Tag: history

Sidewalk Runway

Sidewalk Runway

After nearly a year of messy buns, sweats pants and zoom meetings; a look-back at styles through the decades. This one from the late 1960s.

40s Swagger

40s Swagger

The World Was at War for the second time – and women decided to look their best – 40s Swagger

Still in “Control”

Still in “Control”

The iconic Ms. Jackson (“Janet, if you’re Nasty”), Newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Class of 2019, will celebrate her Las Vegas Residency with the reissue of her 3rd studio album  “CONTROL”  in vinyl.   The multi-platinum album, first released February 4, 1986, had 

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

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 

Witness to King’s Assassination Speaks Out

Witness to King’s Assassination Speaks Out

“We didn’t think he would die… He can’t.” Mary Ellen Ford nee’ Norwood said of the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the 50th commemoration of the assassination. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Ford said she worked at 

Historic Beale Street

Historic Beale Street

Traveling to Memphis, Tennessee for #MLK50, commemorating the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Be sure to visit the First Baptist Church on Beale Street. It’s billed as the first and largest “negro missionary church built after the Civil War.”

Rap*s New Generation

Rap*s New Generation

  The writing was on the wall. The New Generation arrived with a mic in one hand, a yes, yes, Y’all on their lips and two turntables and speakers set to spin. Hip Hop wasn’t just a music revolution; it was a political movement. It 

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired the papers of famed activist Angela Davis. Angela Davis, iconic activist, scholar and leading advocate for prison abolition, has found a new home for her life’s work. In 2016, Kenvi Phillips, Ph.D. (US History) the newly installed Curator for Race 

Spotlight on Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood

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 

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

“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 

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

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