Have you heard of Solomon Linda? I used to work in a pizza joint that played nothing but ‘60s songs, day and night. And though “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” came on over the speakers at least once during my workday, I had no idea of its complicated origin.
She was the first woman elected to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a body founded in 1957 that investigates and reports on issues pertaining to civil rights.
If, when you first wake up in the morning, before you even put your clothes on or get into the shower, you have to take a few sips of this liquid black gold, you might be aware of the dangers of addiction.
There’s nearly nothing as contentious as the origins of rock and roll. It’s on par with did Jesus exist? Who killed Kennedy? and If a tree falls in the forest, did it ever make a sound?
I never learned how to drive stick, but many people swear by it. A fact that I was embarrassed by for years. Luckily I’m not alone. Only 3% of Americans actually know how to drive manual gear shift.
I live in Harlem. Not sure if I brag about that enough. But I can’t help it really. This place is the home, the heart, of one of the greatest movements in American history, The Harlem Renaissance, then called “New Negro Movement”.
I don’t care how much you hated the subject in high school. Studies show, most people did. Well, not math, per se, but being frustrated in general.
One of the first actresses to break ground in film, TV, and stage, looked white. If that isn’t irony enough, she wished she looked black, so that she could take on more roles that suited who she was, ethnically.
Did you know Paul Robeson was a Rhodes Scholar, and played professional football while attending Law School at Columbia?
New York, NY. The art of Warhol, Basquiat, Lichtenstein abide here. I’m a bit biased because I am currently a New Yorker.
Diamonds are everyone’s best friend. From rappers, to brides, to just the guy down the street. Gold, platinum, rubies…whatever you have to dig from the earth in order to sell, these are things that go for ridiculous prices in auction houses across the world.
There is a fierce battle for the throne of “inventor of tools” that has been waged for generations between Kenya and Ethiopia. And this was something I never even really thoughts about as a kid.
On my birthday last year, May 18, in case you were unaware, a Basquiat painting sold for $110,500,000 at Sotheby’s, becoming the most expensive painting sold at auction for an American.
Jack Johnson was so bold, so critical of the politics and racism he saw in the society he called his own, he openly dated white women.
She was born into slavery. She gained freedom and started a furniture store. She invented the fold-away bed and dove into the history books.
I stood there, in front of one of my greatest and most influential idols, just in tremendous reverence and fanboy awe. This woman whose work I’d grown up reading.
If you were like me, as a kid, you got chalky as a blackboard. My…
Unique Script. We’ve all heard of different writing types–Greek, Arabic, Germanic. But have you heard…
Some may look at “Rapper’s Delight” and the Sugarhill Gang as the origin of Hip Hop. Many won’t even know who they are. But if you grew up during the Golden Age of Hip Hop, you’re one of the lucky ones…
For the final day of Black Excellence, I chose my father. It may sound sappy, but he helped give me the enthusiasm and appreciation for art, in all its forms, and a pride in myself, something that I think most people would love to have gotten from their fathers