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The Rise and Fall of Black Baseball: Remembering the Birth of the Negro National League – 100 Years Ago

By Donald James Racism in the early-to-mid 20th century – and other periods of time - was painfully ugly in the United States of America. Such hatred, along with laws of bigotry – written and unwritten - robbed African Americans of the same opportunities afforded to whites freely and unconditionally. And playing professional baseball in America – the national pastime since the 1850s - was no exception. In the...

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Mary J. Blige Shines With Sun Goddess Wine Launch

Netflix recently debuted an original film, Uncorked, which highlighted a young Black man’s desire to become a master sommelier and produce his own wine. This was just the most recent result of what seems to be a growing trend of Black interest in wine. With quarantine forcing people to spend more time indoors, it seems reasonable to conjecture that the number of wine connoisseurs will continue growing. Mary J...

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HBCUs: They have overcome and will do so again

by Angela Sailor ( – Will Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Unfortunately, it’s a legitimate topic of debate. As an HBCU graduate, I desperately want to believe that these invaluable institutions will survive. And for the sake of our country, I hope they do survive—for the ultimate measure of our nation’s vitality and strength is the ability of its people and its institutions to...

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Buying Black: Is it a trend or Something We are Committed to Doing?

As appeared first in the Chicago Defender By Elizabeth Lampkin Across the country, people intentionally celebrated Juneteenth.  While these and other events are happening, black-owned businesses have received a massive amount of support. This is a fantastic turn of events for black business owners. However, is buying black a current trend and if so, how long will this surge of support continue?  Many people have decided to buy black to combat racism, increase...

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