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New Databases Offer Insights Into the Lives of Escaped Slaves

When slaves fled American and British farms and townhouses, their owners often placed detailed newspaper ads offering rewards to anyone who returned the fugitives. The written notices described the runaway slaves’ mannerisms, clothes, hairstyles, skin markings, teeth and skills, as well as …

Slavery

Pioneer John Biggers nurtured a generation of Houston artists

Can black police be pro-black and pro-blue at the same time?

In the emotionally chargeddebate about police brutality, misconduct and the perceived targeting and victimization of African Americans, many of us not only identify with the frustration of black citizens in Ferguson, Cleveland, Chicago and Baltimore, but have our own experiences of racial profiling …

Twenty Years Later, Bun B Reflects on DJ Screw | Houstonia

Before I made music, I fell in love with it: The sound, the voices, the feeling it gave me. It was something I had to have. Whether it was my older …

What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

Livestreams start boring because broadcasters don’t want to begin the real action until more people have tuned in. That can take a few minutes, even with streams being rapidly distributed via push notifications, tweets, and the News Feed.<p>But by that time, the initial audience may have bounced, and …

Facebook

Everyone was talking about ‘Roots’ in 1977 — including Ronald Reagan

In January 1977, ABC aired “Roots,” an eight-night miniseries based on Alex Haley’s best-selling 1976 book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” The series, which drew an estimated 130 million viewers, called America’s attention to the brutality of slavery and its effects on generations of …

Ronald Reagan

Dear Journalists: For the Love of God, Please Stop Calling Your Writing Content    

#Content.Spencer Platt/Getty Images The word <i>content</i> is creeping into journalism, which scares the hell out of me.You see it in the job listings.</i> …

Videography

Issa Rae's 'Insecure' to finally debut on HBO

Issa Rae is bringing her amazing talents to HBO. This fall, the cable network will air the eight-episode first season of Rae’s new comedy, <i>Insecure</i>. …

Publishers on Facebook Live: The good, the bad and the bitchy

Publishers have been going all-in on Facebook Live. It is becoming impossible to scroll through your Facebook feed without coming across a media …

Why Does Great Music Give You the Chills?

Ann Triling/Thinkstock <i>This article was originally published on The Conversation</i>. Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a …

Psychology

15 TV Shows to Watch This Summer

From a certain angle, summer can still look like television’s silly season — the next few months will bring us Shark Week, a new “Sharknado” and CBS’s “Zoo,” perhaps the silliest drama to win renewal from a major network in recent memory. But the reality is that summer has become as serious as any …

Streaming

Stuck in the middle with Spotify

FOR those with insatiable appetites for music, digital streaming seems like a dream come true. Music fans can simply select artists and genres, and …

Spotify

6 Tips for Better Facebook Live Broadcasts

Thinking of going live on Facebook?<p>Wondering how to get the most out of your Facebook Live broadcast?<p>With Facebook Live, you can show your expertise …

5 Ways to Build A More Valuable Brand

Digital Branding Institute<p>article<p>What comes first the business or the brand? Do you develop your business with branding in mind or focus on building …

The 50 Greatest Films by Black Directors

#OscarsSoWhite wasn’t—<i>isn’t</i>—only about a stuffy institution failing to recognize work by people of color. Pushing the industry to allow black …

Denzel Washington

When “X-Men: Apocalypse” fails its heroes of color, it fails the “X-Men” spirit

For an allegory for racial equality, the "X-Men" films have a hard time not sidelining their non-white characters<p>Apocalypse, the all-powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” seems to want what every by-the-numbers megalomaniac wants: total destruction. The screenplay, written by Simon Kinberg (of …

The Anatomy Of An Optimized Website

Digital Branding Institute<p>article<p>We often hear about the importance of optimizing our website, but what does that look like? If you search the term …

Robert Glasper Pays Tribute To Prince With Unreleased ‘Sign O’ The Times’

<b>Robert Glasper</b> is currently flying high from producing the soundtrack to <b>Don Cheadle</b>‘s feature film directorial debut, <i>Miles Ahead</i>, yet that isn’t all …

7 essential Google Analytics reports every marketer must know

You may be using Google Analytics, but are you using it to its full potential? Contributor Khalid Saleh lays out 7 key reports with which every …

Why America Forgot About ‘Roots’

NEARLY 40 years ago, “Roots” transfixed Americans — first as an overnight best seller by Alex Haley, then as an ABC mini-series, which drew 100 million viewers, still the record. It made the slave trade and black history inescapable parts of national popular culture and produced a unique moment …

Slavery

Boycotting HISTORY’s ‘Roots’ Remake (As Some Celebs Are Calling For) Is Probably Not the Reasonable Thing to Do…

Snoop Dogg<p>A video posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on May 30, 2016 at 8:55am PDT<p>I tried to pass on saying anything about this, but it’s gone viral …

Keeping young black people engaged after the Obama years

As the primaries wind down and each party chooses its nominee, I can’t help but lament the Obamas’ departure from the White House because President …

Elections

As Facebook Focuses on Video, Engagement for Top Publishers Declines

User interaction with non-video content has fallen sharply, NewsWhip says<p>Over the past year, Facebook has set its sights on becoming a platform for video — in particular live video, something it has been paying a number of media companies to produce, in order to promote its streaming feature. But …

Facebook

4 Sessions to Help You Develop a Successful Paid Media Strategy at #SMWLA

Paid media is becoming a more important conversation and investment everyday for digital marketers. Facebook generates billions of dollars from …

Why Bernie’s Bros Might Go for Trump

Anti-establishment liberals abandoned their party in 1968, and again in 1980. Why not 2016?<p>One of the great unknowns of the current presidential election cycle—a cycle without recent precedent in its unusual twists and turns—is whether the fall campaign will see a convergence of the populist Left …

World News

Notoriously Creepy Cecil Hotel Now a Hot Commodity

In 2014, the Downtown hotel formerly known as the Cecil Hotel—a place where murderers have holed up, bodies have been found, and whose history …

American Horror Story

Police: 5 Teens Arrested For Racist Graffiti At Arlington School

<b>Follow CBSDFW.COM:</b> <b>Facebook |</b> <b></b><b>Twitter</b><p>Ryan Westbrook, 17, Ethan Sigmund, 18, Christian Joeckel, 18, Hayden Honoloka, 17 and Cameron Bodenstab, 18, were …

Anti-racism expert explains Trump’s scapegoating appeal to whites — and it will give you chills

Anti-racism educator Tim Wise explained on Sunday how presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump used “racialized scapegoating” to appeal to white …

Atlanta Producers Got the Juice

It’s a hard pill to swallow for some die hard, old school hip-hop fans, but New York no longer wears the hip hop crown, it’s been passed on to …

Prince Paul’s Prince Among Thieves Mastered Concept & So Did Its Film

In 1999, Prince Paul raised the stakes in an already illustrious career. After pivotal work with Stetsasonic and Gravediggaz, the Long Island, New …