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How Black Women Made GIFs Into a Language of Self-Expression

GIFs give voice to Black women who, because of their shared erasure and oppression, often communicate in a silent dialogue.
Starrene Rhett Rocque

NYC Will Move—But Not Remove—Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Slaves

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims will be relocated from Central Park in Manhattan to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Some advocates say the decision is a "slap in the face."
Kimberly Lawson
black history

The Groundbreaking Black Singer Whose Voice Inspired Martin Luther King Jr.

The extraordinary life of American music and civil rights icon Marian Anderson, who will soon appear on the $5 bill, told in five historic concerts.
Chloe Kent
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When Black Women Were Required By Law to Cover Their Hair

In the 1700s, the Tignon Laws forced Black women in Louisiana to wear head wraps because their beautiful, elaborate hairstyles were considered a threat to the status quo.
Jameelah Nasheed
women’s history

The Black Woman Who Biked Across the US Alone During the 1930s Jim Crow Era

Despite pervasive racism and the weight of the Great Depression, Bessie Stringfield found freedom on the open road.
Giselle Defares
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Viola Desmond, the Black Woman Who Fought Against Segregation in Canada

In 1946, Viola Desmond insisted on sitting in the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater, and now she's being put on the $10 bill for her bravery.
Adebe DeRango-Adem
black history

The Woman Who Helped Birth a Black Artistic Renaissance in Chicago

In the 1940s, Margaret Taylor Burroughs bolstered the careers of some of Chicago's most iconic artists by holding culture salons in her barn and later starting an African American museum in her home.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs
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America's First Female Self-Made Millionaire Founded a Black Beauty Empire

In 1905, Madam C. J. Walker began developing and selling hair care products. By 1918, she had a mansion in the same neighborhood as John D. Rockefeller.
Isis Madrid
black history

The Model Who Broke Barriers as Vogue's First Ever Black Cover Girl

Pioneering model Donyale Luna was one of the hottest "it girls" of the 60s. But she ended up an obscure fashion footnote.
Lauren Sarazen
black history

The Woman Who Escaped Enslavement By George Washington

Despite the first president's relentless attempts to capture Oney Judge, she always managed to evade him.
Lakshmi Gandhi
black history

The Sex Worker and Playwright Who Fought to Register Black People to Vote

Endesha Ida Mae Holland's incredible life story is one you won't often find in history books about the civil rights movement.
Adebukola Ajao