Tag: black history month

6-Year-Old Wins Black History Month by Recreating Iconic Album Covers for the Culture

Screenshot: @abbyelle12 (Instagram) As our fallen angel Whitney Houston once sang, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way…” Well, clearly six-year-old Abby Elle was taught well because she’s definitely leading the way. Undeterred by the foolishness that derailed Black History Month, […]

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We Made It! Black-Owned Beauty Month Was a Blast—So, What Were Our Favorites?

New house, who dis? Moving wore me out, but Black-Owned Beauty Month gave me new life.Photo: Maiysha Kai OMG, you guys … we made it! For Black History Month, The Glow Up committed to one full month of using exclusively black-owned, helmed and founded beauty brands, and we’re here to […]

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air helped me find freedom in solitude and fashion

Fresh Prince of Bel Air Helped Me Find Freedom In Solitude And Fashion – HelloGiggles The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air helped me find freedom in solitude and fashion this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.

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Colorado High School Backtracks After Allowing Students to Opt Out of Black History Month 

Photo: iStock Administrators at George Washington High School in Denver, Colo. decided to reverse its policy on optional assembly attendance after parents expressed their disapproval of a letter allowing students to opt of the school’s Black History Month Program. The Denver Post reports: On Tuesday, George Washington parents were sent […]

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Remembering singer Mahalia Jackson, whose voice helped guide the civil rights movement

February is Black History Month. Here, an HG contributor celebrates the legacy of Mahalia Jackson, a groundbreaking gospel singer and activist involved in the civil rights movement. We love Louisiana for its slow, sizzling days, its innumerable inventions, and its unforgettable historical figures—from our Original Hot Sauce, to jazz, to Madam C.J. Walker and Louis […]

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That’s So Raven was groundbreaking for me as an early-’00s Black tween

That’s So Raven Was Groundbreaking For Me As A 2000s Black Tween – HelloGiggles That’s So Raven was groundbreaking for me as an early-’00s Black tween this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.

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My complicated childhood love for Addy Walker, the first Black American Girl doll

February is Black History Month. Here, an HG contributor reflects on the thorny significance of Addy Walker, the first Black doll introduced by the American Girl company. As a Black girl growing up in Connecticut’s white suburbs, seeing myself represented in media and my surroundings was fleetingly rare at best, and impossible at worst. When […]

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Black voices are needed throughout the year, not just during Black History Month

Black Voices Are Needed All Year, Not Just During Black History Month – HelloGiggles Black voices are needed throughout the year, not just during Black History Month this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 25: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Image: The Hate U Give (Harper Collins Publisher Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil […]

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South Carolina School Celebrates Black History Month By Having 5th Graders Pick Cotton to ‘Slavery Songs’… No, Really. 

Screenshot: Fox 46 Imagine dropping your 5th grader off at school for the Black History Month field trip that they won’t stop talking about, only to turn your TV on afterward and see your child on the local news picking cotton. Because according to Fox 46, that’s exactly what happened […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 24: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Image: I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings (Penguin Random House) Publisher Synopsis: Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 23: Cane by Jean Toomer

Image: Cane (Penguin Random House Publisher Synopsis: Jean Toomer’s Cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, and is considered to be a masterpiece in American modernist literature because of its distinct structure and style. First published in 1923 and told through a […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 22: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Image: Invisible Man (Penguin Random House Publisher’s Synopsis: A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for 16 weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 19: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby

Image: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (Penguin Random House Publisher Synopsis: Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 18: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Image: The Fire Next Time (Penguin Random House Publisher Synopsis: A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Timegalvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 17: Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Image: Heavy (Simon & Schuster Publisher Synopsis: In Heavy, (Kiese) Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 16: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Image: The Wretched of the Earth (Grove Atlantic Publisher Synopsis: The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 15: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Image: Assata: An Autobiography (Lawrence Hill Books Publisher Synopsis: On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that […]

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28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 14: all about love: new visions by bell hooks

Image: all about love (Harper Collins Publisher Synopsis: “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet . . . we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, […]

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