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Frank Ocean, and Why Blacks Need to Finally Get Over Homophobia

When will it just be accepted and not a novelty for a Black Entertainer to come out openly Gay? Frank Ocean made headlines last year with his announcement but was it really a step forward for the Black LGBT community? While we can all agree that what he did took courage it is about time that it shouldn’t have to.

Harriet Washington's book examines the legacy of medical mistreatment against Black people

Medical Apartheid

Harriet Washington’s book examines the legacy of medical mistreatment against Black people in America, including kidnapped slaves.

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Coming in April 2013: Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

Chadwick Boseman will step into the baseball cleats of Jackie Robinson as he takes on the role of the baseball great in a new biopic.

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Toni Morrison Talks To Google About Creativity

Author Toni Morrison talked to Google staff about creativity and how she uses technology for her work.

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Exactly How ‘Black’ Is Black America?

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines DNA databases to learn how Black the country’s Black residents really are… to surprising results.

It's time to end the myth that more black men end up graduating from prison than college.

More Black Men in Jail Than in College? Wrong

Ivory A. Toldson dispels a persistent myth about Black men that both perpetuates and is spread by racism.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR BANFIELD PET HOSPITAL - Quvenzhane Wallis, star of the upcoming musical film “Annie,” joined by her four-legged co-star Sandy, reads aloud from Banfield Pet Hospital's first-ever children’s book, “My Very, Very Busy Day,” at a book launch event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in New York.  Banfield’s children’s book, from which all proceeds will be used to provide preventive care to pets in need, is written to entertain and educate children on what it means to be a responsible pet owner and the importance of pets receiving preventive veterinary care; for more information visit, www.banfield.com/myveryverybusyday.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Banfield Pet Hospital/AP Images)

Why the Onion’s Crappy Apology Is Worthless

The Onion set Twitter on fire with a message that some feel doesn’t go with the company’s reputation for comedy.

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A baby, the N word and a slap for Jonah Bennett

According to a child’s mother and at least one witness, a man on an airplane used a racial slur before slapping a nearby Black baby.

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Remembering Trayvon Martin on the First Anniversary of His Death

One year after a boy lost his life at the hands of a neighbor, we ponder senseless acts of violence against the Black community.

Sometimes you just have to go out on a limb and try something!

Happy Birthday, ABHM!

America’s Black Holocaust Museum celebrates its first year as a successful virtual museum, revealing American history to an global audience.

Lil Wayne, Emmett Till Backlash: Rapper Faces Scrutiny Over Rap Lyric

From the Huffington Post, Black Voices [T]he Grammy Award-winner is making headlines once again for his cameo on Future’s recently leaked track titled, “Karate Chop.” The song which is set to appear this weekend on DJ Smallz’s upcoming mixtape “This Is That Southern Smoke Vol. 4,” finds the New Orleans native making an explicit reference to…

A scene from Steven Spielberg's film, "Lincoln" (2012)

Film ‘Lincoln’ inspires Mississippi to officially ban slavery

By Sarah Muller, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC.com The Oscar-nominated film Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field details the political maneuvering behind the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. But a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln’s death, Lincoln is still fighting to end slavery. In 1865, the 13th…

Samuel Leibowitz, the chief defense attorney, spoke with Haywood Patterson, one of the nine men charged with the rape of two white women on a train, in 1933 in Decatur, Ala. Bettman/Corbis

Exonerating the Scottsboro Nine

This landmarked case changed criminal justice permanently, and now the victims of a false accusation have been posthumously pardoned.

Advertisement of sheriff’s sale of Shadrach Minkins, 1849
Courtesy Gary Collison

Abolitionists Rescue Fugitive Slave from Boston Courtroom

The arrest of Shadrach Minkins, the first person to be arrested in New England under fugitive slave laws, catalyzed the grater rebellion.

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This Day in History, the NAACP Was Founded

From Wikipedia The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909 by a diverse group composed of W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Archibald Grimké, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, William English Walling (the last son of a former slave-holding family), Florence Kelley, a social reformer and friend of Du Bois, and Charles Edward Russell, a renowned muckraker and close friend of Walling who helped…

Aged around 30 at the time of this photo, James W. Johnson had already written Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing and been admitted to the Florida bar.

The “Black National Anthem” First Performed on This Date in 1900

Two brothers are responsible for the song that some people know as the Black National Anthem, first performed more than 100 years ago.

For the first time in history, two black Senators will serve at the same time. (Photo: Charles Krupa, AP)

Meet the Newest Black Senator

The newest senator from Massachusetts, William “Mo” Cowan, is one of the most powerful Black politicians in the nation.

Confederate past: Uproar over changing park names

by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press, theGrio.com MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The statue of Confederate fighter Nathan Bedford Forrest astride a horse towers above the Memphis park bearing his name. It’s a larger-than-life tribute to the warrior still admired by many for fiercely defending the South in the Civil War — and scorned by others for…

Alice Walker, awardwinning American writer and activist, author of The Color Purple, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and other novels.

Happy Birthday, Alice Walker!

We recognize Alice Walker, an award-winning author whose work is well known in and outside of the Black community on her birthday.

Anti-Slavery Movement Poster, Salem MA, 1850 (Library of Congress)

Happy Birthday, Reverend John Rankin, Dedicated Abolitionist!

Reverend John Rankin worked toward equality through his religious weapons and work on the Underground Railroad.

Physicist and inventor George Carruthers built his first telescope at age 10, and has spent the rest of his life making important contributions to the study of outer space.

Two Black Scientists Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

James Gates and George Carruthers have received medals from the Obama administration for their work in science.