Arts & Culture

Alvin Ailey. Black and white closeup of Black man in profile with short black hair and facial hair.

Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Film

The famed choreographer will finally get the Hollywood treatment.

The Boondocks. Animation. Black child with Afro listening to older Black man with gay hair.

'The Boondocks' May Return For Fifth Season

Actor John Witherspoon says that Huey, Riley and Ruckus may be back and Twitter is abuzz.

Marsha P. Johnson. Illustration of a bust of the public art monument.

NYC to Honor Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera With Monuments

The sculptures are billed as the first public art monuments in the world to honor trans women.

When They See Us: Four Black and one Latinx Man on a stage with hands linked in the air.

'When They See Us' Is a Punch to the Gut

Ava DuVernay takes the Central Park Five’s horror story to cinematically emotional heights. Get your tissue ready.

Excelsior Club in Charlotte. White dilapidated building.

Black Historic Sites Top Most Endangered Places List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation says that these sites are in danger of being lost forever.

Lonnie G. Bunch III. Older Black man in gray suit, tie, glasses, stands in front of Smithsonian podium.

Lonnie G. Bunch III Named New Secretary of Smithsonian Institution

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the first Black person to lead the Institution since it was founded in 1846.

Aretha Franklin. Black woman with pixie cut and two-strand pearls.

Aretha Franklin Posthumously Honored With 2019 Pulitzer Prize

Jennifer Hudson surprised the audience with a performance of “Amazing Grace” in tribute to the Queen of Soul.

Shinnecock Musem. Sign on grass with traditional Native American abode in background.

Shinnecock Indian Nation Erects Billboards to Assert Sovereignty

Tribe chairperson Bryan Polite in response to restraining order: “We don’t recognize their authority on our sovereign lands.”

Joseph Vaughn. Black student wears a cardiagan and stands outside with books in hand in black and white photo.

Furman University to Honor First Black Student

The school voted unanimously to erect a statue in honor of Joseph Vaughn and review its mission and vision with an eye toward inclusivity.

GLAAD. Shadowy figure of man waving pride flag on a boat.

Hollywood Still Struggles With Representation of LGBTQ+ and Trans People of Color

GLAAD’s newest diversity report shows a drop for LGBTQ+ characters of color and improvement with regard to trans characters.

Clotilda. A weathered, shipwrecked boat lies on its side on a rocky shore with green bushes behind it.

Last-Known Slave Ship Discovered

Nearly 160 years after the Clotilda brought the last kidnapped Africans to the shores of the United States, researchers have located the ship’s remains.

Harriet Tubman. Black and white photo of a Black woman in a dark-colored dress with a white bow at the next and metal buttons down the center.

Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Delayed

Treasury Secretary confirms that the note will not be updated until the current White House occupant leaves office.

Tanya Saracho. Latinx woman with blonde shoulder length hair, blue glasses and red floral top.

'Vida' Showrunner Tanya Saracho Talks Authenticity

As the all-Latinx series returns on Starz, its co-creator gets real on colorism and other typically taboo topics.

Toni Morrison. Elder Black woman wearing gray sweater and gray silk scarf on head.

Toni Morrison Awarded Gold Medal for Fiction

The beloved author receives the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ highest honor.

Kamala Harris. Black woman with straight shoulder-length hair wearing blue jacket in front of microphone.

Kamala Harris Debuts Plan to End Gender Wage Gap

The senator says that if she is elected president, she will take executive action instead of waiting for Congress to act.

I.M Pei. Elder Asian man in black suit, red tie, black glasses, seated in wheelchair  in front of step and repeat.

The World Mourns Renowned Architect I.M. Pei

Pei designed iconic works—including the Louvre and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—that are nothing short of amazing.

Gucci Sikh. Middle aged Sikh man wearing blue turban, gray beard.

Gucci Under Fire for Appropriating Sikh Culture

The company is still selling inappropriate designs.

Black young woman with long ponytail and green top sitting at a brown table taking test in classroom.

Standardized Test to Add 'Adversity Score' to Results

The organization behind the SATs wants to provide race- and class-related context to college admissions testing.

Party of Five. Older Latinx man and young Latinx man separated by metal fence.

Latinx Parents Deported in Emotional 'Party of Five' Reboot

The 2019 version of the series follows five siblings after their parents are sent to Mexico.

Three surveillance cameras on the corner of a building

San Francisco Says Nah to Facial Recognition Software

The city is the first in the nation to ban the police and other municipal departments from using the technology.