Black History

Black Cop Kills Unarmed White Kid? Everything Isn’t as It Seems in Fox’s New Series Shots Fired

Oscar Grant. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Anthony Hill. Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. These are just a few names from a much longer …

Black Culture

Arkansas will no longer celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee on the same day

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Tuesday ending the state's controversial practice of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gen. …

Black Culture

Black artists protest Emmett Till painting by white artist

‘Open Casket’, on display at the 78th Whitney Biennial, has been criticised for its racial insensitivity<p>A painting on display at this year’s Whitney Biennial in New York is being protested for its racial insensitivity, with black artists coming forward to highlight the exploitation of a traumatic, …

Painting

Rachel Dolezal Claims She’s “A Woke Soul Sista” in New Autobiography

Unfortunately, America is a place with weak protections for the average worker. Because of this reality, I’ve been forced to spend the last two days …

Lifestyle

Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

I'll be honest; at first, I feared the whole series was a bit of a dodge.<p>Watching the first episode of <i>Shots Fired</i> — Fox's highly anticipated limited series about a federal investigation into a police shooting in a small North Carolina town — one thing became clear rather quickly.<p>The shooting, which …

TV

What Does Trump Do For African-Americans? Congressional Black Caucus Demands Change

President Donald Trump met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Wednesday, more than two month after the bloc of African-American …

Black Culture

The Case Against Dana Schutz

Is Dana Schutz allowed to paint Emmett Till in his coffin? Dana Schutz is a successful artist: Her painting <i>Open Casket</i> is part of the 2017 Whitney …

Liberal POV

Donald Trump Learns What The Congressional Black Caucus Is, Finally Makes Time To Meet With Them

Donald J. Trump finally figured out what the Congressional Black Caucus is!<p>And we know this because the Washington Post reports that the president …

Congressional Black Caucus

Here’s a wish list the Congressional Black Caucus should put in front of Trump

During Donald Trump’s presidential transition, a parade of well-known African Americans — Jim Brown, Ray Lewis, Steve Harvey, Kanye West — ran in and out of Trump Tower for quickie meetings with the president-elect. One by one, they descended with testimonials to Trump’s sincerity, looking to …

Black Culture

Who Counts as an American?

It appears that an all-points bulletin has been issued in search of this nation’s soul. It is no secret that the current administration’s policies, …

Jim Crow Laws

Meet ELLE's 2017 Women in Washington

With American political life at peak volatility, these 10 women come armed with intelligence, determination—and, most important, facts. Lots of facts.<p><b>This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of ELLE</b><p>JUDY WOODRUFF | Anchor and managing editor, PBS Newshour<p>Watching Judy Woodruff lead</i> …

American History

‘I Brought You in This World and I’ll Take You Out’: How Black Folks’ Obsession With Whupping Is Killing Us

<i>Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America</i> is one of those necessary African-American reads, like <i>Between the World and Me;</i> <i>I’m</i> …

African-American News

President Trump's biggest surprises since taking office

What the President doesn’t know might hurt us.

Black Culture

Little Known Black History Fact: Oney Judge

<b>Oney “Ona” Judge,</b> also known as <b>Oney Judge Staines,</b> gained fame as an escaped slave who avoided the search efforts of <b>President George Washington</b>. Much …

African-American News

Meghan Markle feels 'too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community'

US actress <b>Meghan Markle</b> has said she feels "too light in the black community, too mixed in the white community".<p>The star, who is dating Prince Harry, …

UK News

Congressional Black Caucus finally gets day with Trump in a meeting not organized by April Ryan

Two months after the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) requested a meeting with Donald Trump, they finally get their chance to share their concerns …

U.S. Congress

Why the Nazis Loved America

To say America today is verging on Nazism feels like scaremongering. Yes, white nationalism lives in the White House. Yes, President Donald Trump …

Jim Crow Laws

This White Woman’s Painting of Emmett Till Belongs Under the Definition of Whitepeopleing, Not on a Museum Wall

Sigh ... must we go over this again, white people?<p>In the latest case of habitual boundary overstepping and appropriation, painter Dana Schutz’s work</i> …

Black Culture

Facebook

It seems as if everyone—except his racist supporters—are recognizing the obvious: Donald Trump is a racist. But racism extends far past Trump and his …

Racism

These Three Black Women Are Making Tech History

On February 23, 2017, fittingly on the cusp between Black History Month and Women’s History Month, three women held the first <i>Black Women Talk Tech</i>, an all-day event featuring 40 black women tech entrepreneurs who “gathered at Google New York to network, share our stories and tackle our unique …

Women of Color

Md. Med Student Is 1st Black Woman to Become Neurosurgery Resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Every month is black-history month, and Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, a young med student from Maryland, is proving just that: She has marked her spot in …

Medical School

Central District anti-gentrification art project annotates Martin Luther King, Jr. mural

‘That feeling when the county named after you is only 6% Black’<p>An anti-gentrification project in the Central District that issued “gentrification citations” back in September has another project in the Central District—this one on a mural of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way …

Black Culture

Black-ish star Yara Shahidi recalls Michelle Obama's letter of recommendation

How does one qualify for a college letter of recommendation from former First Lady Michelle Obama? “Hard work,” Yara Shahidi, who received such a letter, said on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i>. “It’s been nice to be involved in her learning initiative.”<p>Kimmel asked the <i>Black-ish</i> star about the college application …

TV

Jones: Shame on Seth Williams for letting down African Americans

MY HEART is broken at the news that Seth Williams has been indicted on charges of corruption. But the pain I feel is not for Williams - a man I've …

Philadelphia

Kerry James Marshall Brings Blackness to the White Walls of a White Space

There are exceptions, but for the most part art museums are very white places. White walls are covered in the works of white artists. White nudes are …

Los Angeles

Forget President Trump. Come to D.C. and get to know the city behind the ‘swamp.’

If you enjoy experiencing emotions ranging from irritation to outright terror, both the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency and the responses to his administration provide plenty of fodder for your ire. And though it might rank relatively low on my laundry list, one pet peeve has emerged from …

Opinion

Congressional Black Caucus To Meet with Trump Wednesday

When President Donald Trump asked an African-American reporter during a press conference last month to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black …

Black Culture

Whose Line Is It Anyway: The Conversation Needed To Be Had About 'Burning Sands'

Recently-released Netflix original film, <i>Burning Sands</i>, follows the journey of a favored pledge brother who is wavering between honoring his …

Racism

Fast food chains saw opportunity in inner cities, and the federal government helped them

In the 1960s, blighted urban areas were ready-made markets<p><i>by Chin Jou</i><p>By the 1960s, the suburban markets in the U.S. were becoming increasingly …

Fast Food

A Woman Purposed To Be A King

My mother left her mark. Women and girls, and all of humanity, are better for it.<p>Before my mother was a King, she was a Scott from Marion, Alabama, the daughter of resilient, righteous parents, Obadiah and Bernice, who drove the bus that transported my mother and other black students to school. …

History