Explore articles and videos of some of the most prominent African Americans who have made Black History what it is today. Learn about the firebrand abolitionists Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth; the political philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; the imagination and intellectualism of James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou; the trailblazing music of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross and Tina Turner; the entertainment of Josephine Baker, Richard Pryor and media giant Oprah Winfrey; the legislative impact of Thurgood Marshall, Shirley Chisholm and President Barack Obama; the scientific contributions of George Washington Carver, Charles Drew and Henrietta Lacks; and the athletic record-breaking feats of Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. And that's only scratching the surface . . .
The Obamas’ presidential portraits have been revealed in the National Portrait Gallery. Barack and Michelle picked two African American artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, to portray them. The former first lady’s portrait “overemphasizes an element of couturial spectacle, but also projects a rock-solid cool,” writes the NYT.
Gracing the cover of Vogue’s February issue, Serena Williams reveals she had an emergency C-section for daughter Alexis Olympia followed by a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries. Last week the tennis star bowed out of her first postpartum match, the Australian Open, to recover.
On assignment for ’60 Minutes,’ Oprah Winfrey visited the grave of Recy Taylor, the woman she referenced in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. Taylor was gang-raped by a group white men in Alabama in 1944; two juries refused to indict the men for their crimes.