Ever since we started learning about Black History in elementary school, Rosa Parks was one of the central figures of our lessons. The legendary Civil Rights activist is best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott and is one of the first Black women in history to give a White Man the […]

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Straight Outta Compton killed it at the box office this weekend, pulling in just over $60 million. If you’re one of the many who went to see it, or will go soon, you’ll notice one of the breakout roles in the film is that of Keith Stanfield, who plays the hilarious and legendary Snoop Dogg. It was obviously […]

Selma director Ava DuVernay recently decided not to direct Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie starring Chadwick Boseman. Though that wasn’t always the case, she made her reasoning loud and clear during a keynote speech at the BlogHer conference this past weekend, stating “it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film.” DuVernay decided the project, which would take up to three […]

Now that the dust has settled, the lines have dispersed, and the BBQ has been digested, it’s time to point out some highlights from SXSW. The Austin music and arts festival kicked off with an amazing keynote speech from Selma director Ava DuVernay, who served the crowd some jewels that could very well change their – and […]

Yesterday, we witnessed the President of the United States make history right before our own eyes. In commemoration of Martin Luther King‘s iconic march in Selma, Alabama, Barack Obama marched on the same bridge (Edmond Pettus Bridge) MLK marched on 50 years ago, with his family, several civil rights leaders, and members of Congress. “If Selma taught us […]

Dear Vanilla Ice, Excuse the late correspondence. The public was just notified about your participation in BET’s Salute Selma concert scheduled for Sunday, March 8. It is now Saturday, March 7. The time is approximately 10am EST, which means, that in less than 48 hours, this message will self-destruct. I am respectfully asking you to withdraw from […]

Days before the nation acknowledges the 50 years that have passed since peaceful civil rights demonstrators were brutality beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a new petition has circulated to rename the historic bridge in Selma, Alabama. In an interview with Huff Post Live, Brandi Hatter, outreach coordinator for Students UNITE, spoke about the group’s decision to […]

While many are excited for John Legend and Common’s win for Best Original Song at the Oscars last night, I am not one of them. For me, the song was the worst part of a great movie and it came across as corny and manufactured. I am a fan of John Legend and Common and […]

John Legend and Common had the moment of the night when they hit the stage at the 2015 Academy Awards to perform the heart-wrenching “Glory” from the Selma soundtrack.  While the film was snubbed in a lot of other categories, Selma‘s moving theme courtesy of the ultra-talented Mr. Legend and Common also took home the award […]

Congratulations to Ava Duvernay for not being nominated for an Oscar. Mainstream award shows have never been a good judge of African American art and African American artists should not expect or desire recognition from them. Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, recognized as two of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, never won a […]