The Obamas Land Lucrative Book Deal

  Soon the public will hear from the Obamas in their own words. The high-powered couple signed a book deal reportedly worth millions at Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House announced Barack and Michelle Obama will continue a longstanding partnership with the publisher. The house’s Crown imprint published former President Obama’s bestsellers, 1995’s Dreams from…

Sports and Politics: Do Professional Athletes and Leagues Have a Responsibility to Fans?

  Should professionals sports be considered private business endeavors, entertainment, or public platforms that can serve noble purposes such as social responsibility When it comes to league sports, we often hear from team owners assuring us that they are running business franchises. This is often the case when star players transfer between teams for various…

PBS’ Must-Watch Documentary Series: “Africa’s Great Civilizations”

  The documentary series, Africa’s Great Civilizations with Henry Louis Gates Jr., explores the cultural richness, impact and real history of Africa. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a long-time author and film documentary producer will walk us through the stages of how Africa became home to some of the greatest civilizations on earth. Gates Jr. is…

Rihanna: Singer, Actress . . . and Humanitarian of the Year

  Harvard University has named Rihanna as their 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. In honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, the award recognizes “prominent public-spirited leaders.” Past honorees include James Earl Jones, Kofi Annan, and Malala Yousafzai. Rihanna’s recognition is due to her extensive charitable work. S. Allen Counter, director of the…

Forgotten Figures of Black History: Anna Douglass and Claudette Colvin

  Anna Murray-Douglass and Claudette Colvin are little-known figures in African-American history, often being left out of narratives involving prominent contributions towards black liberation. Anna Murray-Douglass grew up in the 19th century as the first emancipated child to her newly-freed parents. While she played a pivotal role in American history, most of us know her…

Tiera Guinn: A “Hidden Figure” of the 21st Century

  The 2016 biographical film Hidden Figures celebrated the important contribution made by a group of young African-American women whose mathematical prowess supported the United States Apollo Space Program. The film has been a box office hit and has received critical acclaim. Thanks to Hidden Figures, the American public is paying closer attention to the…