December 9, 2019

 My mother was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant with me. When her relationship went sour, she realized that she would have to raise me on her own.

My earliest memories of my mother are that s...

July 10, 2019

David Johns is working to racism, LGBTQ bias and homophobia.

March 22, 2019

Quincy Jones has been called many things, and perhaps it’s best to think of Jones as Black culture’s institutional memory — fitting for a career that has spanned almost 70 years. While many are aware...

If anyone in Hollywood embodies the idea of working with intention, it’s Sterling K. Brown.

He is all about supporting the accurate, realistic, forward-thinking portrayals of Black people on screen. An...

The Hate U Give was one of 2018’s most discussed films. That’s because it struck a nerve for Black America — and for White America, too. The story deals with police brutality, how children deal with t...

March 22, 2019

His stories are about family, both blood and tragedy-made.

They reveal the souls of Black folk and the strength of community that have helped Africans survive in America.

There’s love in the chaos. Alwa...

March 22, 2019

When UK-based production company Impossible Factual approached Yoruba Richen in the summer of 2017 to helm a new documentary about The Negro Motorist Green Book, a manual that helped African Americans...

March 21, 2019

Since appearing in last year’s blockbuster hit, Black Panther, Winston Duke’s life hasn’t been the same. The Yale School of Drama graduate dazzled audiences with his scene-stealing performance as M’Ba...

March 21, 2019

Camille Friend says she was born a hairdresser.
“I come from three generations of hairdressers,” said Friend. “It’s in my genes.”
The Primetime Emmy-nominated hairstylist is fresh off a four-month sta...

March 20, 2019

There are many Spike Lee Joints that aim for a little nostalgia, like the hip 10-episode Netflix reboot of She's Gotta Have It — of which the iconic director has been shooting a second season of on th...

March 19, 2019

I stand on the muddy banks of the Allegheny River and watch my daughter’s paddle slice through the polluted water as if her future depends on it.  It just might. She rises at 4:45 a.m. three days a we...

March 19, 2019

College admissions have long been shrouded in mystery with policies constructed to favor the privileged. Correspondingly, it has been rife with malfeasance. As we continue to struggle to define merito...

March 19, 2019

The recent indictment of dozens of wealthy and famous parents involved in a college admissions scam, should come as no surprise. Wealthy parents using their privilege and financial position to make su...

March 19, 2019

The recent revelations from the FBI concerning the largest college admissions cheating scandal the Bureau has ever prosecuted shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone working in higher education nor to...

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