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Bill Costen: Black Balloonist with a Love of Youth

Bill Costen, received the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Balloon Federation of America on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Dream a World Anew' by the National Museum of African American History & Culture

While it’s true that familiar names are everywhere in this book — Wheatley, Turner, Douglass, Truth, Tubman — readers will also be absolutely treated to stories and mini-biographies from regular people throughout history.

Olympic Champion Helps Push Comcast Internet Essentials

She's endorsed such companies and products as Glaxo Wellcome, Honda, Nike, McDonald's, Avon and 7-Up. But for Jackie Joyner-Kersee, there's a sense of extra excitement for her new assignment as national spokesperson for Comcast Corporation's Internet Essentials program.

All-Women Gym Brings Community Together

Monica Williams noticed that many women in her neighborhood had no where to exercise, so she decided to do something about it. Her passion for fitness and kids collided when she started GirlFit Workout Studio in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, last ...

World Music Star Kidjo Radiates at Strathmore

It's easy to understand why Angelique Kidjo was once dubbed "Africa's premier diva."

Literary Giant Sterling Brown Remembered

D.C. native Sterling A. Brown, often called the "Father of African-American Literature" and the "Dean of American Negro Poets," will be the focus of a conversation about his lasting contributions, his life and his work at a symposium sponsored by ...

'Star Trek' Marks 50th Anniversary

As the iconic science fiction franchise "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th anniversary, America is in many ways living in a Star Trek world.

One-Man 'Satchmo' Show Captivates

How exciting can an 80-minute, one-man act be? Very.

Hollywood Still White Boys Club: Study

If one wants to build the prototypical Hollywood film, you would start with a white, heterosexual, able-bodied male lead, a new study confirms.

Black Voters 'Shortchanged' by Obama Presidency, Says Diddy

Rapper and business mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs insisted this weekend that Black voters "hold our vote" this upcoming election until a candidate makes issues for Blacks a priority in the campaign, adding that Black voters who put President Barack Obama ...

Baltimore's 'Boys of Dunbar' Celebrated in New Book

In the early 1980s, Dunbar High School in Baltimore enjoyed one of the most successful basketball programs in the nation, featuring a roster adorned with future NBA stars. Now, author Alejandro Danois has captured their tale in a new 246-page ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Elizabeth and Michael' by Donald Bogle

In a friendship that many called "flat-out weird" but actually does make sense, few others had so much in common as Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson.

A New Generation Reflects on the Genius of James Baldwin

The prolific and prophetic author James Baldwin first published a collection of essays in 1963 titled "The Fire Next Time," compiling his thoughts about a year in American history that included Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech ...

African Art Through the Eyes of Matisse and Picasso

Black history is being retold as South Africa hosts as a first-time exhibit devoted to famed 20th-century painters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, showcasing how the continent inspired some of their most influential artwork.

'Hands of Stone' Scores a Knockout

Finally a smart team of creative people tells the story of a Latino sports figure.