July 19, 2020

The NAACP is devastated by the passing of Congressman John Lewis, a giant in the Civil Rights Movement who carried the mantle in the continuing battle for civil rights and equal justice in our nation.

We are deeply saddened by his passing but profoundly grateful for the contributions he made in his lifetime. His life-long career of pushing this nation toward justice, fairness and liberty left a permanent impression on our nati...

July 4, 2020

John Lewis: Good Trouble isn’t filmmaker Dawn Porter’s first documentary but just may be the first set to debut with such perfect timing.

The tragic, preventable deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery inform African Americans and citizens of the world that racial prejudices still devastate.

Good Trouble, set to debut in theaters and on demand on July 3, is an in-depth look at the life and times...

June 25, 2020

16 of the nation’s top Black writers give voice to the unrest and current movement for Black lives. These cultural artists collaborated on a literary quilt honoring the elders who made this movement possible, and the young people remixing the tradition.

Quilts are often made from the fabric of clothes we no longer wear – old t-shirts, tattered pants, ill-fitted dresses, vintage skirts, classy jackets. Our grandmothers weaved to...

February 18, 2020

Regina King has a knack for finding and telling stories that advance the national conversation on race. She is careful and humble in this interview, so she won’t tell you outright she does this. But it’s true.

From her Oscar-winning role in 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk to her work as the ass-kicking Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen, King’s characters push viewers to reconsider what it means to live Black in America. It’s a ca...

February 18, 2020

dream hampton has a short biography — if you ask her.

“Filmmaker. Writer. And activist from Detroit,” she says, “and in that order.”

Then, she pauses for a bit before continuing, perhaps thinking of the attachments she often gets from folks who follow her on social media, or have any awareness of her personal life, or her past as a journalist who has penned some of the most compelling pieces for some of your favorite magazines.

“...

February 18, 2020

Although Melina Matsoukas has gained critical acclaim for her first feature film, Queen & Slim, Matsoukas has been a music industry staple for more than 15 years. She’s directed videos for a number of legendary musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

However, Matsoukas is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Beyoncé. In 2017, Matsoukas won her second Grammy for directing the video for Beyoncé‘s Formati...

February 18, 2020

Debra Martin Chase is one of the most influential women in television and film, and she has been quietly effecting change in the industry for decades.

The 63-year-old from Great Lakes, Ill., has made Hollywood history several times over and carved out her own road to success by employing the hard work and tenacity that made her such a promising attorney. Her passion for film and confidence in her own potential eventually took h...

February 18, 2020

Diahann Carroll was a class act.   
Period.

Carroll died of breast cancer on Oct. 4, 2019, at the age of 84. She was a barrier-breaker, pioneer and trailblazer.

In 1962, she became the first Black female to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the Richard Rodgers Broadway musical, No Strings. She was the first African American, male or female, to be nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the groundbreakin...

February 9, 2020

On Feb. 12, 1900, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing was performed by school children in Jacksonville, Fla. The song’s author was James Weldon Johnson, a renaissance man who was an educator, lawyer, novelist and activist. Johnson initially imagined Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as a poem that would celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. But on the page it became something else.

Johnson’s lyrics told the story of Black life in terms that...

February 8, 2020

 Cynthia Erivo earned two Academy Award nominations for her starring role as the prolific hero Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet, setting her on the path to becoming an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner. Erivo was nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song.
At 32, the South London-born actress has already earned herself a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy for her work in the Broadway version of The Color Purple.

Her impr...

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