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Grace Jones Let’s Us In In New Documentary

Seeing Grace Jones at the Afropunk ball was an almost religious experience. She was everything you’d expect Grace to be: a top rate performer, funny, impenetrably cool, and aesthetically out of this world and ahead of our time. I ended up seeing her twice: once at the ball and once after Lauryn Hill performed another…

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Kehinde Wiley Commissioned by Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for Barack Obama’s Official Portrait

Barack Obama made history as this country’s first ever Black president and to say he’s missed goes without question. But sometime in 2018, we’ll all be able to see his face alongside his predecessors as he’s tapped New York-based portraitist Kehinde Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait that will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Following in Obama’s…

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ICYMI: Beyoncé’s “Freedom” is This Year’s Day of the Girl Anthem

Yesterday was Unicef‘s fifth annual International Day of the Girl, a cause that spotlights how critical it is for girls to grow up in this world without fear, abuse and disregard. In celebration of the day’s significance, the charity organization shared some endearingly fierce girlhood in all its pint-sized glory. A video of young girls…

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ICYMI: Lionel Richie to Produce Curtis Mayfield Biopic

The film world, especially the biopic lane, is increasingly bringing the stories of a lot of Black culture’s icons to the spotlight. The extraordinary Curtis Mayfield‘s story is getting a biopic to be produced by fellow musician Lionel Richie. The film is a collaborative development between Richie’s RichLion Productions, Mayfield’s estate and Altheida Mayfield (Curtis’…

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16 Black Voiced Podcasts Worth Adding to Your Playlist

The Podcast wave is an ever changing media landscape that offers new ways to control and receive digital content. From music, to entertainment news, show recaps, spirituality, and more, there is a podcast on virtually everything. But most people of color probably never feel encouraged enough to explore the generically placed “podcast” app that is automatically installed on…

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ICYMI: ABC’s Black-ish Enlists The Roots for Juneteenth Education Song

Never failing to directly, and tastefully, address uncomfortable and unjust realities, ABC’s Black-ish is the comedy series that’s an easy favorite among the plethora of surface sitcoms out now. The show’s Season Four premiere flawlessly upheld its reputation with a Juneteenth-themed storyline. Iconic, genre-crossing band The Roots stepped in for an educational tune that explains…

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Jay-Z, Chloe x Halle, Cardi B and More to Perform at Tidal Hurricane Relief Concert

A slew of our favorite acts, such as Chloe x Halle, are set to perform on October 17th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for Tidal’s Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert. The streaming service has held annual benefit shows since 2015 that have featured performances from Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, and Usher. This year, Angie Martinez will host the…

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You Can Now Preorder Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir

Hollywood’s favorite mom and everyone’s favorite auntie in their head is about to have us torn between our TVs and her memoir. Jenifer Lewis‘ (most recently splitting our sides as Black-ish‘s Ruby Johnson) fittingly-titled book The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir is now available for preorder via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is widely…

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Melina Matsoukas Will Direct and Executive Produce Marlon James Novel-adapted Series

We couldn’t be more proud of our girl Melina Matsoukas. Her résumé already boasts a ton of #goals-worthy accomplishments including her work as Director for Issa Rae‘s HBO Comedy series Insecure. Now, she’s taking to Amazon Studios where she’ll executive produce and direct a series based on Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. The…

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Katherine Johnson

NASA Names Research Facility After Human Computer Katherine Johnson

It doesn’t have to be Black History Month to celebrate all of this Black girl magic! NASA has named its new research facility after real-life hidden figure Katherine Johnson. Known as the “human computer,” Katherine joined the NASA team in 1953 until she retired in 1986. The West Virginia native became a high school freshman by…

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Watch Pharrell Take a Knee During a Charlottesville Concert

In light of current controversy, taking a stand for Black lives means taking a knee. A countless number of people have stood in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and injustice against people of color. Yesterday, Pharrell added his name to a long…

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Stevie Wonder Takes “Both Knees” in Solidarity for Betterment of America

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” declared Stevie Wonder as he knelt down during his performance at the 6th annual Global Citizen Music Fest. This weekend was much like any other since the 45th inauguration – a dark overcast of blatant racism from the “leader” of the free world was home to many of our…

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