Venus and Serena Williams grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, California and were coached by their father from a very young age to win BIG. The sisters were playing in tournaments before their teens, but their father/manager pulled them from competition to finish their education. At the time, the decision was not […]

Quincy Delightt Jones, Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer and musician. He’s also a conductor, musical arranger, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter. His career spans five decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations,[2] 27 Grammys,[2] including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is particularly […]

The fight to end segregation was a three-pronged attack. The beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. evoked sympathy from the nation, the militant Malcolm X evoked fear, and Thurgood Marshall evoked the law. While King and X gave blacks the courage to stand up to segregation, it was Marshall who fought for these brave people […]

Russell Simmons is best known for being the Co-founder of Def Jam Records, and was a force behind the hip-hop revolution and launching the careers of such acts as the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Run-DMC. The entrepreneur and philanthropist was born in 1957 in New York City. Simmons left college to […]

The artistry leaps off the stage as black legs, brown arms and high-yellow bodies soar through the air in dances such as “Revelations.” At an Alvin Ailey performance it’s not quite clear what’s more beautiful: the black people on stage, or the ones in the audience swelling with pride and awe as they see people […]

You may know Sidney Poitier as the first black man or woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, but how many of his movies have you actually seen? Below is a list of his 10 best films, watch a few for the first time or watch them again and enjoy a true master […]

W. E. B. Du Bois, the African American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor, is most known for his pursuit of social justice and literary imagination. One of the best African American writers to date, Du Bois published over 1,000 essays and writings. Some standing the test of over 100 years and […]

written by @itsthecaptain Magic Johnson is in many ways the starting point guard for Black America. To really register this, you have to look outside of Los Angeles Lakers history and really go into his own personal story of life and experiences. This 6’9″ kid out of Lansing Michigan has dropped some serious dimes on […]

Michael Jackson‘s pop-culture defining “Thriller“ music video helped usher in the MTV era, yet the song itself isn’t even among his top 50 Billboard charting hits, according to Billboard. Below we list Jackson’s best charting hits of his almost mystical music career as determined by Billboard. The selections aren’t as obvious as it may seem. […]

Barack Obama, his story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family. Hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. Obama Named “Most Admired” In Gallup Poll With a father […]

Arguably the G.O.A.T. in the NBA, professional basketball player and entrepreneur, Michael Jordan was born February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn. Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. His father James confirms this, “What he does have is a competition problem. He was born with that…The person he […]

Before Deion Sanders called himself “Primetime,” before T.O. (Terrell Owens) had a reality show, there was Jim Brown. He was a stud on the football field, as a running back from the Cleveland Browns, and on screen as an action hero. He is considered the first black action star thanks to his roles in movies […]