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” …
At PushBlack, we draw a lot of our inspiration from the black newspapers and magazines of the 1950s and 60s, which often served as megaphones for the Civil Rights Movement and black liberation. We like to think of ourselves as continuing their tradition but with 21st century tools and tactics.
Hey, PushBlack fam! The Great Recession brought high unemployment rates and hard times to a lot of Americans. Unfortunately, economic hardship is no stranger to black Americans, who have been dealing with Great Recession unemployment rates ever since becoming free from slavery and sharecropping. Despite these challenges, black families have always found creative ways to make it in America.
Hey, PushBlack fam! It’s back to school time, and as students start their semesters, we’re experiencing a lot of nostalgia here at PushBlack’s headquarters. One of our favorite memories from school was coming back to our dorm from a long day of classes, sitting down on the couch, and watching black sitcoms.
Hey, PushBlack fam! There has always been a revolutionary nature to black art. From the moment Plymouth Rock landed on us, we have used our creativity to fight back. Our enslaved ancestors planned revolts and shared escape plans through negro spirituals. The Black Power movement gave rise to the equally revolutionary Black Arts Movement. Now, the Black Lives Matter movement adds momentum to our modern day efforts to fight back through our creativity.
Hey, PushBlack fam! Lately, we’ve been talking about voting rights. Coincidently, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed 50 years ago today because of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Shabazz, Huey P. Newton, Zora Neal Hurston, and Thurgood Marshall – all of whom were members of Black Greek Letter Organizations. From criminal justice reform to organizing for reproductive rights, black greeks continue to work on the issues affecting the black community.
Hey, PushBlack fam! As of late, we’ve been in our feelings thinking about voting rights and how they’re currently under attack in North Carolina. One day, we discussed the similarities between Selma and right now. The other day, we talked about how Reconstruction paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement.
Hey, PushBlack fam! Last week we went back 50 years to 1965 Selma, Alabama to provide some context around the voter suppression happening in North Carolina right now. Today, we’re going way back, 150 years to the Reconstruction Era, to get a better understanding of what’s happening in the Tar Heel State. This is part 2 of our 3 part series on NC voting rights. Look out for part 3 next week.
Hey, PushBlack family! Last Monday marked the beginning of a federal trial to determine the legality of North Carolina’s voter suppression laws. Since these laws passed in 2013, the political climate in North Carolina has reflected that of the American South during the Civil Rights Movement. Lawmakers continue to pass laws that harm women, people of color, the poor, and LGBTQ folks.
Hey, PushBlack family! Today, we want to wish our sister-friend Diahann Carroll a happy birthday! You watch Scandal right? Of course you do. Well, Diahann Carroll’s show Julia paved the way for Scandal as the first network TV show with a black woman as the lead. (Scandal is the second…40 years later). Although Julia was hit with much criticism for not depicting a realistic view of black life during the turbulent 1960s, Carroll called for support from her audience to contact the networks to express their issues.