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Celebration of Black Culture

CBCF President Aims High

A. Shuanise Washington has always aimed high, setting her sights on accomplishing some of the lofty goals that she and others have established for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Northwest-based nonprofit public policy, research and educational organization.
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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”
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Rosa Parks Collection Heads to Library of Congress

Hundreds of items that belonged to the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks will be housed for the next 10 years at the Library of Congress.
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A Passion for Fashion: Anacostia Designer Jarmal Harris Stitches Together a Successful Career

Creativity, ingenuity and a desire to help others are the foundations on which D.C. fashion designer Jarmal Harris has built his career.
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Kevin Durant Gets Assist from Dick Gregory for Shoe Launch

Kevin Durant, coming off a career year which culminated in his first league MVP, celebrated the launch of his new signature Nike shoe — with a little help from his friends.
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Africa Underground Spotlights Kenya

The sweet sounds of Mombasa music and other uniquely Kenyan songs played by Jabali Afrika in the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden captured listeners' attention.
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Ruby Dee, Famed Actress and Activist, Dies

Legendary actor and civil rights activist Ruby Dee died Wednesday in her New York home. She was 91.
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Memorial Service for Maya Angelou Will Be Shown Live Online Saturday

A memorial service for world-renowned poet and author Maya Angelou will be held Saturday at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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BET's Centric Network to Air Marian Anderson Doc

BET's Centric network will air a documentary celebrating the life and career of legendary contralto Marian Anderson, the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Maya Angelou's Love of Life, Talent Remembered

Friends and colleagues lauded the late Maya Angelou, who danced, acted, belted out songs, penned soaring poetry and captivating novels that chronicled some of the horrors of her young life and her ability to rise above circumstances that might have ...
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Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years

The past 100 years for people of color have been moving at the speed of light. I have identified a few of my favorite Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years.
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3 Black-Owned Natural Hair And Beauty Brands That You Should Know

With the emergence of the natural hair movement and the infiltration of black beauty icons in mainstream media, came the proliferation of black-owned business with a purpose. Ones that used all natural ingredients, employed each other and sought to create ...
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5 Black Fashion Icons Who Influence Our Style

As black women continue to make strides in music, media and beauty, it’s worth noting that, in the process, their fashion sense serves to inspire our own style. Here are 5 black fashion icons that do this exactly right, every ...
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How to Redefine What It Means to be Beautiful

"Beautiful" - adjective - pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.
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The Message in the Natural Hair Movement

"It's just hair." This is what people say who try to convince themselves that their hair doesn't somehow speak for them. As if its style, color and texture don't speak volumes about their personality, creativity, or disposition in general. While ...
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