According to Variety.com, Sony Music Entertainment announced today the promotion of Sylvia Rhone to Chairman and CEO of Epic Records. In this role, Rhone will lead the overall creative direction and management of Epic Records, overseeing Epic’s roster of hit-making artists such as Travis Scott, Future, Camila Cabello, 21 Savage, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, and French Montana.  Rhone has been President of Epic […]

Hailing from Washington D.C., Bad Brains is a pioneer of the sonic, aggressive hardcore punk style with influences from reggae, punk, hard rock, and metal. The band’s classic and current line-up is H.R. on vocals, his brother Earl Hudson on drums, Darryl Jennifer on bass, and Dr. Know on guitar. Bad Brains got its start […]

BY WALTER OPINDE After death sentence, the Central African Republic later pardoned Jean Bedél Bokassa, the self-crowned emperor accused of cannibalism and tyranny. Bokassa was one of the Africa’s most brutal dictators, accused of cannibalism and feeding his opponents to animals. However, after his death sentence, he later received a posthumous pardon from his country. Jean-Bédel […]

Abraham Lincoln Lewis was the founder of American Beach in Jacksonville, Florida, the only beach of its time that welcomed Black Americans and provided safe accommodations during the Jim Crow era. Established in the 1930s, the original area of the beach property was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 2002 as […]

Amaza Lee Meredith  was an African American architect, educator and artist. Meredith was unable to enter the profession as an architect because of “both her race and her sex” and worked primarily as an art teacher Virginia State College, where she founded the Art Department. Meredith was born in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Her father, Samuel Peter […]

Samuel Green was an African-American self-emancipated anti-slavery activist who was jailed in 1857 for possessing a copy of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, after being suspected of aiding the “Dover Eight” in their escape from the slavery. An underground railroad agent, Green is known to have helped Harriet Tubman and […]

BY WALTER OPINDE Let us all join hands in wishing one of our favorite deejays a birthday blast as he turns a year older; may he live longer to continue presenting to us the special and priceless music entertainment. Rodney Price Basil, famously known by his stage name as “Bouty Killer,” is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. Allmusic describes him […]

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

The early attempts at settling Sierra Leone has spawned many significant Black figures in history. Harry Washington hailed from West Africa and was sold to George Washington in 1763. He was purchased to assist in draining Virginia and North Carolina’s Great Dismal Swamp. He would also work as a stable hand. BLACK LOYALIST In 1771 […]

Getting recognized by President Harry S. Truman as an innovator in the agricultural movement is not an easy thing to do. And for it to happen in 1945, with tensions still bare over racism, is only a testament of the impact that George Washington Carver has made on Black history. His birthplace was also the […]

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