african american history

Oprah Winfrey Kicks Off Her New Book Club on Apple TV+ With Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer

Oprah Winfrey Kicks Off Her New Book Club on Apple TV+ With Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer

Like so many other companies getting into the content game, the traditionally hardware-focused Apple launched Apple TV+ today with a promising partnership with the master of the media universe, Oprah

Uncle Nearest’s Forthcoming Distillery Contextualizes Whiskey History

As the project nears completion, the company's list of lesser-known initiatives surfaces—and tells a tale of love, respect and legacy Lynchburg, Tennessee lies at the center of plenty of whiskey
The 1619 anniversary of Africans in the United States is significant but not the whole story

The 1619 anniversary of Africans in the United States is significant but not the whole story

The reason 1619 matters is because it marks the genesis of a black English-speaking community in the United States.
Historic Ebony Photos Set to Be Auctioned Off for at Least $13,000,000

Historic Ebony Photos Set to Be Auctioned Off for at Least $13,000,000

Photos from the Ebony magazine archives detailing some 70 years of African American life and history, including images of Emmett Till, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King and so many more, are
Last Known U.S. Slave Ship, the Clotilda, Said to Have Been Discovered in Alabama

Last Known U.S. Slave Ship, the Clotilda, Said to Have Been Discovered in Alabama

Researchers recently announced they’ve located the remains of the last known ship known to bring enslaved Africans to what we now call the United States. Read more...
Commentary: Don't end Black History Month just because some people abuse it

Commentary: Don't end Black History Month just because some people abuse it

February is Black History Month, a celebration of the African American men and women both famous and obscure who contributed to this great nation. With Black History Month comes the debate about

Tracing the Influence of Early Black Designers

In a new exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, titled African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, the influence of black designers is traced, from 1900 to 1980.
A viral Twitter thread revealed Sears’s history as disruptor of Jim Crow-era racism

A viral Twitter thread revealed Sears’s history as disruptor of Jim Crow-era racism

Now that Sears is filing for bankruptcy after 132 years in business, journalists and nostalgic shoppers are picking through the department store’s history, tracing its…

NYC Honors African-American Community in Central Harlem With New Historic District

The late Dr. Martin Luther King gave a sermon at a church in the newly designated Central Harlem historic district.
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters Return, More Relevant Than Ever

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters Return, More Relevant Than Ever

Respect your elders. I don’t know a child who wasn’t raised with that admonition, which in my household was often accompanied by a swat on the butt or a swift side-eye when due respect wasn’t paid.
Library of Congress Reveals Previously Unknown Portrait of Harriet Tubman in New, Digitized Album

Library of Congress Reveals Previously Unknown Portrait of Harriet Tubman in New, Digitized Album

It’s Harriet Tubman, the world’s No. 1 certified badass, as you’ve never seen her before. Read more...
Call Me by My Name: Danai Gurira Writes About the Importance of Identity for Glamour Magazine

Call Me by My Name: Danai Gurira Writes About the Importance of Identity for Glamour Magazine

Fun fact: There was about a decade of my life where I didn’t like to be called by my given name. After an early childhood of correcting anyone who dared mispronounce it, I spent most of grammar school
Ryan Coogler Reiterates That Black Panther Is His Most Personal Film

Ryan Coogler Reiterates That Black Panther Is His Most Personal Film

For Ryan Coogler, Black Panther was an opportunity to wrestle with questions he’s been dealing with his entire life. Read more...
A New Short Film Aims to Share the Untold Story of the First African American Man in Space

A New Short Film Aims to Share the Untold Story of the First African American Man in Space

Have you ever heard of Guion “Guy” Bluford—the first African American in space? Despite his major place in history, his name is surprisingly not very well-known. A new short film aims to change that,
The Casties: Quartz’s awards for the best podcasts of 2017

The Casties: Quartz’s awards for the best podcasts of 2017

It’s 10:30 pm on a Tuesday night and I’m doing laps around my block, smoking a cigarette, listening hard. The feral cats are comfortable approaching…
Will Mississippi’s New Civil Rights Museum Tell the Truth About the State’s Troublesome Past?

Will Mississippi’s New Civil Rights Museum Tell the Truth About the State’s Troublesome Past?

Myrlie Evers-Williams once had a hard time understanding how her husband could still love their home state of Mississippi so deeply. Read more...
Democrats in Mich. House of Representatives Push to Make African-American History Required Learning After Charlottesville, Va.

Democrats in Mich. House of Representatives Push to Make African-American History Required Learning After Charlottesville, Va.

Following the violence of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives are stepping up to the plate, pushing for legislation that would