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Meet NASA's 1st Black Intl. Space Crew Member

Earlier this week, NASA announced that for the first time ever, an African-American will call the international space station home.<p>According to an …

First African-American Crewmember To Join The International Space Station

NASA's Jeanette Epps just made history.<p>Astronaut Jeanette Epps made African-American history on Wednesday when NASA announced that she’ll be the first black American astronaut to board the International Space Station.<p>While NASA has sent 14 black astronauts into space over the decades, none have …

Hear the Brilliant Guitar Work of Charlie Christian, Inventor of the Electric Guitar Solo (1939)

On a recent visit to Seattle’s Museum of Popular Culture (formerly EMP), I found myself transfixed for well over an hour by the Guitar Gallery, a …

Electric Guitar

Black World - Chicago68 - Humanities Division Wiki

Negro Digest/Black World: Exploring the Archive 1961-1975<p>Publisher John H. Johnson introduced <i>Negro Digest</i> in Chicago in 1942 as a new <i>Reader's Digest</i> …

University of Chicago

Yale Names Classroom After First Black Student

NBCBLK<p>Yale University has a tradition of naming classrooms after distinguished individuals associated with the school, but at an event Thursday, a classroom was officially named after Yale’s first black student.<p>James W.C. Pennington, a former slave who escaped in 1837, studied at Yale at a time …

The Chicago Bee: Early Black Newspaper Operated by Predominantly Female Staff

The Chicago Bee (or Chicago Sunday Bee) was a weekly newspaper created for the purpose of appealing to Black readers as a competitor of the Chicago …

Patricia Roberts Harris: First African-American Woman to Hold a Cabinet Position

Patricia Roberts Harris was the first African-American woman to hold a Cabinet position, serve as U.S. ambassador, and head a law school.<p>Harris was …

Black History

Anne Moody: Civil Rights Activist Author of "Coming of Age in Mississippi"

Anne Moody was an author who wrote about her experiences growing up poor and black in rural Mississippi, in her book “Coming of Age in Mississippi.” …

Doris Hines: First Black Woman Vocalist in a Television Commercial for Northwestern Bell Phone Co.

Doris Hines was a phenomenal singer and impersonator. She was often referred to as “The Satin Doll” and “Queen of the Eastern Supper Clubs.” Hines …

Jill Elaine Brown: First African-American Woman to Serve as a Pilot for Major U.S Airline

Baltimore native Jill Elaine Brown was the first African-American woman to serve as a pilot for a major U.S airline, Texas International Airlines she …

Katherine Johnson, Va. woman at center of ‘Hidden Figures,’ calls calculation ‘piece of cake’

HAMPTON, Va. -- It is the untold story that has been hidden in Hampton for decades.<p>The box office hit "Hidden Figures" highlights the black female …

Did You Know a Black Man Patented the Envelope Seal?

On September 21, 1891, F.W. Leslie patented the envelope seal (patent number 590,325).<p>Yes, that’s right, a Black man revolutionized the way we send …