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Jack Daniel’s Embraces a Hidden Ingredient: Help From a Slave

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Every year, about 275,000 people tour the Jack Daniel’s distillery here, and as they stroll through its brick buildings nestled in a tree-shaded hollow, they hear a story like this: Sometime in the 1850s, when Daniel was a boy, he went to work for a preacher, grocer and distiller …

Whiskey

L.A. schools have given up the last of their Defense Department-issued rifles

The Los Angeles School Police Department doesn't have any more weapons from a controversial Department of Defense program, according to a letter the school district sent to activists on Monday.<p>The weapon collection included grenade launchers, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle and …

5th-Grader Bullied By Her Classmates Debuts Clothing Line At Fashion Week

Kids attending New York Fashion Week is cute. Kids designing clothes for New York Fashion Week is downright inspiring.<p>Fifth grader Egypt Ufele, who goes by "Ify," made headlines this week when she debuted her clothing line Chubiiline at the Small Boutique Fashion Week<p>show last Thursday. The …

Jose Antonio Vargas' New Site Aims To Tell Better Story About Race And Identity In America

Jose Antonio Vargas thinks the national media is missing the big picture when it comes to race, culture and immigration in America. As an outspoken journalist, filmmaker and undocumented immigrant, he would like to help tell that story. He just needs a million dollars.<p>On Thursday, Vargas launched a …

Journalism

This Dual-Heeled Shoe Aims To Make Stilettos As Comfortable As Sneakers

Would you wear it?<p>In 2009, aspiring sneaker designer Christopher Dixon got to peek into Serena Williams’s closet and check out her personal shoe collection. “She was like, ‘Those hurt my feet, but I love them. And those hurt my feet, too,’” Dixon recalls. The tennis superstar was a cousin of …

Shoes

Find the Best Dark Lipstick to Flatter Your Skin Tone

If red lipstick is a classic color, then consider the new crop of ultra-deep hues to be their punk rock-loving sisters. While not for the faint of …

Makeup

This Quick Beauty Fix Is Changing the Street Style Game

This weekend in New York, temperatures dropped to frigid new depths. But as designers and editors bundled up with bulky coats and layers upon layers of Embryolisse, one street style star caught our eye with a bright touch of red.<p>Spotted dashing between shows yesterday, this scene-stealing beauty …

How to Wear Sneakers to Work

Corporate dress codes aside, it's officially acceptable to wear sneakers to work—if you style them right. Ahead, seven ways to get away with wearing your white lace-ups (or bright-blue trainers or leopard slip-ons) to the office without any unsavory run-ins with HR.<p>accessories director<p>The key is to …

Amazon's Own Clothing Brand May Be Coming Soon

Amazon seems to be ramping up its efforts to become a big player in fashion: An in-house clothing line may be on the horizon for the e-tailer, if a …

Clothing

Grim Sleeper serial killer trial begins, years after slayings terrorized South L.A.

Debra Jackson, a 29-year-old waitress, was discovered shot in the chest three decades ago in an alley. The body of Janecia Peters, 25, was found in a dumpster in 2007. There were at least eight other women. And one who got away.<p>They were young and black and leading troubled lives. Most were killed …

The End of the Black American Narrative

A new century calls for new stories grounded in the present, leaving behind the painful history of slavery and its consequences<p>By Charles Johnson<p>June …

Akilah Nails What it Feels Like to be the Only Black Kid in Class During Black History Month

There's no reason why Black History Month shouldn't be your favorite time of year. Unless, of course, you've got no choice but to be surrounded by …

Black History

The BuzzFeed Black History Reading List

From the black panthers to HBCUs to fights for representation, here are our biggest stories on some of the most important people, places, moments, and movements in black American history. Time for some education.

Michelle Obama Hosted a Big Dance Party at the White House to Celebrate Black History Month

"I know we have the power to keep reaching higher and defying the odds and achieving those firsts and seconds and thirds and hundreds and thousands until a black principal dancer is no longer a pause for headlines."<p>Whether she's spoofing mom dancing with Jimmy Fallon or doing choreo to "Uptown …

Texas prosecutor officially disbarred for sending innocent man to death row

Board of disciplinary appeals upholds decision against Charles Sebesta, who presented false testimony and withheld information in case of Anthony Graves<p>A Texas legal disciplinary board upheld a decision to disbar a prosecutor who oversaw a case that sent an innocent man to death row.<p>The board on …

Death Row

Revealed: how ethnic minority graduates lose out on jobs

A groundbreaking study identifies significant disparities in life chances among UK students<p>Ethnic minority graduates in Britain are much less likely to be employed than their white peers six months after graduation – and many can expect to earn less for years afterwards.<p>This dramatic divergence in …

Demographics

BBC World Service - The Documentary, Black Lives Matter: The Story of a Slogan

Can the Black Lives Matter movement change America? It has become a familiar pattern over the last 18 months, in cities across the United States. An African-American is killed by police. News crews descend on the city. Protests break out - occasionally leading to arrests, or riots. And online, one …

The American Invasion of Cuba

Artists, entertainment companies and tourists are leading the charge toward a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations<p>The U.S. invasion of Cuba has begun.<p>Following President Obama’s steps to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba last year, the island has been overwhelmed by cultural visitors on the hunt …

Cuba

Essence Picks 6 Must-Read Books for Black History Month

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Black History

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

I'm So Damn Tired of Slave Movies

<i>The Birth of a Nation,</i> Nate Parker’s Sundance darling period piece about the deadliest slave insurrection in American history, was purchased by Fox …

The 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016

Here are the books we can't wait to read in 2016! (Ranked in no particular order.)

Books

Resolving the Paradox of Group Creativity

Researchers have been studying creativity for more than 150 years, yet it still remains elusive. We’re not much closer to understanding what it is exactly that sparks unique ideas. One reason for this lack of insight may be that so much research has looked at the wrong things. Until quite recently, …

Creativity

These 38 Airlines Have the Lowest Airline Safety Ratings

When thinking about the range of qualities we look for in an airline, the ability to deliver us to our destination alive is at the top of the list …

American Airlines

The Year We Imagined The End Of The Closet

From celebrities discussing their identities on Snapchat, to a new generation embracing a “no labels” approach to sexuality, coming out looks different in 2016 than ever before. But could it really no longer be necessary?<p>Anyone who’s gone through it knows that you never come out just once. There …

How To Speak Off The Cuff Like A Pro

We make a mistake in conversation roughly every 4.6 seconds. The more you try to sound like Churchill, the less you will.<p>“Okay folks, uh, there’s—I have to apologize,” Steve Harvey said, moments after millions of Colombians had started celebrating from their living rooms.<p>“The first runner-up is …

Public Speaking

25 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Sundance 2016

From a gritty drama about mass shootings to a new doc on Michael Jackson, the fest's can't-miss titles<p>By ,<p>There's a reason that, every January, film …