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...

February 7, 2020

When civil rights and comedic icon Dick Gregory died two years ago, his son, Christian Gregory, was determined his father's legacy would avoid the fate of so many other departed icons.

Standing on the stage of the City of Praise megachurch in suburban Maryland in September 2017, Christian delivered a eulogy worthy of his father — funny, profoundly relevant, and deeply touching.

In doing so, Christian captured the essence of his...

January 27, 2020

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement about the passing of former U.S. Circuit Court Judge Nathaniel R. Jones today in Cincinnati:

“The entire NAACP family is devastated by this news. To the nation, he was a civil rights icon. To the NAACP, he was a beloved leader, colleague, and friend.

Judge Jones served as General Counsel to NAACP from 1969 until 1979. His vision and skill in navigating civil rights...

Today, our nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose dream of an America that fulfilled its promise of equal rights for all has inspired generations to fight for justice.

From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the historic March on Washington, Dr. King’s extraordinary record of achievement has challenged our society to be better and to come together to fight against the evils of racism, discrimin...

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