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Would you believe there are current members of Congress who voted against making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday in 1983? According to Yahoo! News, both former GOP presidential nominee John McCain of Arizona, and Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama voted against the holiday back in the day, along with four men who have since […]

The cast of Selma wants to bring awareness to racial injustices in America on and off the big screen. History was made this weekend, as Oprah Winfrey, David Oyewolo, director Ava DuVernay, the town of Selma, and fans marched in honor of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, reenacting his march in Alabama. Before reaching the bridge over […]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are currently in a battle for the civil rights leader’s most prized possessions. According to the LA Times, Dexter King and Martin Luther King have filed a lawsuit against their sister Bernice King to hand over King’s bible and Nobel Peace Prize so they can sell them to a potential private […]

Madonna came under fire this past week after she posted photoshopped images of black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Bob Marley. Now, she is recognizing where she went wrong… sort of. Taking to her Facebook page, the Rebel Heart singer issued an apology to fans and followers who were offended by the pictures, […]

Madonna, girl…what the hell you doin’? Moments ago, the singer Instagrammed and tweeted a number of promotional pictures for her upcoming album, Rebel Heart. The pictures feature historical black figures like Nelson Mandela and MLK Jr. with a heart-shaped fenced-in ribbon around their respective faces. This❤️#rebelheart fought for freedom! pic.twitter.com/7OxGT28TuY — Madonna (@Madonna) January 2, 2015 This […]

Selma is one of the most important movies you’ll see this year. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film chronicles the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the historic civil rights marches he led in Alabama. We spoke with Oscar nominee Common about his contributions to the film, and how hip-hop has contributed to the […]

The first and official trailer for Selma has been released, and it seems like we’re in for a treat. The flick, which stars David Oyelowo in the role of Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles the civil rights leader’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama as he fought fervently for African-Americans to have equal voting rights in 1965. Director […]

In her most powerful video to date, Eunique Jones Gibson, a young culture architect from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, chose to uphold the values of responsible leadership and humanity with her “Salute To Dr. King.” The video is an extension of Gibson’s adorable “Because of Them We Can” Black History Month campaign — a series of […]

Understanding Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s purpose behind creating an annual ritual to acknowledge and accumulate the contributions of blacks in the face of overt racism, a young photographer and activist from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area decided to get back to basics. In February 2013, Eunique Jones Gibson released a series of engaging photographs in an […]

The advent of Black History Month brings both excitement and anxiety, as we do our best to responsibly remember the contributions of blacks in America and field off annual commentary meant to cheapen the 28 days set aside for uplifting black communities. And with some American citizens’ well-intentioned quest to make this nation “post-racial,” that […]

The fraternity that threw a racist party to celebrate (or demean) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is finally getting the boot from Arizona State University. The university notified Tau Kappa Epsilon that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been permanently revoked. According to the Associated Press: Revoking recognition means the 65-year-old local […]

So this happened. Party promoters for a teen club in Michigan decided to Photoshop the face of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on their flyers, right next to the phrase “Freedom To Twerk” — a move that sparked the outrage of thousands and shocked the King family. Now, daughter Dr. Bernice King is speaking out […]