Category: black history

John Singer Sargent’s Secret Muse

Madam C.J. Walker was a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch, becoming one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century and likely America’s first female millionaire.

Have you seen Netflix’s new series on Madam Walker yet? Check it out! “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker

The Negro Trail Blazers of California, a study of black pioneers largely left out of history books, written by journalist and historian Delilah Beasley, 1919.

R.I.P. mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon and return to Earth in 1969.

Vintage posters included in the exhibition “Now Showing: Posters from African American Movies” at the Smithsonian’s NMAAh.

The Fire Last Time: LIFE in Watts, 1966


To justify the exclusion of and violence toward African Americans after the Civil War, pop culture—encompassing everything from mass media and entertainment to product advertising and tchotchkes—churned out objects, images, songs, and stories designed to reinforce widespread beliefs about white supremacy and black inferiority. Across the country, in Northern states as well as Southern ones, black people were routinely humiliated, menaced, tortured and beaten to death, and blocked from participating in business and public life. Thanks to smartphone and social-media technology, we’re seeing how such violence continues in 2015, 50 years after the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

How America Bought and Sold Racism, and Why It Still Matters

“I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.” 

~ R.I.P. Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018)

Black Glamour Power: The Stars Who Blazed a Trail for Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o

R.I.P. Linda Brown Smith (1942 – 2018), whose father was the plaintiff named in 1954′s groundbreaking school-desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education.