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9 Books to Read for Black History Month, According to Scholars

Black History Month is a moment to look backwards, but also to assess how what’s come before influences where we are now. For proof that the past …

Black History

The Real History Behind the Black Panther

“Black Panther,” one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2018, has already broken pre-sale ticket records for its parent company Marvel …

Black History

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

Creative Writing

Billion-Dollar Legacy: Reginald F. Lewis’ Incredible Life Story Comes to Film

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 …

Black History

Portrait of Obama: 'This will not tell the future ages what made him special'

There’s a boardroom blandness to Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the ex-president. But Amy Sherald’s painting of the former first lady, unveiled at the same time, is a haunting, billowing revelation<p>Kehinde Wiley’s keenly awaited portrait of the 44th president of the United States is a disappointment. …

Art

There’s a Major Difference between Black History and African-American History.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Do we really know what the past was, what actually happened, or is history “<i>a fable</i>” not quite “<i>agreed upon</i>”? Our knowledge of any …

Black History

How Harriet Tubman Worked

She stood just 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall; never learned to read or write; and spent her childhood and young adulthood as another person's property. …

Black History

'The Burden' is a powerful, necessary look at the continuing impact of slavery on America

For a long time, as Rochelle Riley writes in “The Burden,” a book idea had been simmering in her mind. Three years ago, it reached a boiling point.<p>A …

Black History

Traveling while black: Why some Americans are afraid to explore their own country

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>Her mom always smiled — except when the family made its annual summer drive to visit the grandparents in Magnolia, Ark. “The …

Black History

7 Online Writing Workshops To Help You FINALLY Write That Book

So you want to "write more" in the new year. But now that the new year is nearly upon us, you're starting to spiral into a writerly panic. How will …

Creative Writing

Recy Taylor, Alabama woman raped by six white men, dies at 97

Recy Taylor, an African-American woman from Abbeville, Alabama, whose abduction and rape by six white men in 1944 made national headlines, died Thursday morning, her brother Robert Corbitt told NBC News.<p>She would have turned 98 on Sunday.<p>Corbitt said she passed peacefully in a nursing home in …

Black History

The Long Rise and Fast Fall of New York’s Black Mafia

‘You can’t become known as a gangster. Once you’re known you’re finished. The old-timers understood that.’<p>In 1974, it looked like the <i>Godfather</i> model …

Is Lena Dunham's ‘hipster racism’ just old-fashioned prejudice?

Last week, the Girls co-creator was accused by a former colleague of ‘hipster racism’. Arwa Mahdawi reports on an unwitting racism deeply embedded in popular culture<p>It is, by now, a familiar cycle. First Lena Dunham, the writer-actor-director best known for creating and starring in HBO’s Girls, …

Feminism

Black Identity Extremists: COINTELPRO 2017

On October 6, 2017 an FBI internal report identifying “Black Identity Extremists” (BIE) as a major threat to Law Enforcement Officers was leaked to …

Black History

Taste Beyond The Tongue

First black person to see Jesus, first black woman millionaire and other amazing facts

<i>Julianne Malveaux is an economist and writer whose most recent book is “Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and Public Policy.”</i><p>Here are a few of the “100 Amazing Facts About the Negro” that Henry Louis Gates Jr. brings to our attention in his new book:<p>Nearly 8 million white Americans have hidden African …

Black History

Are All White People Racist?

Yes.<p>The widely recognised definition of racism is missing something important. Structural power. It's this that gives white sounding names an …

This Five-Minute Morning Exercise Will Make Your Whole Day Better

<i>What can I do in 5 minutes in the morning to make my whole day better? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge,</i> …

11 Apps For Aspiring Writers, Because You Never Know When Inspiration Will Strike

Let's face it: writing isn't a simple task, and authors can use all the help they can get when it comes to finishing (or starting) their projects. …

The Fallacy of 1619: Rethinking the History of Africans in Early America

In 1619, “20. and odd Negroes” arrived off the coast of Virginia, where they were “bought for victualle” by labor-hungry English colonists. The story …

Black History

Ready to Write a Book? Here are 19 Ideas to Get You Started!

You’re just getting started as a writer. Or you’ve been doing it your whole life. But you’ve never published a book. And you want to; you <i>need</i> to. …

Free Online Writing Courses

Whether you want to become a famous novelist or just make your way through College English, these free online writing courses and journalism courses …

US justice is built to humiliate and oppress black men. It starts with the chokehold...

The author of the acclaimed Chokehold: Policing Black Men writes on how the system treats African Americans with contempt: ‘If police patrolled white areas as they do poor black neighborhoods, there would be a revolution’<p>Chokehold: a maneuver in which a person’s neck is tightly gripped in a way …

An idiot’s guide to counting macros: what are they and how to use them effectively

There was a time when all people counted were calories.<p>It was a stressful but more simple time when you could simply look a label and decide that …