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How Black History Month Came to be

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February marks the annual observance of Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that honors the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Furthermore, the month sheds light on the massive influence Black men and women have held in shaping the world around them. It is not a random occurrence that February […]

The Source Black History Month Digital Cover: Hip-Hop is Black History

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Every year, February is marked as Black History Month as the nation remembers the efforts of our icons and legends that pushed forward the efforts of equality for Black people, created and led innovations that pushed forward American culture, and constructed lanes for future generations to strive in. Each of those sectors of Black achievement […]

First Grade Teacher Dresses as Prominent Figures in Black History to Bring Awareness to Students

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In an effort to bring awareness to students about Black history, LaToya McGriff, a first-grade teacher at Creekside Elementary School in Suffolk VA,  decided to dress up as prominent figures from the past for the entire Black History Month.  Visit for more information In a statement, McGriff who is also apart of the Black History Committee says this […]

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’

Spotify Taps Pharrell Williams to Curate 'Black History is Happening Now'

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. Visit for more information The initiative is planned to celebrate Black History beyond […]

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. Visit for more information We took a moment to journey through the mind of Kojo Owusu-Kusi, what we learned from him […]

‘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. Visit for more information Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany […]

Marge Harlan, 85 Year Old White Woman, Builds Black History Library & Replica Slave Cabin


Eighty-five-year-old Marge Harlan, a retired psychologist and a school teacher, used $175,000 of her own money to build a Black History library in west-central Missouri’s Sedalia in hopes of improving race relations. Accompanied by a replica of a slave cabin that has caused some controversy. Visit for more information The library is named after black […]

“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. Visit for more information Since […]

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 […]

Puffy and LL Cool J Discover Free Ancestors Pre-Emancipation in “Finding Your Roots”


Tuesday evening [February 16, 2015], preceding the Black Panther documentary that aired on PBS, two of Hip Hop’s most credited pioneers sat down to discover the little know history of their ancestry in PBS’s Finding Your Roots. Visit for more information In separate experiences, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and James Todd Smith, also known as […]

The Top 10 Nike Black History Month Sneaker Homages


Swoosh BHM Visit for more information 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. […]

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. Visit for more information Mrs. Obama has been engaged in many humanitarian efforts, from the […]

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 […]

Viola Davis Makes Black History At The 2015 Emmys – Watch Her Acceptance Speech Here!


Visit for more information “Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” There’s absolutely no stopping this smoking train, Viola Davis has had one incredible year. History was made at Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, as Davis became the first Black actress to win […]

Black August: The Assassination Of George Jackson


Today in history, George Jackson was murdered by prison guards during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin in 1971 Visit for more information 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 […]

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

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Visit for more information 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 […]

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

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