Logo

News Tab

Category : video

21 Year Old Michael Jackson Talks Lost Childhood and Race

Read More

Michael Jackson is known as the King of Pop whose career spanned decades as he grew from a child star to an international sensation.  He was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.  In the early 1960s, when Jackson was just 5 years old, his father formed a musical group with Jackson and his older brother’s Jermaine, Jackie, and Marlon.  The group became known as the Jackson 5. After performing…

Jackie Wilson: A Story of Fame, Cheating, Violence, and Dying Broke

Read More

Jackie Wilson was one of the first big names in Rock N Roll, but tragic circumstances have led to him being largely forgotten.  Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 9, 1934.  He began making music in 1953 when he joined the group Billy Ward and the Dominoes as the group’s lead singer. Wilson released his first solo single in 1957 and scored his first No.1 R&B hit in…

Elvis Presley: A White Man With A Black Soul

Read More

Elvis Presley is known as “the King of Rock and Roll.”  His music made him one of the most prolific cultural icons of the 20th century.  His unique musical style was deeply influenced by his Southern roots.  Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family where he began his music career in 1954. Some of Presley’s early experiences with black music and culture…

What’s The Difference Between Federal and Private Student Loans?

Read More

Lynette Khalfani-Cox is known as The Money Coach.  She is a personal finance expert who dispenses her knowledge and advise through television, radio, and books.  She wrote the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Her personal story inspires many to pursue financial solvency and freedom.  After amassing $100,000 in credit card debt, Khalfani-Cox was able to turn her financial life around by paying the…

How Was Duke Ellington Inspired to Compose So Many Songs?

Read More

Duke Ellington is considered to be the most prolific composer of the 20th century both for the number of compositions he wrote and the myriad of forms he used.  He was born Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C. He began taking piano lessons at age seven and wrote his first composition, “Soda Fountain Rag,” in 1914 at age 15 after working as a soda jerk at…

Black Business Secrets: How To Beat The Odds

Read More

Dante Lee is a blogger, business coach, PR maven, marketing guru, motivational speaker, diversity consultant, and best-selling author. He was born and grew up in Washington D.C., and he has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Bowie State University.  He was the only person in the school’s 100-year history to graduate from a 4 year program in just three years time. He is the co-founder of Lee Moss Media…

The Hampton dropout who is now a department chair: Dr Carey Latimore

Read More

In this video, Dr Boyce Watkins speaks with Dr. Carey Latimore, chair of the History Department at Trinity University. Dr. Latimore talks about how he went from being a dropout of Hampton University to later becoming a highly-respected scholar. Additionally, Dr. Latimore talks about intellectual freedom and the ability of scholars to disagree without becoming disagreeable. The interview also talks about the importance of black scholarly mentors and how so…

Sunday Morning Stickup: How T.D. Jakes Uses Prosperity Gospel to Rob Church Members And Why He Kicked Out One Of His Elders For Telling The Truth

Read More

Many know Bishop T.D. Jakes as the internationally acclaimed preacher, author, teacher, and pastor of the megachurch The Potter’s House.   While Jakes’ has many adoring followers, not everyone is a supporter.  David Lee is one of those people.  Lee attended the Potter’s House and worked with Jakes for 20 years participating in many non-profit organizations and traveling the world evangelizing. However, all of that changed when Lee published a book…

Hattie McDaniel’s Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death

Read More

While many people simply know Hattie McDaniel as the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, there is much more to her story than just that.  She was born June 10, 1885 in Wichita, Kansas.  She was the 13th child of a family of entertainers.  Her father was a minister who played the banjo, and her mother was…

This rapper made the Forbes list with no corporate backing

Read More

The rapper Tech N9ne is taking the country by storm with his serious “chopper style” music.   But he’s also getting respect for making the Forbes list as one of the highest-paid artists in all of hip-hop.  Most amazing is that he’s doing all of this with almost no radio play.  Here’s more about his background: Aaron Dontez Yates was born on November 8, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri. He began rapping…

From Compton to Hip Hop’s First Billionaire: The Life and Career of Dr. Dre

Read More

Dr. Dre was born Andre Romelle Young on February 18, 1965 in Compton, California to young parents who divorced by the time he was 8 years old.  Growing up, his mom moved him from school to school in attempt to keep Dre away from the gang violence that permeated South Central Los Angeles.  Although Dre did not take much of an interest in school, he did find an interest in…

Lauryn Hill Talks About How The Matrix Relates To Spirituality and How Her Work Is An Act Of Love

Read More

Lauryn Hill is a singer, songwriter, actor and producer.  She was born May 25, 1975 in a middle class suburb in South Orange, New Jersey.  She began singing and acting at an early age.   In 1988, she performed for Amateur Night on It’s Showtime at the Apollo.  She was initially booed but eventually won over the crowd. When she was a freshman in high school, Pras Michel approached her…

Black Wall Street:The Bloodiest Race Riot in American History

Read More

The neighborhood of Greenwood, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma became known as Black Wall Street in the early 1900’s.  Many black people moved to Oklahoma during that time to escape slavery and the harsh racism prevalent in other areas. In 1906, O.W. Gurley purchased 40 acres of land which he wanted to only be sold to blacks.  Gurley established multiple buildings and residences, and many blacks began to settle in the…

Angela Davis Discusses Communism, Armed Resistance, and Why Even W.E.B. DuBois Carried A Gun

Read More

Angela Davis has left her mark as an activist, teacher, and freedom fighter over the course of many decades.  She was born January 26, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Growing up in Alabama, she experienced many painful things as a result of racism, including losing friends in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. After spending time in Paris studying French, philosophy, and communism, Davis returned to the United…

The 10 highest-paid athletes in the world

Read More

Do you think that black people are too likely to want to become entertainers and athletes?  A lot of people feel that these activities are destructive in the lives of young black men, drawing them away from their books toward false dreams of fame and fortune.  Education and business ownership are the two greatest keys to building wealth.  Let’s get that out of the way right now. But for that…