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Solange, Red Bull Music Academy & The Guggenheim Museum Present: “An Ode To”

Our undeniably talented boss lady Solange will be collaborating with the Red Bull Music Academy in New York to add to its running list of groundbreaking performances at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on May 18th, 2017. Solange will activate the museum’s iconic Rotunda space with an interdisciplinary performance piece and meditation examining themes from…

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Director of ‘Burning Sands’ Hopes To Spark A Discussion In The Black Greek Community

Gerard McMurray, the writer and director behind the Netflix original film Burning Sands is prepared to lead the discussion that surrounds keeping Black Greek organizations alive. As a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, one of the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities that make up the “Divine 9” organizations, he is ready to…

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Tupac’s Handwritten Lyrics for “Dear Mama” Is Selling for $75,000

The late Tupac Shakur’s prized possessions have been resurfacing quite a bit in the last couple of years. Many of these items have been auctioned off to some of the highest bidders, while some remain on the market. The latest item is the rapper’s handwritten lyrics for his 1995 hit song “Dear Mama.” This song in…

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Kerry Washington To Bring ˈThe Mothersˈ Novel To Life

Kerry Washington will play a major role in bringing the debut novel The Mothers by Brit Bennett to the big screen, proving that there are clearly no limits to what she can do. Somehow, she effortlessly pulls off being a mother, wife and a phenomenal actress simultaneously. The novel explores the life of a young…

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Yara Shahidi Receives College Recommendation From Michelle Obama

We are rooting for Black-Ish star, Yara Shahidi, who recently underwent the gruelling college application process. However, after receiving a recommendation letter from Michelle Obama, she’s definitely well on her way. Yara has proven to be wise beyond her years. She bravely speaks out on the political climate and has shown that she is dedicated to empowering women—a trait…

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Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Scheduled To Return In July For Season 2

Issa Rae announced via Twitter that her hit HBO series Insecure will be premiering its second season on Sunday, July 23rd. In perfect Issa style, she toyed with our emotions as she playfully dodged the many questions that we all NEED answers to. The only answers she gave us were the announcement of the new season and…

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Interview: PJ Morton Is Sending A Message To All Of The Dreamers With “Claustrophobic”

After auditioning for a spot as a keyboardist for the American pop-rock band Maroon 5, the multi-faceted PJ Morton left an incredible mark on the group. What was supposed to be a temporary fill-in would later take Morton across the world touring alongside lead vocalist Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, James Valentine and Matt…

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Octavia Spencer Pokes Fun at “Hidden Fences” in SNL Monologue

We continue to fall deeper in love with Octavia Spencer. Not only is she a brilliant actress and author, but she is also quite hilarious. Spencer hosted Saturday’s SNL by opening the show with a monologue that poked fun at this awards season’s reoccurring error where media announcers repeatedly called Hidden Figures by the wrong…

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Hebru Brantley Reimagines NBA Team Logos In Honor Of Black History Month

Hebru Brantley has reimagined the NBA team logos as a way to celebrate Black History Month. He credits his Chicago upbringing as the inspiration behind his work. Brantley’s way of presenting difficult subject matters to his audience is authentic, and maintains a personal touch of warmth that makes his visual expressions easy to digest. In…

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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…

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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…

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Black Imprints: A Look At The First Comic Books By A Black Author

Comics have always been inclusive when it comes to implementing people of color into the story line. Of all the various media forms, comics were some of the early adaptors who made room for Black characters. We have celebrated many moments of inclusion in recent years, but before there were ever a RiRi Williams , Storm…

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