For the past 20 years, October has marked the start of Black History Month in the U.K. (a whole 31 days! Imagine!) But this year, the event has been mired in controversy, with one prominent Black History Month site recently targeted by hackers and some local councils now opting to rebrand October as “Diversity Month.”
Just one week before a mass shooting would launch their school into the national spotlight, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School put on a Black History Month show at the Parkland, Fla., school. In a last-minute, unrehearsed addition, black student organizers wanted to address a letter that had appeared in…
When we tell you to trust black women, it’s not just to shout our own praises. Black women have always been at the helm of anything great or convenient that you love. Seriously.
In front of a rapt audience at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Malcolm X’s third daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, talked about witnessing the assassination of her father at Harlem’s Audubon Theatre and Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965.
Actress Daphne Maxwell-Reid is arguably best known for being second. Most remember her as Janet Hubert’s replacement in the role of Vivian Banks on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But Maxwell-Reid had groundbreaking firsts as a black woman: the 1969 cover of Glamour magazine, and homecoming queen at the…
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…
Reginald Lewis may not be well-known to millennials, and that’s a shame because his life and work is black excellence personified. His rich legacy of entrepreneurship and possibility lives on to this day.
For a certain segment out there, I imagine that Jay-Z’s song “The Story of O.J.” introduced them to Nina Simone (born Eunice Waymon). The song samples her famous 1966 song “Four Women,” released on the Wild Is the Wind album. For those who were introduced to her through Jay-Z, I’m both happy and sad: happy because at…
Hey, bruh, I’m back again for our weekly explainer. I thought we might talk about Black History Month this time.
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at 2:40 p.m. EST: Following reports that a Bronx, N.Y., middle school principal confiscated a poster of Lena Horne from a student, Jenny Lumet, granddaughter of the legendary actress, issued a statement to The Root on behalf of the Horne family:
Apparently unable to find 28 black Bostonians worthy of recognition, the Boston Police Department decided that it would commemorate Black History Month by honoring the legacy of one of its most notable heroes: the great and noticeably Caucasian Celtics Coach Red Auerbach.
All right, listen up, gamers. Gerald Lawson is the pioneer of games you almost never hear about.
It may not have been completely intentional, but the unveiling of the official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during Black History Month was certainly something to behold.
A black New York City Police Department commander is receiving sharp criticism from other law enforcement officers after her police precinct’s account tweeted out the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on Friday.
The New York City Department of Education is investigating a white middle school principal in the city’s Bronx borough for racially hostile actions against staff and students of color. The most incendiary charge: that Principal Patricia Catania barred Black History Month lessons from being taught to the students of…
Time on Music Beat Led Writers to Abuse Charges
The reason people love superheroes is that, when done correctly, they are the perfect combination of our wildest fantasies and reality. There is no white guy born on a distant planet who came to Kansas and discovered that he could fly. If you are ever bitten by a bat, you probably want to get a tetanus shot before…
Ohhh, Ivanka Trump, how I long for the days when you didn’t have a speaking role and were simply a sideshow to your father’s racism, xenophobia and overall heartlessness.
Black History Month started off with a bang for one Montpelier, Vt., high school that began flying a Black Lives Matter flag Thursday in what officials are calling a commitment to make the majority-white school more inclusive.