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How whiteness distorts the power of romance and nostalgia in ‘La La Land’ The film is proof of Hollywood’s historical struggle with black intimacy on the big screen

Stormy Weather, the 1943 movie musical starring Lena Horne and Bill Robinson, is supposed to be a romance. I say “supposed to” because no one would fault you if you watched Stormy Weather and came away a little confused about the fact that Selina Rogers (Horne) and Bill Williamson (Robinson) were mad about each other […]

HBO’s ‘How to Make It in America’ inspired a young writer to do the same For Cory Townes, it was time to break out of the mold of ‘normalcy’

Fortune favors the bold. What may be a simple, loose translation of a Latin proverb often affiliated with military camaraderie also doubles as the unofficial mantra of self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers everywhere. In a world where structure and normalcy often find themselves parallel to complacency and stagnation, it’s often those who decide to take their […]

Daily Dose: 2/24/17 Remy Ma is a national treasure

The week’s coming to a close, but don’t forget, The Morning Roast airs Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. If you’re cool, you’ll subscribe and leave a review. And if you’re even better, you’ll check out this week’s All Day Podcast. Bill Cosby caught a break today. The comedian whose life has been […]

On this day in black history: Lauryn Hill wins five Grammys, first African-American woman earns M.D. degree and more Black History Month: The Undefeated edition Feb. 24

1864 — First black woman in the United States receives an M.D. degree Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who graduated from the New England Female Medical College, became the first black woman in the country to receive an M.D. degree. From 1852 to 1860, she worked as a nurse in Massachusetts, and later became one of the […]

Don’t forget Dorothy Hoover, another hidden treasure once lost to black history She was a pure math whiz who also helped bring NASA into the aeronautics age as shown in the movie ‘Hidden Figures’

It would have been so easy for Dorothy E. Hoover to have remained hidden. When the 81-year-old woman died in a Maryland suburb just outside the nation’s capital 17 years ago, she was living alone. Neither her few acquaintances nor her neighbors had any idea whether she had any family. But to ensure Hoover received […]

The Clubhouse: Carmelo Anthony takes a stand A look back at summer 2016, when Melo decided to challenge himself and fellow athletes to speak up about police brutality

The title of captain on Team USA’s basketball team comes with some complicated connotations in today’s America. For Carmelo Anthony, the 2016 Olympics started as an opportunity to get back to winning and cement his legacy as one of the greatest Olympians of all time. But after troubling events involving police violence against young black […]