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Tony winner Tonya Pinkins takes on directing role with one-act play

When you hear the name Tonya Pinkins, you probably think of the TV actress (she’s most well-known for her role on “All My Children”).
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PBS previews Maya Angelou documentary at Schomburg with Clintons as special guests

“A Rock, A River, A Tree…,” the first words of the poem “On the Pulse of Morning”, were written by actress, dancer, author, professor, activist and poet Maya Angelou. Angelou, who died in 2014, delivered them in front of a ...
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Malcolm X celebrated on the 52nd anniversary of his death

The community came together Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Washington Heights for the 52nd Memorial Anniversary Commemoration for Malcolm X.
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Bill Epton, a political activist and free speech advocate

A native of Harlem, Bill Epton was born Jan. 17, 1932, and if there is such a thing as a political prodigy, he may have been the prototype with his keen instinct for protest.
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First Black crew member to join International Space Station

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected astronaut Jeanette Epps to join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018
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Malcolm X: The price of freedom is death

Friday, Feb. 21, 1965 marks the day a hit squad of cold-blooded assassins aired out the Audubon Ballroom stage, expiring the physical life of Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, in full view of his ...
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Frederick Douglass, an alternative truth

Who was Frederick Douglass? More importantly, why does Frederick Douglass matter to today’s America? These questions are not merely rhetorical, as the recent controversy surrounding President Trump’s Black History Month statement illustrate.
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Ferdinand Lee Barnett, publisher, lawyer, civil rights activist

For several weeks I’ve been mulling over the idea of featuring a profile of the men behind famous women.
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Vicki Garvin was a revolutionary at home and abroad

During a recent trip to Ghana and beyond its stated purposes, I found it difficult not to think of the number of African-Americans who went there after Kwame Nkrumah came to power in 1957.
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The Harlem Hellfighters: African-American WWI heroes

In the World War I era, Jim Crow segregation laws were prominent throughout the United States in all segments of society, as well as during physical combat overseas.
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The inestimable genius of Benjamin Banneker

Three things brought to mind of the genius Benjamin Banneker. Last month Cyril deGrasse Tyson, the father of noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, died.
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Dr. King’s legacy revived

Practically every aspect of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—his dignity, optimism, determination, ministry, courage, sermons, admonitions, guidance, dedication, hope and even his literary prowess—was invoked by a number of elected officials and activists Monday at the National Action Network.
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Our hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Most Americans view Martin Luther King Jr. Day as just another day that is given off on the third Monday of every January,” said Fariza Manonva. Unfortunately, as the 10th-grade Brooklyn Bedford Academy High School student noted, too many “people ...
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Film legend and pioneer, Spencer Williams Jr.

When Black film pioneers are discussed, invariably Oscar Micheaux is mentioned. I’ve featured Micheaux in this column in the past, but one early actor and director who is rarely discussed is Spencer Williams Jr.
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Mattie Smith Colin from the Chicago Defender covered the Emmett Till tragedy

When you have a resourceful corps of colleagues and comrades, you can keep up with current events, stay abreast of breaking news and be in touch with your history and culture.
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