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Megan Piphus Peace stands on the set of Sesame Street with her character, 6-year-old Gabrielle. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

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Sesame Street’s first Black female puppeteer wants to keep inspiration flowing

Updated September 30, 2022 at 6:59 AM ET Megan Piphus Peace stands on the set of Sesame Street with her character, 6-year-old Gabrielle. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop It wasn't until September 2021 that Sesame Street — which started in November 1969 — got its first full-time Black female puppeteer. That's when Megan Piphus Peace joined the cast full time and landed the role of Gabrielle, a 6-year-old puppet on the classic […]

todayOctober 1, 2022 4

Music

Makaya McCraven’s ‘In These Times’: A musical marvel made by meticulous process

With In These Times, Makaya McCraven has perfected a method in which he weaves jazz improvisation and hip-hop recording techniques together with sensitivity that masks an obsessive attention to detail. Sulyiman Stokes/Courtesy of the artist When it comes to understanding Makaya McCraven's musical output of the last decade, the proof is in the process. As a drummer, producer, bandleader and composer — "beat scientist" is the official nom de groove […]

todaySeptember 23, 2022 7 2

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Halle Bailey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ is already making waves among young Black girls

Dozens of parents of young Black girls are posting videos across social media of their children's reactions to the newly released trailer of Disney's live action "Little Mermaid" starring Halle Bailey as Ariel. Following the teaser trailer for the live-action version of Disney's The Little Mermaid, parents of young Black girls are posting videos across social media of their children's reactions to seeing Halle Bailey as Ariel. "I wanna watch […]

todaySeptember 15, 2022 8

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Cynt Marshall, the NBA’s first Black female CEO, recounts her journey in a new memoir

Updated September 13, 2022 at 1:48 PM ET Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall speaks at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in 2019.Ethan Miller/Getty Images Cynt Marshall is a business titan, people person, cancer survivor, devout Christian and history maker, among many other things. In 2018, after nearly four decades in leadership at AT&T, she became the CEO of the Dallas Mavericks — […]

todaySeptember 13, 2022 19

Ramsey Lewis, seen here performing at the Ontario Jazz Festival in 1981, died Monday at his home in Chicago. Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images

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Ramsey Lewis, the pop chart’s favorite jazz pianist, dies at 87

Ramsey Lewis, seen here performing at the Ontario Jazz Festival in 1981, died Monday at his home in Chicago. Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images Ramsey Lewis, a pianist who sustained connections between jazz and popular music at a time when those bonds often seemed fragile and imperiled, died on Monday in Chicago, his hometown. He was 87. His death was announced by his manager, Brett Steele, who cited natural […]

todaySeptember 13, 2022 13

Music

Sudan Archives’ vibrant music of exploration

Born Brittney Parks and nicknamed Sudan as a child, the artist is driven by her intense curiosity. Sudan Archives' music celebrates digging. With infectious curiosity, her oddball collages of hip-hop, electronic and globally sourced folk bridge worlds and tramp through them, encouraging you to forge your own routes as well. Across two EPs and an album, the self-taught violinist, producer, and songwriter has honed a distinct blend of layered vocals […]

todaySeptember 9, 2022 16

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Ruby was the first Black child to desegregate her school. This is what she learned

U.S. deputy marshals escort six-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in November 1960. The morning of November 14, 1960, a little girl named Ruby Bridges got dressed and left for school. At just six years old, Ruby became the first Black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Federal marshals had to escort Ruby, as she was faced with throngs […]

todaySeptember 9, 2022 6

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All-Black, all-female American Airlines crew flies from Dallas to honor Bessie Coleman

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot's license, American Airlines operated a flight out of Dallas with an all-Black, all-female crew. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot's license, American Airlines operated a flight out of Dallas with an all-Black, all-female crew. From the pilots and flight attendants to cargo […]

todayAugust 22, 2022 8 1

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