Black History Retold

SWV, the girl-group who rose to fame with their smash-hit “Weak” read an inspiring verse from Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Simone released the song back in 1965, and more than 50 years later, the track has become a timeless classic. It’s been sampled plenty of times by some of today’s biggest starts, including Jay Z […]

Angela Robinson from The Haves and the Have Nots swung by our studios to read a portion of Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise. The triumphant poem is political yet so very personal to the struggles that African-Americans are facing. Angelou speaks to the truth that no matter what, you should continue to stand up with your head […]

We all have dreams. But it’s not until they’re realized that they can be acted on. In the latest installment of Black History Retold, we revisited Langston Hughes’ “Harlem,” commonly known as A Dream Deferred. The poem was published in 1951, and it addresses one of his most common topics – the limitations of the […]

To celebrate Black History Month, The Urban Daily will be reviving its “Black History Retold” series. The initiative began last year as we featured celebrities reading excerpts of works authored by some of the most influential figures in Black History. To kick things off, Angela Yee, beloved NYC radio personality, reinvigorated a portion of one […]

All month, we’ve been running a program on the Urban Daily called Black History Retold. Through this editorial initiative we’ve had some of our favorite black folk in the world of modern entertainment revisiting some of the most important moments in black history in the areas of politics, poetry, and race theory. We thought it […]

 Class is now in session. As a Professor at Rice University, Bun B flexes some major Black history knowledge by reading an excerpt of W.E.B. DuBois‘ The Souls of Black Folk. The piece speaks to the inner struggle that many endure on a regular basis. For the UGK MC, his battle within stems from becoming a […]

Take Harlem’s heartbeat/ Make a drumbeat/ Put it on a record, let it whirl…– Langston Hughes Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer and director of Beyond The Lights and the beloved film, Love & Basketball, shared a sweet ode to Harlem with Langston Hughes’ poem, “Juke Box Love Song.” Watch the modern day storyteller’s retelling of one of […]

” ] In honor of Black History Month, The Urban Daily will be bringing you a series entitled, ‘Black History Retold‘. This new initiative will feature various celebrities detailing black history firsts, ranging from sports to politics and all things in between. The guests will read an excerpt from historically impactful documentation and explain what […]