Black icons

The late Ossie Davis and his wife Ruby Dee were one of Black Hollywood’s greatest love stories. The legendary, actor, author, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist was born Raiford Chatman Davis in South Georgia’s Clinch County on  December 18, 1917.  Raised in the rural south, Davis and his family faced severe discrimination and threats […]

Dr. Angela Davis remains one of the historic figures of the Black Power and civil rights movements. Although Dr. Davis transitioned from a revolutionary figure to an academic, she has remained true to her politics and aims for social justice. Davis was born January 26th, 1944 in Birmingham, Ala. Raised in the deep South, Davis […]

Araminta Ross, better known to history as the freedom fighter Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Maryland in 1822. She died free in 1913 at her compound in upstate New York. In the 90 years in between, Tubman cemented her place in history as a leader of the Underground Railroad, bringing more than 70 […]

Fans and supporters of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory are gathered in mourning today. The fiery social critic and public figure passed over the weekend, leaving behind a rich history of blazing trails for other Black comedians and outspoken thinkers. Richard Claxton Gregory was born October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. The […]

Oprah Winfrey recently opened up about her rough childhood, saying that being molested by relatives, and being raped and impregnated at 14 by her uncle, led her to consider suicide.   “I hit rock-bottom,” Winfrey said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “I became pregnant and hid the pregnancy. I’d intended to kill myself […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby doesn’t plan to testify when he goes on trial Monday on sexual assault charges, but the rambling, remarkable testimony he gave in the accuser’s lawsuit could still prove pivotal. The deposition from a decade-old sexual battery lawsuit, unsealed by a judge in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, […]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owners who restored Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in Kentucky and opened it as a museum say it may have to close because of financial difficulties. The pink home where Ali — known then as Cassius Clay — dreamed of boxing greatness has drawn more than 10,000 visitors since opening last […]

Harry Belafonte celebrated his 90th birthday on March 1, reaching a milestone age where many would be glad to relax and look back fondly on their achievements. However, the veteran entertainer, actor and activist is hardly resting on his laurels as he continues his global humanitarian work while using his fame to bridge generational gaps. […]

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a civil rights icon now. He has a monument in Washington, D.C., a federal holiday that we celebrate this week and is revered as a man who sought to bring a divided nation together. He is oft-quoted as the antithesis of the Black Lives Matter movement which […]

Star Magazine had Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham on its front page over the weekend with the headline “Dream Wedding! Celebrating 30 Years of Love.” Only problem…it wasn’t true. Nevertheless, the headline spread so far and so wide on Monday that Winfrey found herself bombarded with congratulatory messages from close friends who should’ve known better. That’s when […]

It appears that Oprah Winfrey has been designated the scapegoat for the for the Weight Watchers stock price downfall. As we reported in the Fall of last year, the entertainment mogul and Weight Watchers came together to work out a deal that netted Oprah a 10% stake in the company for $43.2 million. She also […]

As responses continue to roll in to Beyoncè’s “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance, it appears that at least one person has decided to do something about. An unknown individual has decided to stage a protest outside of NFL headquarters in New York City next week to protest what they called race-baiting and hate speech […]