Art & Culture

Whats Underneath

The “What’s Underneath” Series Reveals the Naked Truth of Womanhood

Social networks are abuzz with tweets and posts demanding diversity among the women who are respected, appreciated and awarded for their work in creative industries. As we continue our efforts to ensure that the necessity of women of color is acknowledged, it’s important that we call more attention to the lesser-known ladies who are killing…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , | Comments closed
Bessie Coleman

Black Imprints: Bessie Coleman Was The First Black Female To Earn A Pilot’s License

If the name Bessie Coleman does not ring a bell, she was the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license in 1922. Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas. She was of Native American and African American descent and one of 13 children. Her parents were sharecroppers and the children all…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , , | Comments closed
Jo Ann Robinson

Black Imprints: Jo Ann Robinson Is A Hero Who Is Often Overlooked For Her Involvement In Organizing The Montgomery Bus Boycott

We rarely hear about the crucial role that Jo Ann Robinson played in the bus boycott. Often times, her story is overlooked as her role played out in the background. When we think about the Montgomery bus boycott that lasted from 1955-1956, the first name that comes to mind is Rosa Parks who was arrested for refusing to…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed
jay-z-1024

Jay Z Will Be The First Rapper Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

This is a Public Service Announcement: Jay Z will be the first rapper inductee in the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame. From hustling his way through the infamous Marcy Projects to becoming an unstoppable global business leader, the head-honcho of Roc Nation has had an impeccable career. Since the late 80s, the rapper has shared…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments closed
kahlil_music_mistress_index

‘Lemonade’ Director Kahlil Joseph Shares Spell-bounding Short, ‘Music is My Mistress’

Kahlil Joseph, the visual mastermind behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade, shared a short film entitled Music is my Mistress. His work of art spans across various artists including Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, FKA twigs and more. Joseph’s latest endeavor is in collaboration with Kenzo and Annapurna. Starring Jesse Williams and Tracee Ellis Ross, the film features music from Shabazz…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , , | Comments closed
img-solange_103749653739-e1484460862436

Solange, Sampha, and Kaytranada to Take the Stage at Lovebox 2017

Our boss lady Solange is spreading her magic overseas after recently being added to the star-studded line-up for Lovebox 2017. Headlined by Frank Ocean, the London festival is set to take place at Victoria Park on July 14 and 15. Sampha, Kaytranada, and Jamie xx will also be joining the A Seat at the Table star for two days of top-notch…

Read More
Also posted in News | Comments closed
vmoc3qocan2ahnhof50a

Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ Remake Casts Donald Glover as Simba

After racking up awards for his work on Atlanta and securing the role of Lando in next year’s Han Solo film, Donald Glover has joined the cast of another major Disney production. Last night (Feb. 18), Director Jon Favreau took to Twitter to announce two essential puzzle pieces for his new Lion King remake, first naming Glover to play the…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , | Comments closed
Afrofuturism Series Sun Ra

A New Animated Series Explores the Sophistication of Afrofuturism with Sun Ra

Journalist and filmmaker Sama’an Ashrawi is the brainchild behind an awesome, new animated series exploring Afrofuturism using some of the real life trailblazers behind the culture-centric, Sci-Fi aesthetic. In just over 2 ½ minutes, the first experience maps cosmic captain Sun Ra’s journey into the stars through music. Delving into the various distinctive aspects of…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , , | Comments closed
oprah-winfrey-1260x840

HBO’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Starring Oprah Winfrey Will Debut this April

Last summer, we got news of HBO picking up the nonfiction bestseller written by Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne the film is slated to debut Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. EST. The film will chronicle the investigation behind Henrietta Lacks, an African American tobacco farmer who’s cells known as HeLa, were…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed
Moonlight by Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Pays Tenderly Warm Homage to Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’

As the art world continues to welcome diverse creators, the recent influx of Black art taking mainstream industries by storm has been a much needed glimmer of light amidst all of today’s calamities. But before our demands for representation were ever given an ear, a few institutions and agencies, like the Alvin Ailey American Dance…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments closed
crwn

CRWN Magazine Promotes Self-Love in Issue No. 2, “The Love Issue”

There is always great value in having publications and institutions that celebrate Black people and our culture. However, it’s never more necessary than after events like the Grammys, which has historically snubbed some of the most iconic work from our favorite Black artists. Today’s release of CRWN Magazine’s second cover couldn’t come at a better time.…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , | Comments closed
HBO Animals

Solange, Big Boi, Whoopi Goldberg & More Get Animated in HBO’s ‘The Animals’

Returning for its second season, HBO’s The Animals is stocked with star-studded narrations we never imagined hearing from the mouths of cartoon creatures. The guests list includes Solange, Big Boi, Usher, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. Set in New York City, The Animals focuses on the downtrodden livelihood of pigeons, rats and roaches native to Earth’s least-habitable…

Read More
Also posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments closed