DuSable Museum Celebration The DuSable Museum of African American History will hold Founders Day 2015 celebrating the birthday of Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, the museum’s co-founder, on Sunday, Nov. 1. Dr. Burroughs was born Nov. 1, 1917. Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun will be the guest speaker. Margaret Goss Burroughs and her husband Charles Burroughs founded the museum[Read More…]


  Delta Blues Museum receives $100,000 grant Museums of America on Monday awarded a $100,000 grant to the Delta Blues Museum that will allow the museum to complete the final design for its new permanent exhibits. The permanent exhibit will enable visitors to the Clarksdale, Mississippi, museum to explore issues of race, class and place through the blues and its[Read More…]

Jacob Lawrence Collection Gifted to Stanford University

  Large collection of works by African-American artist Jacob Lawrence is now housed at Stanford University Lawrence was dedicated to telling the story of African Americans in the United States By Rosemary Eng Stanford, California— Our country’s history is not truly American unless the story of African Americans is interwoven in it, believed Jacob Lawrence, one of the most prolific[Read More…]

George Shirley’s Encore

  George Shirley, the first African-American tenor and the second black man to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will be awarded the 2014 National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama on Thursday during a White House ceremony. Shirley, who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 18,[Read More…]

New Book about Thurgood Marshall

  Books Prolific author Wil Haygood will discuss his new book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” at 7 p.m., Monday, September 21, at Howard University Law School. The event is sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation: A World of Black Writers, which is based in Washington, D.C. Sheryll Cashin, former clerk to Justice Marshall will[Read More…]

“Straight Outta Compton” Goes Straight to the Top in Ticket Sales

    Box Office Mojo, which keeps tabs on movie-ticket sales, reports that “Straight Outta Compton” is a straight out hit. The movie about the 1980s gangsta rappers Niggas With Attitudes, now known as N.W.A, reported opening weekend ticket sales of $60.2 million at 2,757 screens, a remarkable $21,835 per screen. The weekend take more than doubled the $25 million[Read More…]

Bill Cosby Isn’t Laughing

  For comedian Bill Cosby, it’s no longer a laughing matter. Cosby swore in a 2005 deposition that he drugged a woman with Quaaludes before having sex, according to news reports. The comedian, who was 38 or 39 at the time, admitted that he got the Quaaludes because he wanted to have sex with the woman, an unnamed employee of[Read More…]

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