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Best Moments of Black History Month 2021

From Shmurda to Janet Jackson to Zendaya making that mac and cheese.

Bobby Shmurda on his first day out is a mood

via GQ

We made it through another Black History Month, and after the rollercoaster of 2020, this year more than ever we approached the month with celebration and caution.

After the protests of summer 2020 and the fatigue of the election, it felt good just to celebrate Blackness instead of mourn it.

However, there was the risk it would be a month full of Nancy Pelosi in a kente-cloth and other pandering bullsh*t. But we're in the clear, and despite the persisting pandemic, enough Black culture moments broke through the mess to carry us through.
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Lupita Nyong'o's "Sulwe" at Netflix Is an Important Step for Representation of Black Girls

Netflix just picked up "Sulwe" by Lupita Nyong'o, a book about a girl "the color of midnight"

Sulwe, the children's book by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o is coming to Netflix as an animated musical.

The book is about a girl born "the color of midnight" and her journey to self-acceptance. Based in part on Nyong'o's own experience as a dark-skinned woman, the semi-autobiographical book boasts/carries themes of self-love and anti-colorism.

Nyong'o, who struggled with self-image as a child because of her skin tone, called the book "a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism."

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During the '90s and 2000s, R&B groups were one of the most popular and profitable acts in music.

Iconic groups like Boyz II Men, Jodeci, and TLC reshaped the landscape of Black music. Their powerful vocal arrangements, distinct personalities, and chart-topping singles not only earned them millions of fans across the globe but respect and recognition from their peers, as well.

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Culture Feature

Iconic Moments in Black History: The Legacy of "Black Panther"

Happy 3 year anniversary of the Black Panther film — a cultural phenomenon that showed the power of Black cinema

It's hard to believe that three years and one day ago, we lived in a world without the Black Panther movie.

The Marvel franchise is not lacking content. After years of movies about white, male superheroes and the success of the Avengers franchise, the Marvel Universe decided to take an unprecedented "risk" on a movie about the lesser known Black Panther — a movie that would have a predominantly Black cast.

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Film Features

INTERVIEW: The Lucas Bros Talk Writing "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Keith and Kenny Lucas, co-writers of Judas and the Black Messiah, talk BLM, Ryan Coogler, and balancing optimism and optimism.

Judas and the Black Messiah has been 9 years in the making.

In 2012, Keith and Kenny Lucas, comedians, actors and writers, decided to make a movie about Fred Hampton. Hampton was the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party in the '60s. Chairman was assassinated by the FBI's counterintelligence program (known as COINTELPRO), which targeted Hampton and other Black radicals.

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Good neighbors are hard to come by. It's one thing to live next door to someone, but to get close enough to them that you essentially become a family is another. This is a common theme that is revisited in Black television sitcoms.

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