By Willie D Willie D is a member of the legendary platinum-selling rap group the Geto Boys,

Plaza Noir would like to give a special shout out to all the women of the world for all that you bring to humanity.

More than half a century after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks has an immovable place in the U.S. Capitol

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has another reason to celebrate this year — winning the John Cassavetes Award last night at the Independent Spirit Awards

View recap of PNN coverage of Pan African Film and Arts Festival Join PNN correspondents, Rasha Goel and NickiiJean On the Red Carpet

This Black History Parade is a 31 year old tradition that brings out all the residents in this community. PNN offers a glimpse of the happenings

Voodoo Psycho Thriller “Vipaka”, Starring Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie Selected as Opening Night Film

Whitney’s mom Cissy addresses lesbian rumors in new book, a year after Whitney Houston’s death, her 79-year-old mother, Cissy Houston is revealing intimate details of the pop icon’s life…

Nominated for Best Short Doc film at PAFF The film addresses the rise in HIV/AIDS among senior citizens of color

Happy Birthday Jackie,  you would be 94 this January 31st. Where would we all be if it wasn’t for your courage and talent.

President Obama: “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it”

As the “Django Unchained” controversy continues this week, legendary Civil Right activist and comedian, Dick Gregory,

From teeming Times Square to a once-isolated Asian country celebrating its first public New Year’s Eve countdown

The Chicago pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, who played on a million-selling soul-jazz single in 1968 – died Wednesday in Chicago.

Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso and composer who died on Tuesday at 92, created a passion among Western audiences for the rhythmically vital, melodically flowing

The Central Park Jogger case involved an assault and rape that took place in New York City’s Central Park on April 19, 1989.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were isolated reports of people in neighboring states who saw the influx of displaced New Orleanians into their cities as a burden –

 President Barack Obama won a second term as president on Tuesday, describing his victory over Republican nominee Mitt Romney a call to action that would help move the U.S.

In response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the networks of NBCUniversal  will join forces to air a one-hour live benefit telethon,

The friends,family of slain teenager Kendrec McDade protest in front of the Pasadena Hilton Hotel against the Pasadena branch of the NAACP.

Middle of Nowhere is just Ava DuVernay‘s second feature film, but her work scored her the best director prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival — making her the first

BMV Productions lenses the  last flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor over the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California on September 21, 2012.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary, ending segregation in Mississippi. Meredith is an American civil rights movement figure,

President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and addresses the DNC September 7, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.

If you’ve never heard of Quvenzhané Wallis, odds are by the time Oscars are being handed out next February,

Legendary director Spike Lee chats about ”Red Hook Summer,” his prolific career,

(21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was a British film director. His films include The Hunger, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II,

LONDON — Using its familiar formula of defense and depth, the U.S. women’s basketball team overwhelmed France

Gabby Douglas, 16, who months ago was not considered the best United States gymnast, won the Olympic all-around 

Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, (BAMC) Dec 2004.

Association chief executive Willis Franklin Earl Edwards was born in Carthage, Texas, outside of Houston, on January 1, 1946.

On June 30, former Los Angeles Lakers all-star Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be launching a 24-hour basic cable television network called “Aspire.”

The first black Marines landed in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their World War II service in the face of discrimination. The Montford Point Marines, named after the segregated North Carolina camp where they trained, and their surviving family members received the nation’s highest civilian honor during an […]

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The president of Florida A&M University vowed to remain on the job Thursday despite a no-confidence vote from school trustees

Lovingly named the “Queen of Disco,” the 63-year-old was in Florida at the time of her death.

The stars were out and shining Sunday night

More than 20 years after his death, jazz legend Miles Davis is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service with his very own stamp.

The objects displayed in Michigan’s newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures,

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are pleased to announce International Jazz Day to be held April 30 of every year.

PASADENA – At a rally on the steps of City Hall, community activists Tuesday demanded justice Tuesday for slain black teenager Kendrec McDade.

Super diva powerhouse Chaka Khan grabbed some of her friends and put together this beautiful Heal The World-esque song and video tribute

LOS ANGELES — The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce the winners of its films in competition today.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival will honor four women for their exceptional career and life

Among the estimated 50,000 collectors of Black memorabilia, the phenomena of gathering and sharing these items 

As the famous Langston Hughes poem entitled “Harlem” starts, “What happens to a dream deferred?” many often think that the line refers to Harlem itself.

With much sadness, regret appears the iconic actor and Chicago native Dick Anthony Williams passed away on Wednesday (Feb. 15th) at the age of 73.

Whitney Houston, the multimillion-selling singer who emerged in the 1980s as one of her generation’s greatest R & B voices,

Don Cornelius became the baritone-voiced bellwether of Chicago cool when he took “Soul Train” from

by Anthony Kaufman | August 11, 2011 “Why should I complain about making $7,000 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one.” — Hattie McDaniel Despite Hollywood’s best intentions and well-meaning saccharine storytelling, it gets race wrong, repeatedly. From “Driving Miss Daisy” to “Crash” to “The Blind […]

Throughout history, African Americans have invented some important and fun devices. Read about ten examples of men and women and see what they invented.Think about what kind of obstacles they may have faced, personally and professionally. Elijah McCoy (1843–1929) invented an oil-dripping cup for trains . Fast Fact: Other inventors tried to copy McCoy’s oil-dripping […]

George Lucas “Red Tails” Take Flight.

Affluent black Americans who are leaving industrial cities for the suburbs and the South are shifting traditional lines between rich and poor, according to new census data.

“His father, Syl Whitaker, was the charismatic grandson of slaves… His mother, Jeanne Theis, was a shy, World War II refugee from France…

The 122-year reign of the celluloid 35-millimeter film projector is about to come to an end. In just two months, digital will overtake film as the predominant movie projector technology in the world’s cinemas,

Beverly Hills, CA (November 18, 2011) – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year. The Cleveland International Film Festival will be the recipient of a multiyear grant for its Focus on Filmmakers program. It will receive a […]

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday

2 Specials Set For Midseason EXCLUSIVE: Fox is bringing back its groundbreaking 1990s sketch comedy series In Living Color

Born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell,Texas on December 13, 1967,

World and business leaders have been paying tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who has died at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer.

Sonny Rollins is one of five individuals who have been selected to receive the Kennedy Center Honors of 2011,

As controversy mounts the federal government announced Tuesday that it will pump $350,000 into Watts in hopes of sparking an arts-drivenrevitalization

*Grammy-winning Blues musician David “Honey Boy” Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday in his Chicago home.

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. today announced plans for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70,

The ABWH statement takes the film to task for seeming to suggest that after the assassination of Civil Rights pioneer Medgar Evers,

Frank Foster, a saxophonist, composer and arranger who helped shape the sound of the Count Basie Orchestra during its popular heyday in the 1950s and ’60s

Legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff to designate  the U.S. Postal Service office located in Altadena, California as the “First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office”

The legendary basketball player is the author of a new book, On the Shoulder of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance,

ZO & Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge is an annual fundraiser to support the mission of Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Magic Johnson Foundation.

Manhattan Beach renames a park to honor a black couple forced to give up their resort in the 1920s.

by Daoud Tyler-Ameen Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York,his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician

By Jozen Cummings May 26th 2011 Miles Dewey Davis III would have turned 85 today (May 26). Despite his death in 1991, he’s considered one of jazz music’s greatest players.

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff Posted May 23, 2011 6:16 AM Camping came out of hiding briefly yesterday, after his predicted rapture did not come to pass,

Short answer: Way more than you think.  Eli Pariser laid it all out in this eye-opening TED talk, and got a standing ovation for his trouble. His book on the topic,

If you or your friends have children with inquisitive minds they may love our new series of children books.

By Tim Wise Posted on May 2, 2011 There is no one in the world more creative than a white person trying to deny their racism, after having said or done something incredibly racist. Whether it’s the Orange County California Republican activist who recently sent around the e-mail with the picture of the Obamas portrayed […]

By Ko Fai Godfrey Ko in Social Media Marketing Today there are several ways to advertise online and one of the most popular is through social media marketing. You can leverage these ten powerful tips if you want to succeed in defeating competition and generate higher profits or site traffic. Tip #1 – Start by […]

Multi faceted entertainer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams has became part owner of  a  company that produces yarns and fabrics derived from recycled plastic beverage bottles.

Would a birth certificate matter? Suddenly the birthers are back in the spotlight.  Donald Trump and Birthers demand to see a birth certificate. Would it help?

On April 7th, the NAACP released a new report, Misplaced Priorities, that examines America’s escalating levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets and our nation’s children.

Watch the video and support the effort… Amy Hānaiali‘i and Henry Kapono compose “Together Hawai‘i” and records with Hawai‘i’s top vocalists. HONOLULU, HI – April 08, 2011 – Hawai‘i’s top vocalists have come together to lend their voice of support to the victim’s of one of the world’s most tragic natural disasters in modern times. […]

Tales of Tuskegee are stories and events told by and of the Tuskegee Airmen. The genuine hero’s and heroines of WWII, who fought for freedom, dignity and respect on the home front and abroad.

The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

Audience Engagement By Jerry Bader We are inundated with advertising messages from the time we wake to the time we go to bed. Some of these messages are welcomed and some are a source of irritation. The difference between noise and communication boils down to relevance, and relevance is a function of how advertisers deliver […]

Nick LaTour who appeared in many of your favorite television shows and movies over the last thirty plus years has died in Los Angeles.

El Doggo Productions was formed to develop and promote films and media works which will help raise the consciousness of society-at-large with regard to drugs and politics.

Words Can Move You By Jerry Bader (c) 2011 Sometimes business people make things harder than they have to be, take marketing for instance. Marketing is pretty simple when you get right down to it: discover the emotional value inherent in what you sell and present it in a memorable manner that differentiates you from […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.Black History Month is a very important time for Americans of all races.

Known as the Primer Libertador de America or “first liberator of the Americas,” Gaspar Yanga led one of colonial Mexico’s first successful slave uprisings

William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who sowed the seeds of hope and healing in America.

A musical tribute to a great producer, arranger, composer, musician, Charles Stepney, who was the driving musical force behind Earth, Wind, & Fire,

The Wilmington Journal WASHINGTON – Young black males in America are in a state of crisis.

For Oliver Goodall, trail-blazing was a way of life. As World War II pilot and a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen,