Paul Finkelman writes about on the historic election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States of America.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the long path that led to Sen. Barack Obama being declared President-elect.
An examination of the historic candidacy of Barack Obama within the context of the civil rights movement and the changing nature of black politics.
For Women’s History Month we turn to the AASC to englighten us about Women in Africa.
An excerpt from the AASC for black history month.
The enigmatic first wife of Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass (1813 – 1822) has been misunderstood and misrepresented by historians as well as by her husband’s associates since he first rose to fame in 1842. Her early life, including her birth, family and parentage, remain thinly documented.
A look at the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company.
An excerpt from the AASC about Kwanzaa.
A look at Jackie Robinson
Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues.
An introduction to the Negro Leagues and the AASC.
A profile of Gwendolyn Brooks.
Today we’ll look at the spoken word roots of hip hop by examining the life and career of one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time; Richard Pryor. Here is the entry on Richard Pryor from upcoming eight-volume ‘African American National Biography’.
In this post, we look at rapper Ice-T, and his influence on the development of hip hop. A prolific and outspoken Rap artist, Ice-T helped pioneer the ‘gangsta’ musical style, in which the turmoil of urban street life is exposed through blunt, explicit lyrics and a bass-heavy, fluid musical style.
Today we’ll look at the jazz roots of hip hop by examining the charismatic stage presence and dapper style of the great Cab Calloway. As a pioneer of the genre, Calloway was described by President Bill Clinton as a ‘true legend among the musicians of this century’ – and his legacy lives on today.
Today, we’ll look at one of the literary forerunners of the hip hop revolution; Iceberg Slim. Slim’s works are marked by a criticism of American justice, devotion to the politics of the Black Panthers, frank language, and a combination of violence and sexuality. They remain influential to this day.