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Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Wins Peabody Award

It is beyond any doubt, a solid fact that Beyonce‘s Lemonade is certainly one of the most moving projects of our time, and it’s getting notable praise in all the best places. This year, the University of Georgia’s prestigeous Peabody Award praised the HBO-premiered visual album in the Entertainment Programming category, as a part of HBO Entertainment…

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Morgan Freeman to Produce Limited Series About Rodney King

LAPD’s brutal assault on Rodney King in 1991 is one of many moments in American history that mark the nation’s stagnant progress toward equality. Before social media’s big boom, a 26-year-old Black man was beaten in the street by four Los Angeles law enforcement officers who would later be acquitted (despite the camera-documented use of…

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Solange Celebrates The Life & Legacy Of Zora Neale Hurston On New BBC Segment

Recently, our own Solange took time out to celebrate the life and legacy of the acclaimed renaissance woman and author Zora Neale Hurtston, considered to be one of the pre-eminent voices in 20th century Black literature, on a BBC Radio 4 documentary entitled Seriously… During the 6 minute segment, Solange reflects on Hurston’s role in…

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Vote Paris Strother of KING for Governor of the Recording Academy’s LA Chapter

The ladies of KING have been simultaneously creating sublime, one-of-a-kind music and pioneering a movement for musician women of color. So it should come as no surprise that KING’s lead instrumentalist Paris Strother has been nominated for Governor of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy. If you’re a Grammy voter, here’s your chance…

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Photographer & Painter Barkley Hendricks Passes Away at Age 72

Rarely is it difficult to find beauty in Black people, but visual artists have a way of bottling that beauty in paint, portrait and sculpted pieces in awe-inspiring ways. Barkley L. Hendricks was one of those artists who we have to thank for taking the world of art by storm and helping to make it…

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Franchesca Ramsey Lands Comedy Central Show

I first encountered Franchesca Ramsey the way most people did: Shit White Girls say to Black Girls. Having gone to a PWI (a predominately white institution), watching Franchesca check off every microaggression of my college was years was both hilarious and cathartic. Unsurprisingly, this led to a firestorm of opposition which landed her a seat…

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The Roots Coin 2 Divergent Children’s Series with Amazon

The band of living legends that comprise The Roots have teamed up with Amazon to do something special for today’s youth. Loved by fans across the nation for their original contributions to music and as the house band of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Grammy-winning hip hop band are reported to develop both an…

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Kelly Rowland’s Honest ‘Whoa, Baby!’ Book is Now Available

The lovely, talented (and now wife and mother) Kelly Rowland has openly shared her slight unpreparedness for motherhood’s not-so-commonly discussed, but totally normal and completely unexpected occurrences. While pregnancy and motherhood are two topics you won’t be hard-pressed to find a plethora of books and articles on, you will notice that most are bland, vague…

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In this April 6, 2017 photo Rhea McCauley a niece of Rosa Parks poses in front of the rebuilt house of Rosa Parks in Berlin. McCauley donated the former Detroit house of Rosa Park to American artist Ryan Mendoza  who has taken apart the  Michigan house that Rosa Parks once lived in and rebuilt it in the German capital, to raise awareness about the late civil rights activist and her legacy.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Has Been Relocated To Berlin, Germany

Detroit’s effort to clean up the city would have costed it a piece of its own history.  Rosa Parks’ niece Rhea McCauley purchased her aunt’s Detroit home for $500 to interrupt its planned demolition. Teaming up with artist Ryan Mendoza and several volunteers, she was able to physically move the home to Berlin, Germany piece by…

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Little Simz Narrates Missy Elliott-themed Afrofuturistic Animation

It’s really time for a major broadcast company to get behind Sama’an Ashrawi who is the perfect candidate to create the first modern, animated Afrofuturist series to television (our vote is to keep the brilliant Little Simz onboard for narration too). In the fifth installment of his webseries exploring the ties between creativity, artistry and Afrofuturism,…

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British Vogue Names Edward Enninful New Editor-in-Chief

Leaving his position as Fashion and Creative Director at W Magazine, Ghana-born fashion maven Edward Enninful has just been named British Vogue’s new editor. Beginning his career in fashion as a model, Enninful later became a Contributing Editor at both American and Italian Vogue (among many other publications). Having paid his dues and made efforts to successfully…

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Lawrence Lindell’s New Children’s Book Teaches Black Boys to Treat Black Girls with Respect

Lawrence Lindell is changing the narrative of how Black boys ought to treat Black girls. His new book From Black Boy With Love derived from firsthand experience of being around Black boys and men who put down girls with darker skin tones and/or kinky tresses. Lindell believes that in order for things to change, our young boys/future…

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