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Black Panther's Mythical Home May Not Be So Mythical After All

<i>Editor's Note:</i> <i>This story was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated.</i><p><i>Black Panther</i> hasn't hit theaters in the U.S. yet, but it's already breaking records. According to movie ticket site Fandango, <i>Black Panther sold more presale tickets</i> in its first 24 hours than any other superhero …

Black Panther

When Wakanda Was Real

The reason people love superheroes is that, when done correctly, they are the perfect combination of our wildest fantasies and reality. There is no …

Ancient History

5 MONEY LESSONS FROM JAY-Z’s 4:44

It’s not often that you get million dollar game for only $9.99. So, why not take advantage of the jewels being given? Hov talked everything from …

Jay Z

Jay Z’s Latest Album Is Actually a Lesson on Personal Finance

And we spoke to a man who turned those lessons into a self-help book<p>Personal finance expert Ash Exantus played Jay-Z‘s “The Story of OJ” over and …

Personal Finance
Jay Z

Black Panther — on and off-camera — is a woke superhero fantasy set in today’s reality

Wakanda is in Atlanta, beautiful chocolate bald women protect the crown, Dru Hill and Chaka Khan are on blast — and it only gets better<p>ATLANTA — …

The Man Who Made Black Panther Cool

“I’m an asshole. I’m abrasive. I am so sure that I’m right about virtually everything. I can sing you an aria of reasons to not like me,” says comics …

Comics

Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1: 9 Words That Changed Her Life

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Man wants kids everywhere to see 'Black Panther' — and he's going to send them

What "Wonder Woman" did to empower girls, New Yorker Frederick Joseph is hoping the new Marvel Studios movie "Black Panther" will do for young children of color — and for that reason, he is determined to make sure as many of them as possible see the film.<p>The 28-year-old marketing consultant is not …

Black Panther

The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

HONG KONG — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, traded threats this week about the size, location and potency of their “nuclear buttons.”<p>The image of a leader with a finger on a button — a trigger capable of launching a world-ending strike — has for decades symbolized the …

North Korea

Retail's toughest year: A record for store closings

The traditional retail industry just capped one of its most difficult years with a successful holiday shopping season.<p>The question is, will that be enough to save stores on the brink?<p>Experts say don't count on it.<p>Shoppers have made it clear they want to do more of their shopping online and on their …

Time Warner
Men's Fashion

The 9-Step Guide to Dressing Like an English Gentleman

Ask a woman to name her ideal man, and she'll likely exhale a breathy "Mr. Darcy." Indeed, the dapper Englishman is a permanent fixture in most female fantasies. And yet, his signature look is difficult to perfect. Luckily, we can show you how to make any woman swoon.<p>1. Suspenders<p>Aside from …

Men's Fashion

The FBI and Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King was never himself a Communist—far from it. But the FBI's wiretapping of King was precipitated by his association with Stanley Levison, a man with reported ties to the Communist Party. Newly available documents reveal what the FBI actually knew—the vast extent of Levison's Party …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Myth of Robert E. Lee And The "Good" Slave Owner

According to the Lost Cause mythology ginned up after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was a benevolent slave owner who really fought for states’ rights. …

Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the Atlantic World

<i>This is an excerpt from the preface of Andrew T. Fede’s</i> Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and the Atlantic …

Black History

Raphael Saadiq Is the Most Underappreciated R&B Artist of All Time. Yeah, I Said It

On March 17, 2017, terrible human being-turned-terrible human being plus chicken-wing savant, Rick Ross, dropped his ninth studio album, <i>Rather You</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

I Spent a Month Learning Guitar on the Internet and It Actually Worked

So here's my review of Fender Play.<p>As the legend goes, the Sex Pistols's bass player, Sid Vicious, didn't know how to play his instrument. High on amphetamines, he stayed up one night picking along to a Ramones album on a beat-up Fender. The next day, he was no Jaco Pastorius—but in the same way I …

Guitar
Black History

A 'Portable' Overview Of A Complex, Compelling History

<i>Genevieve Valentine's latest novel is</i> Icon.<p>Mary Prince's story is, in some ways, a familiar narrative. Born a slave around 1788, she was abused by a mistress, Mrs. Wood — beaten, forced to work when ill, refused the chance to buy her freedom. Eventually, she sought emancipation on English soil. …

Black History

Black innovators shine through history in these animated films for kids

An enslaved man who mailed himself in a box to freedom across state lines. A ballerina of color who asked to paint her face white. An inventor whose …

Black History

Black women’s pay gap needs more than a day to focus on the inequity

Celebrities among women and others standing up for equality<p>In case you missed it, July 31 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It represents the seven …

Women of Color

James Baldwin: How to Cool It

Read the landmark 1968 Q&A on race in America.<p><i>In</i> Esquire<i>'s July 1968 issue, published just after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the magazine talked to James Baldwin about the state of race relations in the country. On what would be the author's 93rd birthday, we've republished the interview</i> …

Ronald Reagan

Detroit Asks Whether '67 Summer Was A 'Riot' Or A 'Rebellion'

Almost 50 years later ― to the day ― Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” will debut in theaters across the country to spotlight a horrific incident from the summer of 1967.<p>Starring John Boyega, the film begins as a raid by police on an after-hours club sparks violence that would go on to last five days and …

The long decline – and possible revival – of the African American baseball star

Players such as Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays helped shape baseball, and America. So why has the number of black players halved since the 1980s?<p>In 1954, a young black man from Alabama, Willie Mays, took New York and then America by storm. A centerfielder for the New York Giants, he won the 1954 …

Black History

James Baldwin Quotes That Are Powerful Enough to Stand True Today

Celebrate Baldwin’s birthday with quotes that are still relatable in today’s society.

Black History

20 Powerful Illustrations That Show the Harsh Truths of Our Life

We often don’t realize that we are dependent on something, and yet more often we don’t want to admit it. Illustrator John Holcroft, however, speaks …

Creativity