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NBA Creates Annual Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award to Honor Player Activism
May 28, 2021
The award is named after six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has dedicated his life to the fight for equality. The recipient will have advanced Abdul-Jabbar’s mission to drive change and inspired others to reflect on injustice and take collective action in their communities over the previous year. ... read more »
Arizona State University Renames Film School to Honor Sidney Poitier
February 4, 2021
In an interview ahead of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School’s unveiling, University President Michael M. Crow said Poitier embodies everything that one would look for in an icon. “With Sidney Poitier, it’s his creative energy, his dynamism, his drive, his ambition, the kinds of projects he worked on, the ways in which he advanced his life,” Crow asserted, according to USA Today. ... read more »
A new generation of protest holds great promise for America
July 16, 2020
The inspiring rise of a new generation protesting against racial injustice is driving a new era of change in America, like the generation that emerged 60 years ago to build the civil rights movement of that time. ... read more »
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Pioneering Black NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Dies
February 27, 2020
Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering Black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101. ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: Jan. 31, 2020- Brought to you by Black365
January 31, 2020
Ernie Banks, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and first African American Chicago Cubs player, was born, 1931. ... read more »
‘Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson Turns 101
November 7, 2019
The renowned mathematician was instrumental in Alan Shepherd's 1961 journey to space. She also played a pivotal role in John Glenn becoming the first American to successfully orbit Earth one year after Shepherd’s flight. ... read more »
‘Moonlight’ Filmmaker Barry Jenkins to Direct Film about Choreographer Alvin Ailey
June 4, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Jenkins will direct a film based on the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey. A spokesperson for Fox Searchlight on Monday confirmed that the studio is developing the project, ... read more »
At 88, Toni Morrison Personifies the Strength of Black Womanhood
February 28, 2019
With each masterful stroke of her pen, typewriter or (later) her computer keyboard, Legendary author, Toni Morrison keeps readers of her works and listeners of her words spellbound. “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives,” she once said. ... read more »
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At 94, The Legendary Cicely Tyson Remains an ‘Optimist’
February 14, 2019
There isn’t a day – I’m grateful to say – that when I walk out of my doors, I don’t run into somebody who says, ‘I can’t tell you what you’ve done for me. ‘You changed my life,’” Tyson shared with TIME. “It just confirmed for me that I was on the right track and I stayed on the right track.” ... read more »
Frank Robinson, MLB’s First Black Manager and Hall of Famer Dies at 83
February 7, 2019
First-ballot Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who was Major League Baseball’s first Black manager, has died at the age of 83 after a prolonged battle with bone cancer. Robinson is one of the most groundbreaking figures in MLB history. He heavily impacted the integration of Black players into the league. Nearly a decade after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1946, Robinson broke into the majors earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1956 while playing for the Cincinnati Reds. ... read more »
Music and the Movement: The Lasting Legacy of the Queen of Soul
September 4, 2018
If you could choose one artist to embody the African American experience of the 20th century, it would have to be the incomparable Miss Aretha Franklin. ... read more »
Trump Considers Pardon for Ali, Wants Athletes’ Advice
June 14, 2018
Trump has been on a clemency kick of late, using his near-limitless power to pardon a growing list that includes a former White House aide, a conservative commentator and a former sheriff convicted of violating a judge's orders who campaigned with Trump in 2016. ... read more »
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