Arts & Culture

Ma Rainey. Black and photo of middle-aged Black woman wearing headdress. Split: Viola Davis. Black woman wearing red dress with short black hair holding an Oscar award.

Viola Davis Set to Bring Ma Rainey to Hollywood

August Wilson’s play about the legendary blues singer will be adapted for the big screen.

Arthur Ashe. Black and white photo of young Black man, wearing glasses and white top, holding up a trophy.

Richmond Boulevard Renamed to Honor Arthur Ashe

The tennis great is honored via a series of events in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

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New Center Will Celebrate Heritage of the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne

A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts breathes new life into how the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe showcases its culture.

Janet Mock. Black woman with long hair in black and pink dress, standing in front of a white and back backdrop.

Janet Mock Makes History With Massive Netflix Deal

The “Pose” producer is the first transgender woman to sign a creator-in-charge deal at a leading entertainment company.

Bryan Stevenson. Black man in gray jacket suit, black pants and tie, white shirt, standing on the steps of a courthouse.

EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Clip From HBO Doc on Bryan Stevenson's Liberatory Work

In “True Justice,” the Equal Justice Initiative founder connects the dots between enslavement and death sentences for Black people—and breaks down why he is committed to ending mass incarceration.

Joy Harjo. Middle-aged Native American woman with long dark hair and black top.

Joy Harjo is Nation's First Native American Poet Laureate

The author and performer says that “words are powerful and can make change.”

Jeni Rivera. Middle-aged Latinx woman with blond hair.

Jenni Rivera Biopic In the Works

The world-famous Banda singer will be celebrated via a film penned by the screenwriter who created “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”

Kē‘ē Beach. Hawai'i coastline shown over green forest.

Two Popular Hawai‘i State Parks Reopen Following 2018 Flood

Kaua‘i island’s Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park welcome visitors back after a 2018 flood forced them to close.

Bill Cosby. Older Black man with gray beard, wearing green cap and black top.

Twitter Users Return Bill Cosby's Father's Day Message to Sender

Cosby, who is serving prison time for sexual assault, thought the holiday was a great time to talk to the world about strengthening communities.

An animated Black girl with cornrows stands with a White friend who wears glasses and a green blazer

Tracee Ellis Ross to Helm 'Jodie,' a Spinoff of '90s Classic 'Daria'

The Emmy-winning actress will introduce Jodie Landon, the wry, self-aware Black friend of Daria Morgendorffer, to a new generation. It will be the first adult animated series to feature a Black woman in nearly 20 years.

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Iconic Author Toni Morrison to Star in Luminous New Documentary

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” in theaters next week, tells the amazing life story of one of the world’s most beloved writers, in her own words.

Aaron McGruder. Black man with short dark hair wearing black jacket, white T, holding a microphone.

'The Boondocks' Reboot Confirmed

Creator Aaron McGruder is all set to breathe new life into his cult classic show.

Linda Fairstein. Middle aged White woman with blond hair.

'When They See Us' Prosecutor Gets the Boot

Linda Fairstein, who has a second career as a crime novelist, is dropped from her literary agency in the aftermath of the Netflix series.

Exterior of Metropolitan Museum with crowd on steps

Voguing Stars Take Center Stage at The Met

Dancers slay for a large crowd and judges outside the famed museum.

A Black woman with locs stands over two turntables at a party

On This Anniversary of the Pulse Massacre, a Playlist to Celebrate Our Resilience

Members of the DC-based DJ crew Anthology Of Booty are here to help us center love on the dance floor.  

Creek Nation. Man in white cowboy hat, long-sleeve shirt and jeans rides a brown horse with other riders and a tractor trailer in the background

New Podcast Explores Connection Between a Murder and the Fight for Tribal Sovereignty

This Land follows how a 1999 murder paved the way for an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will decide the land rights of five tribes in Oklahoma.

Ramy Youssef. Young Egyptian man with curly dark hair wearing a gray hoodie.

Ramy Youssef Rejects Idea of Portraying an 'Average Muslim Family'

“No one has ever been asked to make the Christian show that really represents all Christians.”

Linda Taylor. Black woman in a black and white photo, wearing a fur coat with her hand on her hat walking in parking lot in Chicago.

LISTEN: Code Switch Dives Into Story Behind the 'Welfare Queen'

The podcast offers an in-depth look at Linda Taylor, the first woman to be called a “welfare queen,” and the political and policy consequences of the racist stereotype.

Andre De Shields. Older Black man with gray hair wearing black tux holding Tony award.

Broadway Vet André De Shields Wins 'Best Performance By An Actor' at Tony Awards

He joins several other people of color who were honored with awards for their excellence in theater.

African Burial Ground and monument. NYC aerial shot.

Pinkster Celebration Has Honored African Ancestors in NYC Since Colonial Times

NYC’s African Burial Ground National Monument will host the “oldest [Black] holiday of the United States.”