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Check out our Black History Play called “What If?” In celebration of Black History Month, we show what it would be like without Black people in the world! There would be no irons, combs, heater, a/c, dust pan, mop, clothes dryer, pencil sharpeners, pens and more! Check out this outstanding audio!

All weekend long cable viewers will be able to watch the Shaka Zulu marathon on BET’s Centric in remembrance of his legacy to African American and South African history and to militia groups worldwide. According to History.com, Shaka, founder of the Zulu Kingdom of southern Africa, was murdered on September 22nd, 1828 by his two half-brothers, Dingane […]

There will never be a debate about who the greatest basketball players to ever play the game without it starting with Michael Jordan. Even people who never watched basketball will say Michael Jordan, because his greatness transcended his sport. Jordan’s on-court accomplishments are something to marvel at, but how used his talent to make himself […]

Despite the rough nature of his sport, Muhammad Ali was one of the smoothest persons ever to walk the Earth. His poetic verse and well-considered metaphors came out a time during the 1960s when boxers were better known for punching than speaking. But Muhammad Ali did speak, and spoke intelligently – in a loud, boisterous […]

As a noted surgeon and scientist, Charles Drew was responsible for creating the technology to store blood for long periods of time. His lifelong concern for the necessary transport and storage of blood and plasma made him a pioneer in his field and a valued scientist in world history. Drew saved thousands of soldiers’ lives […]

If there is one person from history whose impact on the Black woman’s self-image rivals that of Oprah Winfrey, it is the hair mogul Madame C.J. Walker. Walker was the first successful Black female entrepreneur. Her insistence on involvement in both the business world and civic affairs predates Oprah’s story, and to the extent that […]

In 1940, one Black novelist dared to show America what white supremacy did to one Black man. When “Native Son” appeared on America’s bookshelves, it became an instant bestseller, the first title by an African-American author selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club. It also introduced the world to the complicated protagonist of “Native Son,” Chicago’s Bigger […]

As we continue our trip down memory lane throughout Black History Month, we stop to remember the cars that have transported us through the decades. Related: 25 Reasons We Love the Arsenio Hall Show Related: 25 Reasons We Love “Boyz N the Hood” Related: Top 9 Music Videos of the 2000s

No sport has been more celebrated in the black community than the game of basketball. From the gifted athletes, to the way the players transcended their sport and became celebrities for their athletic talents, basketball, if not America’s game, is black America’s game. Here are nine basketball players who made it so. Related: 25 Reasons […]

Ralph Ellison was the first novelist to portray the Black experience as a critical part of the American experience. His seminal novel, “Invisible Man,” was his only major work, but his letters, articles and fiction work established him as one of the most important writers in history. “Invisible Man” encapsulated the feelings of Black men […]

Mary McLeod Bethune, the daughter of slaves, became an early 20th Century educator and civil rights leader, founding both Bethune-Cookman College and the National Council of Negro Women. But Bethune became even more influential as a friend and confidant of Eleanor Roosevelt, and as an advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Negro affairs. Bethune […]