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Nas to Perform ‘Illmatic’ With Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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Nas’s Illmatic is still the holy grail of Hip-Hop albums 25 years after its initial release. Young “Nasty” Nas literally transformed the rap game and things were never the same. Just last year, on Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, Nas performed Illmatic in Washington D.C., accompanied by an orchestra. The […]

Spotify Taps Pharrell Williams to Curate ‘Black History is Happening Now’

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Legendary artist Pharrell is collaborating with Spotify to highlight the continuous contributions to American history be Black People. In a campaign called Black History is Happening Now, the tandem will release content digitally to celebrate achievement and inspire Black female creatives. The initiative is planned to celebrate Black History beyond February and united with the […]

Lessons In Black Art History With Kojo Owusu-Kusi

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Art is one of the purest forms of history, during this historic month we would like highlight one Black visual artist. His artistic expression is related to his blackness, Hip-Hop culture and African roots. We took a moment to journey through the mind of Kojo Owusu-Kusi, what we learned from him shows why art is the […]

‘Girls Trip’ Makes History, Surpasses $100 Million Mark

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Congratulations are in order for the breakout comedy of this season, Girls Trip, as it has officially made history after passing the $100 million mark, becoming the first film written by, directed by, starring, and produced by African-Americans to do so. Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip is written […]

“Juneteenth” Recognized As African-American Independence Day

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“Juneteenth” (June 19) marks the day slaves in Texas first learned slavery had been abolished. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed and in effect since January 1, 1863, the news didn’t reach the Lone Star State until June 19, 1865. Naturally, it was cause for a grand celebration. Since then, generations of African-Americans in […]

Ava DuVernay Is Showcasing The Effect Of #BlackGirlMagic On The Legendary Battle Of Versailles Fashion Show In New Film

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Ava DuVernay is currently collaborating with The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete writer Michael Starrbury to write a script for the film adaptation of Robin Givhan’s 2015 book The Battle Of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into The Spotlight And Made History for HBO Films. DuVernay will also be producing Battle of Versailles […]

The Top 10 Nike Black History Month Sneaker Homages

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Swoosh BHM Black History Month arrives every February and it serves as a correction of an imbalance in recognition. Every year we celebrate the work of important african american figures and overall progress. The world collectively pays homage this month and tributes to a historically under appreciated faction of the population. The celebration that is the […]

Celebrating The Lasting Achievements Of First Lady Michelle Obama

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During Black History Month (and every month of the year), we celebrate the strength and awareness of Michelle Obama, and recognize her accomplishments over the course of her time as the first Black First Lady of the United States. Mrs. Obama has been engaged in many humanitarian efforts, from the Red Cross, the fight against […]

Happy Birthday Madam C. J. Walker

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Today in 1867 in Delta, Louisiana, the first female self made millionaire was born. Sarah Breedlove aka Madam C.J. Walker was the first free child born in her family. Both of her parents and all six of her older siblings were slaves on the Madison Parish Plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was orphaned […]

Black August: The Assassination Of George Jackson

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Today in history, George Jackson was murdered by prison guards during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin in 1971 Black August originated in California in honor of Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden; known as the San Quentin Six. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the […]

Misty Copeland Named The First Black Women To Be Named Principal Of American Ballet Theater

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Black Girls Rock! This ballerina is easily making history – landing the cover of Time magazine, being recognized in 60 minutes, and starring in ballet’s biggest roles across the nation. Misty Copeland, 32, has been a soloist with the American Ballet Theater since 2007, and she now makes the first African-American principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year […]

Watch White Parents Demand Apology From School For ‘Black Lives Matter’ Event

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCNc0aUKlNY Virginia family tells “Fox & Friends” how they pulled their daughter from school after ‘Black Lives Matter’ event Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” interviewed two White Virginia parents, Rebecca and Charles, who were outraged because their 8-year-old daughter’s school district held a Black History Month ‘Black Lives Matter’ event. The parents complain […]

Her Source | Seven Influential Black Women That We Should All Know

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Today marks the beginning of Black history month and it’s only fitting to pay homage to 7 very influential women that we should all know, from Harriet Tubman to Oprah. There are so many original women who have reshaped the course of history, and taking a moment to acknowledge them is a matter of respect […]

Harriet Tubman Escapes From Slavery On This Date In 1849

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Today in history: December 6, 1849 one of the most renowned African American slaves, Harriet Tubman, escaped and headed north Born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, she endured the harsh existence of a field hand, including brutal beatings. In 1849 she fled slavery, leaving her husband and family behind. Tubman using the network of […]