These Two Hometown Heroes are Taking Back Compton

Compton is one the nation’s most beloved cities, especially for hip hop fans. Though well-respected for its music, the city also has quite the reputation when it comes to gangs and violence. As a result of the crack epidemic and the United States’ malicious Drug War of the 1980s, decades of gang-related violence plagued the streets of Compton. While local …

Thurgood Marshall Was the Right Man at the Right Time

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the nation’s first African-American Justice, Marshall exemplified an unyielding commitment to the fight for equality for marginalized groups. Throughout his twenty-four year tenure on the Supreme Court, Marshall championed Civil Rights issues and made tremendous strides, combining legislation and political activism. Upon being …

Thurgood Marshall Was the Right Man at the Right Time

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the nation’s first African-American Justice, Marshall exemplified an unyielding commitment to the fight for equality for marginalized groups. Throughout his twenty-four year tenure on the Supreme Court, Marshall championed Civil Rights issues and made tremendous strides, combining legislation and political activism. Upon being …

You Can Thank These Black Women For Your Favorite Movies

We all have films that we love in the Black community, but how often do we pay attention to exactly who brought those movies to life for us? While we all may be able to recognize a Spike Lee joint, there are countless Black directors whose contributions to the film industry go unrecognized. This is especially true when it comes …

You Can Thank These Black Women For Your Favorite Movies

We all have films that we love in the Black community, but how often do we pay attention to exactly who brought those movies to life for us? While we all may be able to recognize a Spike Lee joint, there are countless Black directors whose contributions to the film industry go unrecognized. This is especially true when it comes …

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 …

Dashcam Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Philando Castile’s Murder

On Tuesday evening, Ramsey County, MN released dashcam footage of the police-led shooting death of our brother Philando Castile. This heartbreaking imagery adds an exclamation point to the end of this year-long sentence. A sentence that began on July 6, 2016 as Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the gut wrenching scene of officer Jeronimo Yanez killing Castile as she and …

Dashcam Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Philando Castile’s Murder

On Tuesday evening, Ramsey County, MN released dashcam footage of the police-led shooting death of our brother Philando Castile. This heartbreaking imagery adds an exclamation point to the end of this year-long sentence. A sentence that began on July 6, 2016 as Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the gut wrenching scene of officer Jeronimo Yanez killing Castile as she and …

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 …

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 …