Tag: women’s history

Inauguration|Brave New Words

Inauguration|Brave New Words

America’s conscience arrived at the nation’s Capitol wearing a vibrant red Crown, masquerading as a Prada satin headband, adorning an upsweep of gorgeous braids. She dressed in a Prada bright yellow double-breasted wool coat, a crisp white poplin shirt, black leather pencil skirt, and pumps. In her repertoire, a message of hope.

In Memoriam Toni Morrison

In Memoriam Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison dies at 88 We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight. She died last night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s first novel, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston 

Black Lives Images – Going Once, Twice, Sold!

Black Lives Images – Going Once, Twice, Sold!

It’s an end of an era as Johnson Publishing Company’s iconic photo archive collection is expected to go on the auction block.  But if you head up to Boston’s Colby Museum, you may get a final glimpse of what could be the last time the 

Making News

Making News

The LeadStory founder and principals making headlines and bylines

Byline | EBONY Magazine

Byline | EBONY Magazine

Check out my two feature articles in EBONY Sept 2018 Fashion Issue. I had the pleasure to speak with the indefatigable Emmy Award-nominated lead actress and TV show creator, Issa Rae. I write about her experience with the Peabody award-winning HBO series “Insecure” and how 

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 

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

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 

Commonplace Books of Sci-Fi Novelist Octavia E. Butler

Commonplace Books of Sci-Fi Novelist Octavia E. Butler

My search engine travels took me to the commonplace books of renowned Science Fiction novelist Octavia E. Butler. I’m richer in spirit to know her words and work live beyond the pages of her many novels—more about that in a minute. But first: By a raise of