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SoCal Legends: Jackie Robinson
April 22, 2021
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson is one of the most iconic figures in sports history. He was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919, and his family moved to Pasadena one year later. Seeing his brother Mack Robinson compete in track and field inspired him to pursue sports. ... read more »
SoCal Legends: Donald Penn
April 15, 2021
Donald Penn rose from a local prep athlete to a three-time Pro Bowler with a long career in the NFL. ... read more »
The Life and Legacy of DMX
April 15, 2021
A tragic close to the life of an artist who is considered one of the great song writers. ... read more »
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Pamela Smith Named First Black Woman Chief of U.S. Park Police
April 8, 2021
At the United States Park Police, Chief Pamela Smith will lead a 560-member workforce that protects the public, parks, and the nation’s most iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. ... read more »
Art Exhibition Remembers the Black Women who were Lynched
March 29, 2021
Blacks became the prey of lynch mobs if they were accused of a crime, committed a perceived slight against someone white or demanded changes, such as the right to vote. The report documents more than 4,400 cases of men, women and children who were killed between 1877 and 1950. The vast majority were men. Artist Alexis Joyner created art around the tragedy.. ... read more »
Kansas County Mulls Changing Creek’s Racially Loaded Name
March 29, 2021
Advocates who are pushing to change the name of a nondescript stream called Negro Creek near Kansas City say they hope their efforts will also lead to the renaming of other geographical features in Kansas that use the racially loaded term. ... read more »
Recording Registry adds albums by Janet Jackson, Nas 
March 26, 2021
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Labelle’s song “Lady Marmalade” and Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few more memorable titles including Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”  ... read more »
Los Angeles County Looks to Return Black-Owned Beach Front Land to Descendants of Original Owners
March 17, 2021
Willa and Charles Bruce; they were the first Black landowners in Manhattan Beach. However, the City of Manhattan found a way to take ownership of their property.  Nearly a century later, Los Angeles County is revisiting the prospects of returning proper ownership of the beachfront to the descendants of the Bruce family. ... read more »
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NFL Hires First Black Woman Referee
March 10, 2021
Maia Chaka knows well that Women’s History Month is all about commemorating, observing, and celebrating the vital role of the fairer sex in American folklore. ... read more »
Elizabeth Keckley, Thirty Years a Slave, Four Years in the White House
March 4, 2021
“He came to the bed, lifted the cover from the face of his child, gazed at it long and earnestly, murmuring, ‘My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home. I know that he is much better off in heaven, but then we loved him so. It is hard, hard to have him die.’” ... read more »
Black History Makers 1914-1946
February 25, 2021
Black History Makers 1914-1946 ... read more / view gallery »
Black History: Ruby Kimbrew
February 25, 2021
After 47 years, she has been recognized as the First African American woman bus driver for Gardena's Municipal Bus Lines ... read more »
Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke: A Legacy of First in LA Politics
February 25, 2021
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is well acquainted with being the “first.”  Throughout her extensive public service career, she garnered multiple “firsts” as she spearheaded initiatives for the betterment of minorities, women and all people.   ... read more »
Black History Makers: Pre-Civil War Activists
February 18, 2021
Crispus Attucks was born around the year 1723 in Framingham, Massachusetts. He managed to escape from bondage; and showed a skill for buying and trading goods, spending most of his time on trading ships and whaling vessels going in and out of Boston. On March 5, 1770, Attucks was the first significant casualty of the Boston Massacre—a deadly riot that began as a street brawl. Attucks is widely regarded as the first person killed in the bloody slaughter. The thing is, the moment inevitably resulted in American Revolution, which led to our nation’s independence. “First man to die for the flag we now hold high was a Black man,” said Stevie Wonder in the song “Black Man.” ... read more / view gallery »
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