Motown, and in particular The Supremes, were symbols of breaking racial barriers. The appearances of The Supremes on mainstream variety shows weren't just critical for what it said about the humanity of African Americans, it also said a great deal about the position of black women in society.
Often in America, when discussing prominent black trailblazers who fought the injustices of segregation and racial oppression, we see the same images of a variety of men. I somewhat jokingly call them our superhero black male icons.
To Bayard Rustin, fighting for his equality as a black man, while leaving his identity as a gay man unspoken, would have been an unthinkable betrayal. This Black History Month, we should not forget trailblazers like Rustin.
Black history, as well Hispanic history and others, need to be integrated into our educational system and curricula and taught at all levels. Not just during one month of the year. And not just as a sidebar feature in a textbook.
I first read about Johnson and his orchestral compositions in a liner note to a Gershwin recording. When I tracked down the author, Robert Kimball, he told me the fascinating story of James P.'s life and career.
To many outsiders, the South African art world may seem to have produced no more than a few major talents -- most notably William Kentridge. Their wor...
Much attention has been paid to the shift in racial and generational demographics this past electoral season and what it means for our political future -- but little coverage was given to what it means for our planet's future.
If a heterosexually identified Christian clergy man of color from Nigeria can change his mind about the way God expects him to treat gay people, then the rest of us may be able to do so as well
When President Obama paid tribute to Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old African-American woman who was forced to wait hours to cast her ballot last November, he was highlighting not only the Florida Republican Party's voter suppression efforts but the tortured history of race relations in America.
I wanted an event that served as a cultural reservoir of beautiful art that flows from our progressive black community. Not for me, but for the benefit of current and future generations to truly appreciate our rich artistic heritage.
Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has the music world intrigued with the series of singles he's been releasing. I thought I'd take a peek into his pre-Minnesota, pre-purple, ancestral past. Here are a few of the discoveries I found scattered in the branches of his family tree:
The playing field is level enough to advance up to a point, but without the anchor and security of a collective voice, high-achieving Indians will remain the solitary outsiders, easy to bring down. What does all this have to do with African Americans, one might wonder?
As Black History Month begins, let's celebrate the women of color on film who embraced the challenges of directing, producing and diverse on camera roles in milestone achievements of a year past.
The notion that simply acknowledging Jackson's absurd statements lends them credence is a valid one. Granted, her lunacy doesn't deserve any additional attention. However, it's important to note that Jackson is, for better or worse, a public figure with a following.
Black History Month may be focused on black folks, but their blackness isn't necessarily their main identity and isn't the sole focus of the month, but yet their leadership, bravery and resilience is that focus.
When I think of Black History Month, I reflect on the fact that black history was often deleted in the history books or inaccurately portrayed in the same books.