Black History

There’s no denying how huge Black History Month was this year. In fact, the cosmos even treated us to the gift of a leap year, giving us one more day for celebration. While looking back on February, there were moments that shifted the conversation surrounding Black Pride among Hollywood, politics, and television. From Beyonce’s Black […]

Frank Peterson, the U.S. Marines' first Black pilot, has died at age 83. Petersen joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 as a seaman apprentice

Betty Shabazz (pictured), the widow of famed civil rights icon Malcolm X, died on this day in 1997 at the age of 61. Her death…

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday of notable significance for many African Americans. June 19, 1865, highlights the abolition…

Oliver Cromwell, a Black soldier who was possibly of mixed heritage that fought in the American Revolutionary War, was honorably discharged and given a Badge…

Nina Simone (pictured) is one of American music’s most-celebrated figures as well as a legendary icon of artistic expression and empowerment. Known as the “High Priestess…

President Abraham Lincoln‘s Emancipation Proclamation didn’t become national law until January 1, 1863, which gave millions of slaves their freedom. Before that historic event, the…

Bill Pickett was a famous rodeo star who delighted fans and was said to have invented the rodeo technique of bulldogging. Pickett enjoyed success and…

Inventor Jan Matzeliger (pictured) placed his name in the history books by inventing and patenting the shoe lasting machine in the late 1800s. Matzeliger filed…

Benjamin Banneker, the largely self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and author, has remained as one of Black History’s most-discussed figures. On this day in 1791, it was…

Mass Mutual and NewsOne join together to present 28 dynamic people that make up the diverse tapestry of Black History. For the entire month of…

Hip-Hop pioneer MC Lyte understands the responsibility of being a legend. She kicked open the door for women in Hip-Hop when the genre was still considered a passing fad and has remained a staple in the game for the last quarter century. Despite continuing to blaze her own trail in the entertainment business, she is […]