• How Samuel L. Jackson docuseries ‘Enslaved’ shines a new light on slavery

    How Samuel L. Jackson docuseries ‘Enslaved’ shines a new light on slavery

    A new Epix docuseries casts the history of the transatlantic slave trade in a new light. “Enslaved” follows star Samuel L. Jackson as he traces his roots with help from British author/broadcaster Afua Hirsch and investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici. The series airs Mondays at 10 p.m. “It was very unique to travel with [Jackson], because …
  • Feds reportedly weigh ban on cotton from China’s Xinjiang region

    Feds reportedly weigh ban on cotton from China’s Xinjiang region

    The Trump administration may ban products made with cotton from China’s Xinjiang region amid concerns about human rights abuses there, a new report says. The move could cause an upheaval in a global apparel industry that relies heavily on materials from China, a country the US has sought to punish for allegedly forcing Xinjiang’s Muslim …
  • Dale Resteghini says he’s gotten death threats over controversial new project

    Dale Resteghini says he’s gotten death threats over controversial new project

    Music video producer Dale Resteghini has worked with stars such as RZA and Nicki Minaj, but his new project, “Cracka,” is creating waves. The controversial series depicts whites as slaves and blacks as slave owners. He said he set out to “help white people see racism from a new perspective,” but after the trailer was …
  • Yes, Lincoln and the Union Freed the Slaves

    Yes, Lincoln and the Union Freed the Slaves

    Jamelle Bouie mounts a dishonest effort to rewrite history. According to New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie, “Neither Abraham Lincoln nor the Republican Party freed the slaves.” Instead, “the slaves freed the slaves.” Emancipation “was something they took for themselves.” The most that can be said of Lincoln and the nation’s political leadership is that …
  • Celebs call for Juneteenth to be made a national holiday

    Celebs call for Juneteenth to be made a national holiday

    Celebrities are using their social media platforms to advocate for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday in the U.S. Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery, but is only recognized as an official holiday in some states. “Happy Juneteenth!” Taylor Swift tweeted on Friday. “I want to thank @TheRoot …
  • Netflix plans Juneteenth musical by Kenya Barris and Pharrell Williams

    Netflix plans Juneteenth musical by Kenya Barris and Pharrell Williams

    EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is in talks with “Black-ish” and “BlackAF” creator Kenya Barris and “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams to develop a feature-length musical about Juneteenth – the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Deadline understands that the streamer and the pair are in the early stages of working up a plan for …
  • Usher calls for Juneteenth to be a national holiday in op-ed

    Usher calls for Juneteenth to be a national holiday in op-ed

    Usher is advocating to make Juneteenth a federal holiday in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Friday. Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. “Recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday would be a small gesture compared with the greater social needs of black people in America,” …
  • Is it time for the Dixie Chicks to rethink their name?

    Is it time for the Dixie Chicks to rethink their name?

    Read More: The real Lady A, a blues singer from Seattle, slams Lady Antebellum after name change Cole Sprouse arrested at Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest Eminem’s Shady Records joins #BlackoutTuesday amid criticism of the campaign Why Beyoncé protégées Chloe x Halle paused their second album release
  • Dem Sen. Kaine Claims United States ‘Created’ Slavery and ‘Didn’t Inherit Slavery from Anybody’

    Dem Sen. Kaine Claims United States ‘Created’ Slavery and ‘Didn’t Inherit Slavery from Anybody’

    Senator Tim Kaine (D., Va.) claimed during a Tuesday speech on the Senate floor that the United States “created” slavery and “didn’t inherit slavery from anybody.” Speaking in favor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which Kaine introduced with Senators Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) last week, Kaine urged …
  • ‘Gone with the Wind’ will return to HBO Max with lecture on racial themes

    ‘Gone with the Wind’ will return to HBO Max with lecture on racial themes

    “Gone with the Wind” is coming back. HBO Max will again start streaming the controversial slavery-era movie — with a lecture about the racial themes that first got it pulled, according to the scholar providing the intro. “I will provide an introduction placing the film in its multiple historical contexts,” cinema professor Jacqueline Stewart wrote …