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The National Day Of Racial Healing

Just five days before inauguration of Donald Trump as the country's 45th President, millions of Americans on January 15 will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For many, memories of the civil rights icon revolve around...Show More Summary

President Obama Pardons MLB Great Willie McCovey For Tax Evasion

Willie McCovey just got an intentional pass. President Barack Obama granted the San Francisco Giants’ Hall of Fame power hitter clemency for tax fraud on Tuesday, USA Today reported. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to President...Show More Summary

Watch The Obamas' Cute Playdate With The Kids Who Received Their Swing Set

After donating their daughters’ swing set, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama got to see just how much happiness the gift brought its new owners. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Obamas visited the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter, the shelter that received the swing set, in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Martin Luther King III Says Meeting With Trump Was 'Very Constructive'

Martin Luther King III held a private meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, The son of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower after the meeting that he and Trump spoke mostly...Show More Summary

Serena Williams Gracefully Shuts Down Reporter's Critique Of Her Game

Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of our time. So after she wins a match, maybe don’t call her “scrappy.” Unfortunately, that’s what one Australian reporter did after Williams defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4 at the Australian...Show More Summary

What Will You Do If Donald Trump Deports Me?

Video streaming tools like Facebook LIVE will help expose and document Donald Trump’s mass deportation tactics (Art by: Laura McInerney | @itwaspluto) We are just days until Donald Trump is sworn in as our next president and the fate...Show More Summary

Touching Animation Recounts Story Behind Obama’s 'Fired Up, Ready To Go' Chant

It was one of those rainy days, when nothing seems to be going the way it’s supposed to go, when Barack Obama first heard the chant “Fired up, ready to go.” He was speaking to a small crowd along the primary campaign trail in Greenwood, South Carolina, in 2007. Show More Summary

I Never Knew Saying Goodbye Could Be So Hard

It was 2008 and I laid in my dorm room bed watching my television screen hoping, praying, wishing, that the next day would be a new day in America. I’d never dreamed that a Black man could be president of the United States, nor did I believe that it could happen in my lifetime. Show More Summary

What Gloria Steinem & BETTY's Alyson Palmer Want Women To Do At 1:00 On 1/21

My son and I recently attended indie rock trio BETTY's annual holiday show at City Winery, which included a powerful spoken word performance by feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Loyal fans and followers filled the New York City venue, and...Show More Summary

#BackChannel: Black Popular Culture Prepares for a Trump Presidency

As Black Popular Culture wrestles the influence of a new President, State of Things host Frank Stasio talks with Natalie Bullock Brown, professor of film and broadcast media at St. Augustine's University and Mark Anthony Neal, professor...Show More Summary

Still Stressed Out About The Election? You’re Not Alone.

Although the presidential election ended 71 days ago, more than 1 in 3 Americans continue to experience inner turmoil over the outcome. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 35 percent of those polled say Trump’s election has increased their normal stress level. Show More Summary

Janelle Monáe, Maxwell Among Performers At Women's March On Washington

Janelle Monáe and Maxwell have joined the list of guest performers at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. The event, which is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., is aimed to “send a message to all levels of government and...Show More Summary

Why We Shouldn't Mourn The Obamas' Departure From The White House

Today, on President Obama’s last full day as President of the United States, some Americans are in a state of mourning. There’s a huge sense of loss for many Obama fans who are now staring down the next four years under a Trump administration. During his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. Show More Summary

Asians Showed Love to Blacks On Dr. King Day... And A Black Girl Reached Back

Something extraordinary happened at the Martin Luther King Jr. event I attended last night. It was organized by Pray Chicago, a movement that is trying to get churches from all 77 neighborhoods in the city to act as one body. Well, an Asian pastor got up to read an excerpt of Dr. Show More Summary

Chrisette Michele Is Performing At Inauguration And Folks Aren't Happy

Singer Chrisette Michele has confirmed via an “Open Letter” on Twitter that she will be performing at President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Without directly referencing the ceremony, Michele confirmed speculation that began...Show More Summary

Designers Handwrite The Words We All Wish We Could Say To FLOTUS

While we’ve sat behind our computer screens bidding adieu to the incomparable Michelle Obama by way of crying GIFs on Twitter, some of her favorite designers were busy thanking her the old-fashioned way. Mrs. Obama’s influence in the fashion industry is unparalleled. Show More Summary

Trump’s Eyebrow-Raising Reason For Not Asking Kanye To Perform At Inauguration

The way Kathie Lee needed Regis is the way Donald Trump needs Yeezus ? but he’s not going to get him. With the president-elect’s inauguration committee seemingly having such a tough time locking in major talent for Friday’s big events, you’d think they’d be begging for West to make an appearance. Show More Summary

As Obama Leaves Office, He Revisits Those Who Helped Him Along The Way

President Barack Obama isn’t just saying goodbye to the White House ? he’s also taking time to revisit many of those who were there for the journey to the top. Obama kicked off his farewell tour in December 2016 with an appearance on “The Axe Files,” a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to the president. Show More Summary

Left of Black S7:E11: “Are We Free?” -- Kyle Abraham Talks Dance as Protest

Left of Black S7:E11: “Are We Free?” -- Kyle Abraham Talks Dance as Protest On this episode of Left of Black Award winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham talks with host Mark Anthony Neal about his work When the Wolves Came In,...Show More Summary

Friends Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) & Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) on Their Breakout Year

Actors and friends Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry with Spin-off host Michael Schneider (C) ' Actors Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry first met a decade ago in New York, when they were both playing drag queens in a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Show More Summary

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