading independent Cadillac dealer.   To do so, he capitalized on the attempted …

Riot or Rebellion: What Happened in Newark, NJ in 1967?

It’s been 50 years since the Newark riots, but has anything changed?   For five nights, gunfire, looting, and flames burgeoned the city of Newark, New Jersey, leaving 23 people dead, 700 injured and forever changing the psyche of the city’s residents.   As reported by the New York Times, Linda Caldwell Epps recalls that “there is not one truth, …

Introducing the Greatest Olympic Runner of All Time

The idea that Blacks are inherently stronger, faster and feel less pain than people of other races was used to justify slavery, ill-treatment and even unethical medical practices for hundreds of years. Though disproved by countless medical studies, the notion of Black “beastality” or other mischaracterizations are now used to undermine the hard work of Black athletes –  claiming their …

Introducing the Greatest Olympic Runner of All Time

The idea that Blacks are inherently stronger, faster and feel less pain than people of other races was used to justify slavery, ill-treatment and even unethical medical practices for hundreds of years. Though disproved by countless medical studies, the notion of Black “beastality” or other mischaracterizations are now used to undermine the hard work of Black athletes –  claiming their …

Introducing the Greatest Olympic Runner of All Time

The idea that Blacks are inherently stronger, faster and feel less pain than people of other races was used to justify slavery, ill-treatment and even unethical medical practices for hundreds of years. Though disproved by countless medical studies, the notion of Black “beastality” or other mischaracterizations are now used to undermine the hard work of Black athletes –  claiming their …

How the World’s Richest Black Man Lost It All

It would take 138 Oprahs to amass Mansa Musa’s wealth. Yes, you read that right! Musa is considered the richest person in all of history with an estimated net worth of $400 Billion, and the crazy thing is few folks have ever heard of him. So, who was Mansa Musa? During the early 14th century, Musa served as emperor of …