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Dr. Bernice King: ‘Voting Is the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy’

Since 1986, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been observed by Americans, taking place on the third Monday in January. It is a day to celebrate the civil rights icon as he was an advocate for nonviolent protests during ...
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RNC plans to change rules to require candidates pledge not to participate in general election debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates

The Republican National Committee said Thursday in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates that it is prepared to "prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates" unless the commission makes a number of significant changes to its ...

Sidney Poitier, Oscar-winning actor and Hollywood's first Black movie star, dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, whose elegant bearing and principled onscreen characters made him Hollywood's first Black movie star and the first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, has died. He was 94.
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To sir, with love: Entertainers and activists pay tribute to Sidney Poitier

"Beautiful," "brilliant," "grace" and "elegance" are just a few of the words used by those who paid tribute Friday to the late Sidney Poitier, one of the greatest actors of the past century.
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How to stop Black people from meeting my cousin Emmett Till's fate

In 1955, Emmett Till, a Black boy who was just 14 and a mere five foot four inches tall, was kidnapped and brutally tortured by White men -- all for allegedly whistling at a White woman. Yet, more than six ...

Justice Department closes investigation into Emmett Till killing after failing to prove key witness lied

The Justice Department has officially closed its investigation into the infamous killing of Emmett Till without federal charges for a second time, leaving only more questions after a potentially significant claim from one of the last living witnesses led investigators ...
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HMAAC Opens April Frazier’s Frame of Reference Installation

The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is delighted to present April Frazier’s Frame of Reference Installation, December 3, 2021 through March 5, 2022.
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Remembering Legendary Jazz Trumpeter, Burgess Gardner

Legendary Trumpet Virtuoso Burgess Gardner, a composer and former educator, passed away peacefully on Saturday November 20, 2021 at the age of 85. Burgess was a longtime Chicagoan and retired principal in the Chicago Public school system.
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Visionaries Art League Gala

The Art League of Houston has been a fixture in the Houston art community for over 30 years. It is also responsible for art classes taught by art professionals, exhibits, and public art installation. Recently, implosion house. Also, the Texas ...
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The MFAH Has Appointed Anita Bateman as Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

A curator and art historian in the fields of modern and contemporary African art and art of the African diaspora, Dr. Bateman will focus on developing exhibitions and defining and expanding the Museum’s long-term collection goals
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Travis Scott Announces 2021 Astroworld Festival Lineup Feat. Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, SZA, Lil Baby, Earth, Wind & Fire & More

Texas-born, GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum hip-hop artist and business mogul, Travis Scott has just announced the full music lineup for his third annual Astroworld Festival. In celebration, Scott has also released a very limited number of additional tickets to the event, ...
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Black Panther Actress Passes Away at 95

As soon as you saw her on the big screen, it was like she was destined to play royalty. Dorothy Steel was 95-year-old actress who died Friday morning at her home in Detroit. “She went out strong,” her publicist said. ...
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Chadwick Boseman fought to reestablish a fine arts department. It's now named after him

Chadwick Boseman's alma mater has officially renamed a building after him. Howard University placed the late actor's name over its fine arts building, a year after he died of colon cancer at age 43.
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Michael K. Williams, 'Wire' actor, found dead

Michael K. Williams, an actor best known for his role as Omar Little on HBO's "The Wire," has died. He was 54.
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Clinton College, a South Carolina HBCU, Offers Full-Time Students Free Tuition

Clinton College, a small historically Black college (HBCU) located in Rock Hill, South Carolina is offering all full-time students free tuition for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year reported Good Black News.
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