| Feb 28, 2014
| 2:24 PM
When my brother and I were growing up in the 1960s, my parents bought the book, “Great Negroes Past and Present.” Perfect for young readers, it was a survey of famous black folks in history. It sat on a shelf in my father’s study, and...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 7:38 AM
To celebrate the first day of Black History Month, Google is honoring Harriet Tubman, known for her work with the Underground Railroad.
Tubman was born a slave in Maryland but escaped to freedom and later led more than 300 other slaves to the north and...
| Dec 21, 2013
The sentiment is simple; making it reality often is not.
"If you give people a decent place to live, a good plate of food, treat them decently," Sheila Braxton says, "you won't find any bad people."
Braxton is the executive CEO of A Little Bit of...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:54 AM
She's already been on Fallon, Leno, Letterman and Colbert, and now First Lady Michelle Obama will make an appearance in the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's consistently adorable and increasingly popular counter-programming to the Super Bowl.
| Feb 11, 2014
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Harriet Tubman, the Marylander credited with leading hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, was honored with a Google Doodle today.
The Google search engine periodically uses an artistic interpretation of its logo, known as the...
| Feb 22, 2014
Though he was a man of the cloth, Charles Turner Torrey went out of his way to publicly mock his enemies and alienate his ever-dwindling supply of friends. He was always short of money. He abandoned — or at least, severely neglected — his wife...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 4:47 PM
As a player in the Black Power and civil rights movements of the 1960s, even at only 25 years old, Maulana Karenga was concerned about legacy. He wanted to leave behind something that would both celebrate the accomplishments of his people and challenge...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 9:05 AM
Women political leaders from the east and west came together in Washington D.C. this summer to advance women's roles in building sustainable peace as part of the women's leadership conference, "Women at the Tables of Power." This exchange between U.S....
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.
| Nov 1, 2013
| 2:30 PM
No joke about it: Russell Simmons is determined to celebrate more black comics. The hip hop artist and producer/co-creator of the HBO's former "Def Comedy Jam" series has created the ADD Comedy Live stand-up event every Wednesday at the Chinese Theatre'...