Three days before a national tragedy would shake the entire world, on September 8, 2001, George Bush issued a proclamation recognizing one of the darkest hours in American history. On September 15, 2013, Barack Obama’s White House sent out an official statement recognizing the same solemn day.
It’s still Simone Biles season, and the American gymnast is still kicking ass and taking names, which culminated in yet another historic career achievement at this year’s United States Gymnastics Championships on Sunday.
When Edward Enninful took over the reins at British Vogue, we knew that big things were in store. Of the 10 issues he’s produced since becoming editor-in-chief, five have featured women of color, already marking his tenure as the first black man to hold the position one of inclusion and positive change. Supermodel…
Here’s a television event bound to be binge-worthy: on Sunday, Netflix announced an upcoming limited series event on the life of black hair-care pioneer and self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, starring Octavia Spencer as the famed mogul.
At a Manhattan auction house on Thursday, a missing chapter from Malcolm X’s autobiography, as well as a manuscript for the book containing notes exchanged between Malcolm X and his collaborator, Alex Haley, were sold to one of the country’s foremost institutions chronicling the African diaspora.
Earlier this year, the remains of 95 people were found just outside Houston at a construction site for a new school. After analyzing the remains, archaeologists announced on Monday that newly discovered bones belonged to former enslaved African American who were still forced to work on plantations post-emancipation.
The blackest Marvel movie is making its way to America’s blackest museum.
Who is more iconic in contemporary black history than Oprah Winfrey? That was a trick question, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture is celebrating the media powerhouse and trailblazer as such, launching a new exhibition that is all about Winfrey.
Respect your elders. I don’t know a child who wasn’t raised with that admonition, which in my household was often accompanied by a swat on the butt or a swift side-eye when due respect wasn’t paid. But it’s generally far later in life when most of us learn the value of also listening to our elders’ stories—often after…
“What becomes a legend most?” That was the tagline of now-vintage ads for Blackglama mink. But if you were a black female entertainer at the height of your fame between the 1940s and 1960s, chances were you found your most legendary looks courtesy of designer Zelda Wynn Valdes.
It is 1857 and Kanye, a carpenter, has finally saved up enough money to buy his freedom from Massa West. Trouble is, he has to leave his wife, Kimba, and five children on the plantation until he can buy them out of slavery as well.
You see, this is why people stay claiming Beyoncé is Illuminati. Nothing the Queen does ever seems to be without a deeper meaning, and apparently, her iconic Coachella #Beychella performance, which paid special homage to HBCUs, was no different.
Earlier this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced a very important and historic nomination, that of Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock, who was selected to serve as brigadier general. If confirmed, Mahlock will be the first black woman to ever hold that position.
Lucile Berkeley Buchanan was successfully enrolled at the University of Colorado, attended all her required classes, did all her required exams and qualified to graduate.
Some five years ago, the unmarked graves of as many as 1,000 enslaved people who were forced to work in the fields of plantations in Ascension Parish, La., were uncovered by an archaeologist working for Shell Convent Refinery.
It’s Harriet Tubman, the world’s No. 1 certified badass, as you’ve never seen her before.
Ava DuVernay is no stranger to making history. She’s the first black woman to be nominated for a best director Golden Globe (Selma), she’s the first black woman to win a best director prize at Sundance, and the first black female director to have her film be nominated for an Oscar. And, now, DuVernay is the first…
The first time I heard Sister Rosetta Tharpe, I cried real tears. Not because her distinct sound of music sounded as if one of God’s angels drank a fifth of gin and figured out a way to plug an extension cord into its harp. It wasn’t because I was listening to something that was recorded in the 1930s that sounded like…
Dr. Charles Drew was both a revolutionary in the medical field and a pioneer for black rights. And we’re honoring him this February for Black History Month. In 1940, Drew became the first African American to receive a doctorate in medical science from Columbia University in New York City. He then went on to…
Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond swung for the fences with his 2018 Fall/Winter collection, and connected with a critical and commercial home run. For this collection, Jean-Raymond collaborated with both Reebok and ’90s hip-hop brand Cross Colours, leveraging big-brand distribution and recognition for the heavy…