iOS app Android app

Black Culture

I Am Not Your Negro

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Just in case you need a reminder that racism is not dead, James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, has left behind ...

Loving

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The writing, direction, performances and production elements are filled with a grace that leaves a lasting impression. It's as if the battle this unassuming couple waged must have been blessed from the start.

2016 New Orleans Film Festival - A Melting Pot of Quality Films

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The 2016 New Orleans Film Festival kicked off its 27th year by opening with the U.S. premiere of Rob Reiner's new film LBJ. That genius bit of program...

Moonlight

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.18.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

In just his second feature film, writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a teen and then finds a thin measure of serenity as a young man.

Kaleidoscope Of Meaning: Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' And Making Religious Meaning In The Intersection

Sharde' Chapman | Posted 10.12.2016 | Entertainment
Sharde' Chapman

This album is the thing that religion nerd dreams are made of: A complex telling of how one navigates a black body and makes meaning. In this case the foundation is the black Christian church.

This TED Talk Breaks Down The History Of Black Dances In 25 Moves

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.30.2016 | Black Voices

From the Lindy Hop to the Chickenhead to the Nae-Nae, popular black dances almost inevitably become the latest crazes in mainstream pop culture. Often...

After 100 Years Of Challenges, The First National Black History Museum Is Here

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.27.2016 | Black Voices

Black history is finally taking its rightful place within the Smithsonian Institution with the National Museum of African American History and Culture...

Southside With You

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Southside With You vividly recreates the budding romance of Barack and Michelle. It also puts on a screen, for everyone to see, a romantic courtship between educated African Americans, the kind that Hollywood rarely depicts.

No, Most Black Kids Are Not Fatherless

Josh Levs | Posted 07.26.2016 | Black Voices
Josh Levs

Moving in the right direction begins with understanding the reality. Most black children are not fatherless. And most black dads are setting a great example.

Miss Sharon Jones!

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.26.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown's. Jones' gyrations are as wild and ...

Shani Crowe's African-Inspired Braids Are Absolutely Mesmerizing

The Huffington Post | Choyce Miller | Posted 07.21.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

...

Why I Don't Call Other Black People The "N" Word

Towanda Bryant | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Towanda Bryant

I was taught, by my parents, that the "N" word is an ignorant person -- male or female, and of any race. And I accept that to be its definition. Even though I don't believe the word is interchangeably related to all Black people, I know I would not like someone calling me that word in a negative way.

San Francisco: Dining, Daytrippin' and Jazz

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.26.2016 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a perfect reason to come to The City by the Bay. It's also a great time to explore some cool leisure activit...

Cultural Appropriation: When 'Borrowing' Becomes Exploitation

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.21.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Context, particularly as it relates to power relationships, is a key factor in distinguishing borrowing from exploitative cultural appropriation. When patterns of borrowing fail to acknowledge their sources and compensate them, they can be categorized as cultural appropriation.

Presenting Princess Shaw

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

She, Samantha Montgomery, is a 39-year-old who works a 9-5 at a nursing home in a rough section of New Orleans. On her own time, she takes on the pers...

Keanu

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Walk in the theater not expecting much. Walk out charmed and happy. Key & Peele will have that kind of affect on you. And that little furball that plays Keanu is worth his weight in catnip.

Nina

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Enlightening and moving are two descriptive words that will never be associated with the misconceived and misguided endeavor that is Nina.

6 Artists on Black Identity

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

"Where am I in this story?" Watch artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Chimamanda Adichie discuss how black people are (mis-)represented in today's society and culture.

Braids Will Always Be A Powerful Symbol Of Black Girl Culture

Michaela angela Davis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Michaela angela Davis

Whether there are 8 or 800 -- with bright double-ball elastic holders tight at the top and butterfly barrettes bouncing at the bottom or with cobalt blue yarn woven throughout -- braids are, and always will be, a definitive symbol of black girl culture.

Nick Cannon: 'We Make Black History Every Day'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices

Black History Month only rolls around once a year, but there's never a bad time to appreciate the achievements of African Americans, Nick Cannon told ...

Race

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

"On the track, there is no black and white, just fast and slow. For those 10 seconds you are free," says Jesse Owens (Stephan James) in this moving an...

The Best Films 2015

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.20.2016 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year. They've entertained us. Made us laugh, feel courageous, scared, romantic and ...

Drake: The Rapper We Deserve, But Not the Rapper We Need

Alexander Williams | Posted 11.24.2016 | Black Voices
Alexander Williams

This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.

Creed

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.22.2016 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you step into the theater to watch this boxing movie, don't look for Rocky. Yes, you'll see and feel remnants of that spirit. But Creed is its own story. Its own franchise. It's the rebellious son that wandered out on its own. For that reason, Baby Boomers and Millennials will dig it.

How Walter Dean Myers Taught Me To Stop Writing White

Sofia Quintero | Posted 11.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sofia Quintero

My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.