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5 Places To Visit in NYC if you want to learn more Black history

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5 Places To Visit in NYC if you want to learn more Black history

Historical landmarks and museum exhibits are some of the main ways we learn Black history. There are many around the United States that are dedicated to Black pioneers and heroes, such as Fred Hampton's Chicago home, Saint Elmo Brady's National Historic Chemical Landmark, and Rosa Park's statue in Montgomery, Alabama. Pieces of our history are still being acknowledged today; Ruth W. Whaley, the first Black woman to practice law in the state of North Carolina, was honored with a historical marker, a New Jersey Heritage Trail is in the works, and there was a recent unveiling of Dr. Mary McLeod's statue. In New York,...

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9 Black Owned Businesses That Deserve Your Support This Season

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9 Black Owned Businesses That Deserve Your Support This Season

Just about everyone loves to shop. Even if we leave the house with zero intention to spend money, a dollar somehow always manages to get spent. According to Sunmark Credit Union, the average daily spending by Americans of all ages is $164.55. Based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2020 alone the buying power of African-Americans rose to $1.6 trillion. In order to keep the Black dollar circulating in the Black communities, companies like WeBuyBlack stepped up! Now they are one of the largest online marketplaces connecting consumers to Black-owned businesses. These Black Ambition Prize winners created...

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Abolitionist Sojourner Truth

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Abolitionist Sojourner Truth

She dedicated her life to freedom! Many times, when we think of the ancestors who have paved the way, particularly in the area of abolitionists or civil rights leaders, they are promulgated as these larger-than-life figures. Their accomplishments were so critical to shaping American history that they almost seem ethereal. And while the gravity of their work and contributions should never be lost, we must remember that they too were human. They had lives, stories, tragedies, triumphs, feelings, and families; acknowledging all of that is vital to giving context to their work.  It was the values and experiences that shaped...

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8 Black Designers Who Changed Fashion History Forever

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8 Black Designers Who Changed Fashion History Forever

We have centuries of contributions to the fashion industry! It’s no secret that mainstream culture is Black culture and, more importantly, Black style is the foundation on which all things cool exist. Still, many would like to conveniently leave that part out, opting to rename our innate styles under newfangled terminology, but we will never forget. Fashion rockstars like Kanye West and the late, great, Virgil Abloh may seem like supernova stars, but the truth is that they exist because of a long line of fashion forefathers and matriarchs. Black fashion magic isn’t a new concept, and fashion mavens like...

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3 Young Black Girls Who Accomplished Extraordinary Things During The Pandemic

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3 Young Black Girls Who Accomplished Extraordinary Things During The Pandemic

Whitney Houston once said, “I believe the children are our future.” Well, today we’re going to prove her right by highlighting the three Black queens who achieved exceptional things over the pandemic: This North Carolina teen decided to meet her peers where they were at: online. Growing up, Alyssa Rambert felt as though the conversations surrounding Black history at school were redundant, the same figures continuously being mentioned without any new information. She was already moved by the efforts of trailblazers like Claudette Colvin, who became a civil rights advocate at 15, but in 2019 when Alyssa lost her cousin to...

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