Haeley Vaughn is an ambition young girl who has set her eyes on being the first African American Pop Country Mainstream singer, and she has gotten herself off to a good start. Check out her American Idol audition that had Simone Cowell enamored with her.
When she moved to the nation’s most prestigious address, Michelle Obama’s husband told her that rough times were ahead. The country was in recession, people were out of work, the political parties were in open warfare — and the man who was going to be blamed for it all was President Barack Obama. But you won’t hear the first lady utter a peep of complaint. Watch her interview with Matt Lauer here.
Alex Haley, a master story teller brought us our first glimpse into the lives of slaves with his critically acclaimed book Roots. Read about Mr. Haley's story here.
In 1928 Oscar DePriest became the first African American congressman elected to the House of Representatives from a northern state and a national symbol for racial pride. Read more on Oscar DePriest here.
Eight-year-old Amirikis Smith has been saving for college for the past two years. He has already deposited more than $300. But when he saw the devastation in Haiti, he decided it was time to make a withdrawal. Read about this young hero here.
Identical twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes became celebrities when they completed their first feature-length movie, Menace II Society. Their age when the film was released in May of 1993--they had just turned 21--put them in the company of celebrated young black directors like John Singleton, who was 23 in 1991 when Boyz N the Hood was released. Read their amazing story here.
On July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. See his remarks on this historic day here.
On October 1, 1962 James Meredith became the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. See the historical footage from this day here.
Black music is in fact America's original music, and the Spirituals-Blues-Jazz-Gospel-Charleston-Twist-HipHop gift is the foundation not only of rhythm and blues but also of Broadway and The Grammys. Check out three of the most major moments in Black Music History.