Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be New Jersey’s first African-American senator, having been elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. Gwen Ifill talks to Booker about his win, his legislative priorities and how he plans to pursue "uncommon coalitions for uncommon results" with his fellow lawmakers. Continue reading
In Oakland, Calif., some programs are working to better help African-American boys graduate from high school and improve their social and academic outcomes. Special correspondent Joshua Johnson of KQED reports on the push to change the way these students think about school by offering them more support. Continue reading
Paul Solman reports on one African-American family’s year-long mission to shop only at black-owned businesses. Part of his Making Sen$e of financial news series, Solman speaks with the family about their “Empowerment Experiment,” and looks at some of the challenges African American entrepreneurs face. Continue reading
In Minnesota, St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre Company is putting on a production of “I Wish You Love,” on the life and times of Nat King Cole. Twin Cities Public Television takes a look behind the scenes of the production and the company’s history of fighting marginalization and producing productions to raise social consciousness. Continue reading
Nikki Giovanni is the author of several books of poetry, including most recently, “Bicycles: Love Poems.” She is a professor at Virginia Tech, where she teaches writing and literature. “The 100 Best African American Poems” was edited by Giovanni and published in November.
As the Senate prepares to vet another Supreme Court nominee, Jeffrey Brown reports on a one-man show, starring actor Laurence Fishburne, about the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Continue reading
Groundbreaking singer, performer and film star Lena Horne died Sunday night in New York at the age of 92. Horne, the first African American to sign a long-term contract with a major film studio, broke down racial barriers, most memorably with “Stormy Weather.”
Legendary jazz singer and actress Lena Horne, who broke racial barriers in the entertainment industry, died Sunday in New York at age 92. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at her career. Continue reading