On April 29, iconic director, John Singleton passed away at the age of 51 following a massive stroke. Singleton will forever be remembered as a great filmmaker and as a pioneer that broke down barriers for future black directors.
On Sunday, April 21, a series of Christian churches and luxury hotels were bombed in the South Asian island of Sri Lanka. The bombings took the lives of over 350 people, injuring more than 500 bystanders, including 39 foreigners.
On Sunday, March 31, rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in front of one of his Marathon Clothing stores in South Los Angeles. The musician was well known for his humanitarian efforts in South Central neighborhoods and the youth.
On March 12, 50 people were charged with bribing several ivy league colleges, in order to admit their children into the schools. The group of parents charged were made up of celebrities, business executives, and others.
Misty Copeland is a ballet dancer at the American Ballet theatre in New york City, who recently became the company’s first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in its 75 year history. She also became the American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American soloist in two decades, and has inspired many young girls and boys in her important work.
On this week’s Black History month special, we’ll be talking about the late dancer, actress, singer, and activist Josephine Baker. She helped break down many doors for many black entertainers, both here in America, as well as overseas.
The second person to be discussed during this Black History Month special is essayist, playwright and novelist, James Baldwin. He published many critically acclaimed books and essays in the 50s and 60s that focused on the black experience in America and race relations between blacks and whites.