September 6, 2020

The world is still reeling from the unexpected news that Chadwick Boseman, best known for his starring role in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster movie Black Panther (2018), had died from colon cancer at the age of 43. Boseman is one of many Black heroes that we lost this year. He joins NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, WWE wrestler James “Kamala” Harris, singer Betty Wright, drag queen...

August 30, 2020

Chadwick Boseman, who brought iconic Black historical figures Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson to life, and who epitomized strength and resilience as the star of the blockbuster superhero movie Black Panther, has died at the age of 43. 

The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but chose not to make a public announcement at the time. Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles...

August 29, 2020

Bayard Rustin was the brains behind the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

When the late civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin was pardoned by the California governor this past February for a 1953 conviction levied against him for being gay, his surviving partner, Walter Naegle, said he believed it caused Rustin pain to have to subsume his gay identity to remain central to the push for Black equality. 

That’s how Rusti...

August 27, 2020

We still revel in claiming firsts:  First Black person to be president, senator, congressman.  And this is not just a United States phenomenon.  It occurs across Africa and the African Diaspora. 

Following enslavement and European colonialism across the Americas in particular, Black populations are still in the mode of recovery; gaining the kind of political and economic power that would advance our communities...

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...

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