As we celebrate the monumental achievements of civil rights activist
Martin Luther King, Jr., check out Congressman John Lewis’s memoir, March. Lewis, a lifelong civil rights leader who marched with MLK, co-wrote the
book, which was published in August 2013 during the 50th Anniversary of
the March on Washington. In it, Lewis describes his first-hand, graphic account of the Jim Crow days and segregation.
On the eve of her 50 birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a
White House event, along with her husband, to tackle education policy
and encourage colleges and organizations to recruit low-income students
Record producer turned entrepreneur Andre Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre,
has teamed up with AT&T to launch Beats Music, a music streaming
subscription service. Beginning January 21, customers can get the service for $14.99 a month, exclusively through AT&T.
At a recent gathering for Phi Beta Sigma’s Centennial Founders Day gala,
actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, a new member of the
fraternity, announced his new initiative, Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, aimed at ending oppression and
violence towards women around the world.
Economically depressed communities across America may be getting a
much-needed boost – and soon. Last week, in an effort to combat income
inequality, President Barack Obama announced his plans to invest in
Amiri Baraka, like his name, was a blessed prince, and he loomed like a
colossus over the Black arts movement, excelling in practically every
literary expression—as a poet, playwright, novelist, historian,
journalist, and essayist. One of the most versatile writers in America,
Baraka died Thursday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, where he was born
and lived most of his life. He was 79.