adidas CMO Eric Liedtke and Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WEST
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Kanye West’s big deal

He signs footwear and clothing contract with adidas Jesse Owens brought fame to the company By Frederick H. Lowe Adidas, the German sportswear company that supplied Jesse Owens with track shoes that helped him win four gold medals– a record at the time—during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, has signed a long-term agreement with Kanye West, the rapper, clothes designer, outspoken […]

A black man was taught Jack Daniel how to distill whiskey

Jack Daniel’s Distillery gives a wider embrace to Nearis Green, its black distiller

When tourists travel to Lynchburg, Tenn., to visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, many of them will hear for the first time the true story of Nearis Green, an enslaved black man, who taught Jasper “Jack” Daniel how to distill whiskey, putting the company on the road to becoming an iconic international brand. Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the nation’s oldest registered distillery, […]

Matthew Henson, the first American to step on the North Pole

Matthew Henson, a black man, became the first American to set foot on the North Pole

by Frederick H. Lowe One hundred and seven years ago this month, an American set foot on the geographic North Pole. Although  U.S. Navy Commander Robert E. Peary at one time had been solely honored for this accomplishment, Matthew A. Henson, a black man and the most-important member of Peary’s expedition team, was the  first American to achieve this  honor, […]

President Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to tap William T. Coleman for the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice should Thurgood Marshall's confirmation fail.
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LBJ wanted William T. Coleman should Thurgood Marshall’s nomination fail

  No one even ventured to guess who President Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to replace Thurgood Marshall should U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee quash Marshall’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Come on, guys! LBJ had tapped William T. Coleman, Jr. a black Republican from Pennsylvania. President Johnson thought Coleman might do better before the Judiciary Committee. Many of the committee’s […]

Reconstruction in the South meant black men could vote.

We have a winner

  NorthStar News Today.com and Blackmansstreet.Today reader Larry Delano Coleman posted the correct answer in response to last week’s question about Reconstruction. Reconstruction began in 1865 and ended in 1877 when President Rutherford B. Hayes as part of a compromise with southern states to win the presidency agreed to withdraw federal troops stationed in the region to protect the rights […]

Lonnie Bunch, welcomes guests to the museum's special ceremony. Photo: Cheriss May, Howard University News Service
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Hundreds Celebrate as Nation’s African American Museum Nears Completion

  by Savannah Harris Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Howard University News Service WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of people gathered at an inaugural event for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Monday night to celebrate the completion of the museum’s exterior in a year that marks three significant moments in American history. This […]

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  John Head Author John Head hit the nail on the head with his 2004 book, Black Men and Depression: Saving Our Lives, Healing Our Families and Friends. Head, a 1999-2000 Fellow in the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Program in Atlanta, writes about mental illness and depression, subjects that at the time were little discussed among African-American men. The […]

Samuel Burris, a member of the Underground Railroad, was pardoned Monday by Delaware's governor
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  Delaware governor pardons black abolitionist African Americans who sought to escape slavery were called mentally ill by Frederick H. Lowe Delaware Gov. Jack Markell on Monday pardoned black abolitionist Samuel D. Burris, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, 168 years to the day he was convicted and sentenced to prison and to servitude for helping black men and women […]

Breast cancer among black women
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Minority Women Get Worse Breast Cancer Care, Regardless of Tumor Type: Study

  Black or Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed later, go without recommended treatments By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay News — No matter the type or stage of breast cancer, minority women are more likely to be diagnosed later in the disease than white women, and they are also less likely to receive recommended treatments, a new study […]