History & Culture

How Celia Cruz Became the ‘Queen of Salsa’

Before Celia Cruz became known for her signature catchphrase, “Azucar,” she was just a young girl in Cuba absorbing the…

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Billie Holiday: How the Government Targeted the “Strange Fruit” Singer with Drug Arrests

In 1939, Billie Holiday rode the service elevator in a midtown Manhattan hotel on her way to sing on stage. Of…

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10 Things You May Not Know About Pelé

After Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup final to Uruguay, a 9 or 10-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, now better…

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10 Shirley Chisholm Quotes That Show Her Determination and Fortitude

Before Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton and others raised the bar for what Black and female politicians could accomplish…

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11 Powerful James Baldwin Quotes

James Baldwin was one of the leading voices of the civil rights movement. The author was born in 1924 in…

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The Unlikely Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune

For nearly three decades, educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, often called the “First Lady of the Struggle,”…

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9 Key Figures of the Harlem Renaissance

As the Great Migration of African Americans made its way north, New York City’s Harlem neighborhood became a vibrant hotspot…

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How Mary McLeod Bethune Became a Pioneer in Black Education

One of 17 children born to formerly enslaved people, Mary McLeod Bethune spent the first few years of her life picking cotton…

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How Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi Created the Black Lives Matter Movement

On July 13, 2013, a jury in Sanford, Florida acquitted George Zimmerman of murder charges after he’d shot a Black…

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Princess Diana’s Surprise Dance at the Royal Opera House

Like so many times before, Prince Charles and Princess Diana were sitting in their Royal Box at the Royal Opera…

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