Author: Lit Erati

Wanted: A Few Good Black Men

Wanted: A Few Good Black Men

An Atlanta-based college has partnered with an online education provider to increase their 51-percent graduation rate to 100 percent. Read on to find out which high-profile school is looking to reclaim its nongraduated alumni.

Profile: Michaela Coel, Paradigm Shifter

Michaela the Destroyer How a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the most sublimely unsettling show of the year. Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You” is a sprawling, 12-episode HBO-BBC series that fictionalizes the story of her sexual assault.

Dorothy Butler Gilliam – Washington Post’s First Black Woman Reporter

Dorothy Butler Gilliam – Washington Post’s First Black Woman Reporter – Los Angeles Sentinel Being the “first” can be more than challenging, but Dorothy Butler Gilliam cleared every high hurdle to claim the title and succeed beyond all expectations. Gilliam was the first Black woman 

Spotlight on Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood

In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. A new exhibition reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color. Source: Forgotten Black Women of 

How to Be a Successful Black Woman

In a new MoMA show, the twenty-nine-year-old “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms takes on lessons in etiquette. She stalks film and television history for images of black women performing the mundane” Source: How to Be a Successful Black Woman

Why I’m devoting a year to helping black newspapers survive

As black communities risk being overlooked by many newsrooms, so do black newspapers risk being overlooked or undervalued by advertisers. During the next year, I’ll study family, legacy and the viability of black newspapers in America as a Knight-Wallace fellow. When I first returned to the Richmond 

“Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work”| Detroit Housewives League

The 3rd Sunday in May is a special day in Black history when we celebrate the founder of the Detroit Housewives League, Fannie Peck.In 1930s Black women couldn’t afford to stay at home and wait for their husbands. Too many businesses would sell goods and services 

All Black Media: Making Movies (and Moves) that Matter

Actress Garcelle Beauvais and producer Lisa L. Wilson have teamed up to form Beauvais Wilson Productions, a multi-media production company that will focus on making movies that matter. Source: Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa L. Wilson Form Multi-Media Production Company

#ShePersisted  How TSR Founder built her Digital Media Empire.

Angelica Nwandu merged her celebrity obsession and love of writing to create The Shade Room. For the first nine months, I was blogging on my own — all day, all night, and I didn’t sleep. I didn’t make any money. Friends would say, “You’re wasting 

Miss Black America continues over-40-year legacy of positivity, volunteerism

  The Miss Black America organization held its first pageant on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk in 1968 on the same night as Miss America, down the street from Boardwalk Hall at The Ritz-Carlton Atlantic City. No one could have imagined the media presence, because few black 

“Celebrating Black Women Filmmakers”

BAMcinématek celebrates the trailblazing work of black women filmmakers.“On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash’s 1991 masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for that landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series 

Katherine Johnson, Legendary Mathematician and Inspiration for the Upcoming Film Hidden Figures, Turns 98

Along with helping the United States win the Space Race for NASA, Katherine Johnson, physicist and mathematician also worked on the Space Shuttle program, the Earth Resources Satellite and plans for the mission to Mars. Hidden Figures hits theaters Jan. 13 Source: Katherine Johnson, Legendary 

Decades Before Oprah, Della Reese was the First Black Woman to Host a Talk Show

Della Reese isn’t just a successful singer or actress. Her legacy is far more profound: Reese was the first black woman to host her own syndicated talk show in the United States. This historic fact, though, has been reduced to a footnote in her biography 

#Blackgirlmagic: African-American Women Take Spotlight at Rio Olympics – NBC News

With competition continuing through Sunday, America’s black female athletes have won more than two dozen of the 100-plus U.S. medal haul. Source: #Blackgirlmagic: African-American Women Take Spotlight at Rio Olympics – NBC News