Happy Black History Month, everyone! Here’s how you can help shut down the ignorant haters, just like John Boyega, or celebrate with the rest of the internet.
Black History Month has come and gone and this past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma. But we still have a long way to go.
Everything happens when you have limited internet access for a week. We’ll get to the disaster that was the Oscars after some news.
This past week wasn’t a great week for people of color. There were some highs, but there were a lot of lows.
Lots of things to cover, so let’s just get right to it!
Hello, unicorns! Happy Friday. It’s time for another sampler platter of interesting news and entertainment updates, so let’s get started.
Gertrude Pridgett “Ma” Rainey is considered by many to be the Mother of the Blues. The Georgia-based African American singer became well known for her soulful, moaning vocals on many blues records in the 1920s, and she paved the way for other artists such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.
In 1992, as the science mission specialist for the space shuttle Endeavor, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to go into space. I feel at this point that I should give the disclaimer that moreso than any other of the amazing ladies we’ve discussed during Black History Month here at Persephone, I have […]
I originally pitched writing a sort of “History of Women in Hip Hop” post but couldn’t find my way as I wasn’t sure which route to follow. Then it dawned on me, I should write about the women in hip hop that I love most and why. I have been a rabid hip hop fan […]
On August 3, 1952, Ruby McCollum walked into the colored waiting room of Dr. C. Leroy Adams”™ office in Live Oak, [RubyMcCollum Headline] Florida. By the time she walked out and returned home, Dr. Adams had been shot three times in the back and once in the arm. A case that officials wanted to chalk up to a bill dispute quickly became a matter of something else, crossing into civil rights issues, “paramour”™s rights,” and mistreatment of the mentally ill.
Mildred Jeter was just 18 years old when she fell for Richard Loving, a 24-year-old bricklayer and friend of her older brothers. At the time, neither Richard, who was white, nor Mildred, who was of African American and Native American descent, realized that the state of Virginia banned interracial marriages.
I was excited when I was asked to contribute to our Black History Month coverage by writing about one of the women on our banner. I already knew who I would choose, because she had caught my attention from the first time I watched the slideshow that Ophelia added in the beginning of February: Charlotte […]
Marian Anderson was a sensation, fresh from a European tour and booked for 70 solo concert dates in 1938 alone. Securing a venue for an Easter 1939 concert in Washington, DC should have been a formality.
Since it’s February, a young lady’s mind will naturally drift to thoughts of Charles Darwin (his birthday is on February 12, by the by, so I hope you had some cake for him or something) and the contributions of black scientists.
Seventy-two years before Rosa Parks and the NAACP desegregated public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama, a 21-year-old teacher attempted to do the same in Tennessee ““ twice. You may have heard the name of Ida B. Wells Barnett, the journalist, suffragist, and founding member of the NAACP, but before she became one of the early twentieth […]