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African American History

Dirty Words and Gender Switching in the Blues

Debra Devi | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

Africans may have arrived here with nothing, but they enriched and vitalized American language and culture beyond measure. Africans in the Americas became masters of metaphor and euphemism.

Celebrating Black History Month and the Achievements of African American Women

Donna Brazile | Posted 04.29.2012 | Black Voices
Donna Brazile

The strength, talents and successes of contemporary black women have deeply influenced the Obama Administration and continue to shape American history and improve the lives of all our citizens.

Mochas at The White House

Kuae Kelch Mattox | Posted 04.28.2012 | Black Voices
Kuae Kelch Mattox

It's not often that I'm blown away by an invite, but when 150 leaders from Mocha Moms were invited to the White House for a private event last week, I had to pinch myself a few times just to make sure I wasn't dreaming.

Black History Month Is Real

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Black History Month provides everybody in the world with a window into the lives of African-American pioneers and pacemakers that had overcome adversity on all levels. That's why Black History Month is real!

Smithsonian Groundbreaking Snubs Obama: Were They Low on Shovels? (Updated)

Dee Evans | Posted 04.23.2012 | Black Voices
Dee Evans

It would be interesting to know what the thought process was behind the decision not to have the first black president participate in the shovel part of the ceremony for the first national museum dedicated to African American history; heck, Obama is African American history!

Rufus Buck's Anti-Black History Month History Lesson

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 04.21.2012 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

The Rufus Buck gang were neither saints, nor victims. But they are part of our history -- the part we foolishly agree to ignore because it does not fit the normative view of who we ought to be.

25 Black Models Who Broke Barriers

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Before Chanel Iman appeared on the covers of American Vogue and Italian Elle, and before Jourdan Dunn became the first black model to walk Prada's run...

The Soundtrack Of Black America: Celebrating The Top 10 Gospel Songs

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Gospel music is the most authentically black cultural expression and the most glorious music on earth with a sound and a feeling all its own.

Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum Celebrates Black History Month From Every Angle

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.03.2012 | Detroit

During Black History Month, curators at one of the largest institutions dedicated to documenting African-American history and culture could probably s...

Tuskegee Airmen Take To The Skies!

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 01.25.2012 | Arts

Stan Stokes is man with a mission: to do justice to the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen through his paintings. For over forty years, the California-base...

How Red Tails Can Inform Us If We Are Truly Post Racial

Byron Williams | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Byron Williams

More than a critique that counters the stereotype held for so-called liberal Hollywood elites, Lucas' 20-year odyssey to get Red Tails on the screen says more about what film studios think of their buying public.

Looking Closer At Absence

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts

Jennie C. Jones' works address absence. Yet instead of treating absence as pure lack, Jones explores its texture, its logic, its intention, its residu...

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles: Part 2

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, " and I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones. Here's the second part of that conversation.

David Sands

Bringing A Historic Civil Rights Trial To Life

HuffingtonPost.com | David Sands | Posted 01.12.2012 | Detroit

In 1925, Dr. Ossian Sweet, a successful African-American physician, moved his family into an all-white neighborhood on Detroit's east side. Soon after...

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.10.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is at the UCLA Hammer Museum and is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980." I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones.

Not a Dream Deferred: The Photography of Kali-Ma Nazarene

Jim Downs | Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts
Jim Downs

Photographer Kali-Ma Nazarene's uncle fled to France many decades ago in order to escape discrimination. Like her, he was an artist in search of solace in another country. His name was James Baldwin.

The Transformative Power of African-American Artists

Juanita Moore | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Juanita Moore

African-American art has been and can continue to be a catalyst in Detroit, home to many of the country's largest and most significant individually owned African-American art collections.

The Help: A Teacher's Guide

Gary Stager | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Some of your secondary school students have read The Help and many more will have seen this summer's film adaptation. This creates a critical teachable moment for educators.

Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

It appears that shame -- black and white -- can shrink us. In literature we've been historically reduced to a slither of a people. Writers like me self-censor for fear of offending, for fear of not finding an audience. We don't tell our stories in the context of this nation.

Malcolm X Was "Gay-for-Pay," New Book Says

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.07.2011 | Books
Irene Monroe

We need to closely examine the recent revelation that for a period in his life Malcolm X engaged in same-sex relationships.

Remembering Ten Black Christian Leaders

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clarence B. Jones

As our nation commemorates "Black History Month" it is fitting that we pay tribute to contributions of "elders" to our own nation's struggle for participatory democracy

Black New York: Historic Photos From the Museum of the City of New York

Lacy Schutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lacy Schutz

There are countless stories in our collection. We're proud to celebrate Black History Month with this selection of photographs about the movement of the African American community within Manhattan.

WATCH: Deon Cole's Black His-Story On Conan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

When you think of all the resources you can turn to for programming during black history month, Conan is probably second or third, proceeded only by B...

'Womanist': Saying Who We Are

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated.

DuSable Museum Founder Dies, Leaving Lasting Impact On Black Culture

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A founder of one of the oldest African-American history museums in the country has died. A spokesman for the DuSable Museum of Africa...