OPRAH HONORS BREONNA TAYLOR ON HISTORIC SEPTEMBER COVER OF O MAGAZINE

by Alisa Gumbs (Image: Alexis Franklin, courtesy of O magazine) Oprah Winfrey is honoring the life of Breonna Taylor by putting her on the cover of the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine—marking the first time in 20 years that Winfrey won’t grace the cover. “We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine,” Winfrey writes in her What I Know for Sure column. “I cry for justice in her name.” The cover illustration was created by a Black woman, 24-year-old digital artist Alexis Franklin. “When Breonna Taylor was killed, I couldn’t even try to shut it out. I was uncontrollably angry and hurt,” F

Kente Royal Gallery presents COVID19 / BLM  Group Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE: BLACK LIVES MATTER / BLACK ARTISTS MATTER / BLACK GALLERIES MATTER!!! After four months of quarantine, we are pleased to reopen our doors with a group exhibition which will last the entire month of August. We are extremely grateful for your support during this period of Coronavirus pandemic. As you know there are less than 1% of Black Owned Black Galleries in NYC and our very existence is an act of resistance. Coincidentally, it's also our first year anniversary so please stop by to enjoy the amazing Exhibition that we have curated for you. Please tell a Friend to tell a Friend. We can only have 10 people in the Gallery at any given time to comply with the rules of Social dis

Young, Black woman opens coffee and juice cafe in downtown Jackson

Written By Italiana Anderson, Mississippi Clarion Ledger 'When I saw how much Jackson had expanded since I graduated from Jackson State, I thought,  'Wow it's changed and it's inspiring me. I want to own a business here.'' Opening a restaurant during a pandemic can seem impossible. After placing orders for a cold pressed juice machine and the perfect furniture for the sitting area, Kenya MomPremier had no idea it would take two months for delivery due to coronavirus. Even though this hurdle deemed difficult to jump, MomPremier handled the opening of her first cafe with grace and grit. 'Living in the South, I found my love for nature' The Washington D.C. native and her family moved to Terry,

Dior partners with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo for a stunning new collection

By Allyssia Alleyne, CNN, Photo Credit: Courtesy Jackie Nickerson Dior partners with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo for a stunning new collection SHARE As creative director for Dior Men, Kim Jones has shown a flare for art world collaborations, teaming up with the likes of Raymond Pettibon, KAWS, Hajime Sorayama and Daniel Arsham to enrich his streetwear-meets-Savile Row collections and shows. The new wave of fine jewelers bringing African luxury to the world And now, he's added a new artist to the list, working with Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo to create one of the most talked-about collections of the Spring-Summer 2021 menswear season. Modeled by an all-Black group of models in a short fil

From Baggage Claim to VP of the Largest Black-Owned Private Airline in the World

Sherrexcia 'Rexy' Rolle may be the daughter of the owners of Western Air Limited, one of the most successful Black-owned airlines in the world, but she did not want to just watch it grow. At an early age, she wanted to be involved so she started out helping out with baggage claim. But now she is the company's Vice President of Operations and General Counsel. Since she was 12-years old, Rexy has worked together with her father Captain Rex Rolle, a professional pilot and flight instructor, and her mother Shandrice Rolle, an entrepreneur, in building their family's airline. At an early age, her parents equipped her with the necessary work ethics. She started out working as a baggage handler af

The Fight Against Racial Injustice Is A Caribbean Fight Too

THE SHARED HISTORIES BETWEEN THE CARIBBEAN AND THE UNITED STATES INFORM THIS MOMENT OF SHARED STRUGGLE AND SOLIDARITY AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY AND VIOLENT POLICE FORCES. The social unrest in the United States sparked by the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer has also set off protests around the world, including multiple islands across the Caribbean. While some have questioned why Caribbean nationals should concern themselves with American problems, there are definite parallels between the two regions. After all, it was in the Caribbean that the model of chattel enslavement as an economic system for profit generation and extraction was developed a

A Racial Awakening in France, Where Race Is a Taboo Topic

With an eye on the United States, children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean are bringing race into the public discourse, in a perceived challenge to France’s universalism. “When I consider both countries, I’m not saying that one country is better than the other,” said Maboula Soumahoro, who has lived in both France and the United States. “For me, they’re two racist societies that manage racism in their own way.”Credit...Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times Lire en françaisLeer en español PARIS — Growing up in France, Maboula Soumahoro never thought of herself as Black. At home, her immigrant parents stressed the culture of the Dioula, a Muslim ethnic group from Ivory Coast in W

BLACK WOMAN ATHLETE MAKES HISTORY, BECOMES THE FIRST TO OWN A SNEAKER COMPANY

Santia Deck, founder of TRONUS, has become the first female athlete to own a sneaker company. She also made history earlier this year when she signed a multi-million dollar deal to play in the forthcoming Women’s Football League Association (WFLA). That first-ever contract of its size for a woman playing American-style football helped solidify her unique personal brand – part athletic powerhouse, part social media stunner, all confidence. Her “Queen of Abs” moniker has become more of a mantra. As an athlete, Santia uses every platform she can to encourage people, especially young women, to aspire to the highest of heights with an almost royal level of confidence. She developed her own tenac

INTRODUCING THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN-OWNED SKATEBOARD COMPANY

Founded by artist Latosha Stone in 2013, the skateboarding lifestyle brand Proper Gnar is experiencing a precipitous rise in popularity and product orders following its recent feature on performing artist Beyoncé Knowles’ Black Parade Directory of Black Owned Businesses. Posted on Juneteenth 2020, the list of small businesses features entrepreneurs who use their Black excellence as a form of protest and activism. Additionally, Stone’s skateboards were recently featured on HBO’s TV show about skater girls called “Betty.” The underground brand’s new line of colorful, creative, and original skateboards average $55-$60 each and can be ordered on the company’s website along with the artist’s own

Why Basquiat’s Heads Are His Most Sought-After Works

By Shannon Lee Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat paints in St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1983. Photo by Lee Jaffe. Image via Getty Images. In the past few years, there’s been a discernible, record-breaking trend developing around Jean Michel-Basquiat’s depictions of heads. In 2017, his canvas Untitled (1982) sold for an astounding $110.4 million at a Sotheby’s evening sale. At the time, it was the sixth-biggest sale ever made at auction and catapulted Basquiat into art-world immortality as the most expensive American artist ever sold on the secondary market. Japanese e-commerce billionaire Yusaku Maezawa quickly revealed himself as the buyer and sent the work on a global museum tour that started

The Real Story of Black Martha’s Vineyard

Beyond the beautiful beaches and glitzy galas, Oak Bluffs is a complex community that elite families, working-class locals and social-climbing summerers all claim as their own. Archival photos courtesy of the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Teletia R. Taylor and descendants of Geraldine A. Taylor, Proprietor: “Taylor’s Playfair.” All other photos by Christine Sargologos. Elizabeth Gates was 12 the first time she snuck out of her family’s summer house. From the balcony of their white antebellum home, Gates could hear Biggie rap lyrics pulsing through her window, and she quietly made her way down to the beach where a mass of pe

Rebels With a Cause: What History’s Forgotten Black Women Teach Us About Ourselves

No image of Henrietta Wood survives today, but her story is recorded in court filings, including the verdict slip above. (Illustration by Cliff Alejandro; Source material: W. Caleb McDaniel; NYPL / Smithsonian) Upon winning her case, Wood secured $2,500—equivalent to $65,000 today. She was able to provide a life for her and her son, using some to send him to law school. Wood continued to tell her own tale to many newspapers at the time. The story of Henrietta Wood lives in W. Caleb McDaniel’s 2019 book, Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution. There are other rebels kept in the plain sight of recent scholarship. In 2019, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Ow

Wounds of Dutch history expose deep racial divide

Some 50,000 people took part in demonstrations early last month Bronze statues of colonial icons have been spray-painted. Black Lives Matter protests have broken out. And now the Dutch parliament has backed a petition by three teenage women requesting the addition of racism to the school curriculum. Winds of change are swirling around the cobblestones of The Hague. Faced with a strong colonial past and a legacy of slavery, the Dutch are being asked to take a more impartial look at their history. "We're still a very white nation," says Mirjam de Bruijn, an anthropologist at Leiden University. "Our colonial legacy is visible every day in our streets. There's an inherent racism and acceptance o

Heartbreaking Cases Where Land Was Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder

White farmers known as White Caps, angered by the prosperity experienced by successful Black farmers, often used violence and intimidation to force African-Americans off their land. The Brookhaven Leader newspaper reported at the time that Eli Hilson of Lincoln County, Mississippi, got a warning on Nov. 18, 1903, when White Caps shot up his house just hours after his new baby was born. Hilson ignored the warning. A month later, the 39-year-old farmer was shot in the head as he drove his buggy toward his farm, the newspaper said. The horse trotted home, delivering Hilson’s body to his wife, Hannah. She struggled unsuccessfully without her husband to raise their 11 children and work the 74-acr

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, dead at 59

By Jack Guy and Brent Swails, CNN (CNN) Zindzi Mandela, South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Monday. "Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right. She served South Africa well," Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations, said in a short statement Monday morning. Zindzi Mandela pictured with father Nelson in 1992. The department said it was still gathering information on the cause of Mandela's death and expects

Meet the Only Black Woman in the U.S. Who Owns Her Own Bank

Meet Kiko Davis, the majority owner and stockholder of Detroit-based First Independence Bank, one of the top 10 largest Black-owned banks in the United States. This makes her the only Black woman in the country who owns a bank. During a 2018 interview with Rolling Out, she said that what makes her unique as an African American female leader is her ability to genuinely connect with people and inspire a culture of synergy. "It’s a God-given talent that comes naturally," she said. "People tend to lend the very best of themselves when they feel leaders are passionate about them and their environment." Her inspiration Kiko says that she is greatly inspired by Shirley Chisolm, the first Black cong

Black Female Psychologist Creates First Ever Therapy Card Deck For Women of Color

Ebony Butler, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Food Relationship Strategist who is also the creator of My Therapy Cards- the first card deck and self-help tool of its kind created to help women of color work through self-limiting beliefs and habits keeping them from developing into their highest selves. Dr. Ebony is a visionary and teacher who has made it her mission to help women of color heal and thrive in the areas of trauma and diet recovery. Her card deck not only provides support for self-discovery but is a complete guide for addressing key mindset blocks, ineffective habits, and ineffective coping skills. In fact, the cards provide gentle support to women as they lean into the vu

The Sculptor Who Persisted: "He Almost Whipped All the Art Out of Me"

In 1939, a new art gallery opened in Harlem in New York City. It was called the Salon of Contemporary Negro Art, and it was the brainchild of Augusta Fells Savage, a talented sculptor who had faced obstacles due to her sex and race at every turn. Savage was the first African American woman to open her own art gallery in America, and she hoped her Salon would give black artists a place to exhibit their work, free from the prejudice that kept them — and her — out of the mainstream art world. "We do not ask any special favors as artists because of our race," she said to the 500 people who attended the gallery's opening. "We only want to present to you our works and ask you to judge them on thei

Berlin changes name of train station derogatory of Black people

Berlin Germany, Black Lives Matter After years of agitation by Black activists and their German supporters, a Berlin underground train station will be renamed. According to the management of the Berlin public transport authorities (BVG), the “U-Bahnhof Mohrenstrasse”, the station on Line U2 of the city’s metro network, will be changed to “U-Bahnhof Glinkastraße”. The decision, announced on Friday, came as Black Lives Matter protests are leading to the toppling of colonial and slavery monuments in the US and several European countries. “Out of understanding and respect for the sometimes controversial debate about the street name, the BVG has now decided not to continue using it for the subwa

Police Were Created To Catch Runaway Slaves And Protect White Society From Black Revolts

Once you understand that the foundation and historical roots of American Police was to keep ‘White’ people safe from ‘Black’ people and to protect colonial slave labor investments then you’ll understand why black lives have not, and will never matter to American Police. Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property. – Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D. According to in-depth look at Police History by SAGE Publications, “The History of the Police“, “Slave patrols first emerged in South Carolina in the early 1700s, but historical documents also identify the existence of slave patrols in

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