Pam Grier and Jessye Norman Win Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. DuBois Medals

September 26, 2016

Actress Pam Grier and opera soprano Jessye Norman win Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honoring, they have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture. Grier and Norman will be honored at the fourth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 6. Other medalists this year include hip hop artist and activist Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, writer and producer David Simon and the 1966 Texas Western Miners…

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Obama Celebrated New African-American Museum, which a Powerful Place Tells ‘Story of All of us’

September 24, 2016

Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men. The country’s first black president, Obama was scheduled to preside over an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was built on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument. “The thing about this museum…

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Justin Timberlake apologized for tweet after backlash

July 2, 2016

Timberlake tweeted Sunday that he was inspired after Williams spoke passionately about racism and social injustice. A responder tweeted to Timberlake: “Does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture?” NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake, who praised actor-activist Jesse Williams’ moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet claiming he appropriates black culture. Timberlake responded: “The more you realize that we…

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BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

June 28, 2016

Sheila E., jamming on the drums and guitar, singing and dancing without shoes, closed the three-hour-plus show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with “Let’s Work,” ”A Love Bizarre,” ”The Glamorous Life,” ”America” and more. She was joined by “Purple Rain” actor Jerome Benton and Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who danced alongside the background dancers throughout the set. They ended by raising a purple guitar in the air as…

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