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When the government tried to silence Howard Stern, it only increased his wild popularity

The radio host’s 1987 “FCC Freedom Rally” didn’t skimp on sexual innuendo and profanity in the name of political protest<p>Since the late 1970s, the …

Howard Stern

Students held Columbia University hostage when they discovered the school’s pro-war stance

In 1968, black and white student groups came together in a powerful display of civil resistance<p>At a time when campus life is all trigger warnings and …

Columbia University

This 19-year-old dancer bared it all, then her obscenity trial made her a star

Prosecutors tried to intimidate and shame Carol Doda, but she wasn’t having it<p>In April of 1965, San Francisco cops raided the Condor Club, a North …

San Francisco

This particular Democratic National Convention was all about slavery — and how to keep it alive

The only thing bickering northern and southern Democrats disagreed on was the extent to which individual states would uphold slavery<p>South Carolina …

Democratic National Convention

Music as the self. Music as politics. Music as power. Welcome to the all-black music journal ‘The Cricket’

‘The true voices of Black Liberation have been the Black musicians’<p>In his 1966 essay “The Changing Same (R&B and New Black Music),” music critic …

UFOs

Molly Ivins can’t say that, can she?

America’s funniest political columnist translated Texas politics for the nation<p>“As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their …

Vietnam War

This daredevil fighter pilot proved that women were just as (or more) capable of conquering the skies

Cecil “Teddy” Kenyon defied expectations by testing fighter planes and bombers during WWII<p>In the midst of World War II, Grumman, one of the prominent …

Aviation

Police barred these black activists from the House floor, while a white Nazi in blackface got in

The women were entitled to be there and speak, and still they were denied<p>Busloads of sharecroppers, truck drivers and cooks from Mississippi poured …

Black History

These rich white bros started an East Coast caste system to continue their incestuous domination of America

They copied the idea from India and called themselves the “Boston Brahmins”<p>In 1860, American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., whose …

India

When a white conductor tried to manhandle Ida B. Wells, she took a bite out of his hand

It was a daring act of self-defense at a time when blacks were being lynched for merely existing<p>One day in September of 1883, a 20-year old Ida B. …

Black History

This dino-mite lady unearthed some of history’s most important dinosaurs, only to have men steal them

Not until after her death was Mary Anning credited publicly for her crucial role in establishing paleontology<p>“She sells sea-shells on the …

Paleontology

When the government refused to use slavery to recruit soldiers, the media had no qualms

While their motive was questionable, America finally saw regiments of black Union soldiers living and dying alongside their white countrymen<p>Artillery …

Posters

Without her, MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech wouldn’t have mentioned dreams at all

Mahalia Jackson shouted mid-speech, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” and the rest is history<p>The night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s now …

Black History

At the Hooker Ball, strippers, dancers, and activists took over San Francisco and partied for sex workers rights

The children’s poet Shel Silverstein even wrote a (semi)-naughty poem for the occasion<p>It was billed as “the social event of the year for …

San Francisco

These photos show an idealized vision of midcentury America… with a subtle hint of weirdness

Nina Leen’s work was some of the best — and least remembered — of all Life’s celebrated photographers<p>Not much is known about Nina Leen, the …

Art

This Harlem Renaissance writer seemed to live an ordinary life — but her diaries revealed years of passionate lesbian affairs

Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s inner life was a rich portrait of black female queerness<p>“Love and beautiful love has been mine from many men, but the great …

Literature

This brilliant black surgeon revolutionized blood donation — but overt racism meant he couldn’t donate

Titans like Johns Hopkins separated blood on the basis of race, or didn’t accept “Negro” blood at all<p>Dr. Charles R. Drew was teaching at Howard …

Medicine

She slapped a Nazi in the face and staged one of the most dramatic acts of wartime rebellion

Mala Zimetbaum was the first Jewish woman to escape Auschwitz and she refused to let the Nazis decide her fate<p>“I will die a heroine, but you will die …

World History

This black fighter pilot broke all kinds of records. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page

Meet Clarence D. Lester, the forgotten Tuskegee Airman from Chicago<p>On July 18th, 1944, Lieutenant Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester was, once again, about …

World War II

After WWI, men started to take women’s soccer seriously, then they banned it

“Football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”<p><b>By Alan Black</b><p>Soccer player Lily Parr “had a kick like a mule,” said Joan …

Unions

Powerfully delivered half a century ago, Shirley Chisholm’s words couldn’t be more relevant today

‘This quest for freedom is going to be fought more frequently in the streets’<p>Shirley Chisholm did not mince words. That didn’t change when she became …

Black History

On this Texas island, pirates kept the Atlantic slave trade going—even after it was abolished

The tragic history of the African slave trade in the Gulf of Mexico has been largely forgotten<p>When Americans think of the slave trade, they usually …

Black History

When this fancy restaurant refused to serve Josephine Baker, her badass takedown didn’t disappoint

She lawyered up — and proved that bigotry doesn’t pay<p>Josephine Baker arrived with friends in tow at Manhattan’s Stork Club on October 16, 1951, …

Black History

When society said she existed for men’s pleasure only, she said no thanks and started feminism

Mary Wollstonecraft started out as a writer, became a renegade during the French Revolution, and pioneered women’s rights<p>“I am going to be the first …

Feminism

MLK was consistently disparaged by America’s most prestigious news show

‘Meet the Press’ now celebrates Dr. King, but it was a different story while he was alive<p>During the April 1, 2018, episode of <i>Meet the Press,</i> billed …

Black History

This artist peed on Jesus — and people were pissed off

Andres Serrano’s ‘Piss Christ’ infuriated conservatives and jeopardized arts funding<p>Andres Serrano was a little known photographer in the 1980s, …

Archives

Sexually charged ‘Ogle-ins’ allowed 1970s feminists to humiliate catcalling men

“A bunch of us would gather on a street corner and turn the tables on leering, lip-smacking men by giving them a taste of their own medicine”<p>Before …

Feminism

Exotified, objectified, gawked at — these indigenous people were displayed in human zoos

These “Human specimens” from the 1904 World’s Fair were meant to prove the “rightness of whiteness”<p>If colonial powers function by penetrating foreign …

Native Americans

Newly released footage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral procession

Over 100,000 people converged on Atlanta, Georgia to take part<p>This home movie footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral procession, taken by …

Black History

If there had been internet in 1951, this dress would have broken it

When a catty newspaper columnist supposedly said Marilyn Monroe would be better off wearing a potato sack, she did just that<p>What’s the first image …

High Heels