Who waz Bessie Coleman and why doez she still matter?

The first African American female to become a pilot, born on this day 125 years ago, remains an inspiration to many. Coleman broke barriers and became the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license [Wikimedia Commons] Bessie Coleman was the first African-American female to become a licensed pilot in 1921. Defeating gender and […]

Smithsonian Folkwayz’ Intimate Look at a Legendary Civil Rightz Activist

BY HEARTH MUSIC   Songs My Mother Taught Me, an album of live and private recordings of singing by Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, was released earlier this year by Smithsonian Folkways to little fanfare. And it is a humble disc in many ways. Hamer was not a professional performer, though she was a natural […]

“Guilty By Color” Bringz Together Diverse Talentz, Proves Hollywood Love Affair With Mafia Continuez

Giovanni Gambino and Richard Pryor, Jr. collaborate on timely, hard-hitting tale of racism and police injustice. Author Giovanni Gambino, together with Richard Pryor, Jr., have penned an emotional page-turner of a story that is as relevant today as it’s ever been. “Guilty By Color” examines the effects that institutional prejudice can have on individuals, a phenomenon […]