“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” Sheds Light on a Little-Known Piece of Black History

By Terrance Turner Feb. 28, 2021 Tonight, singer Andra Day won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of jazz singer Billie Holiday in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday". The Hulu film, directed by Lee Daniels, dramatizes how Holiday was hounded by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for her … Continue reading “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” Sheds Light on a Little-Known Piece of Black History

Black History Month

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. By Terrance Turner Feb. 1, 2021 Today is the first day of Black History Month. It is also the 150th anniversary of a historic day in Black History. On February 1, 1871, Jefferson Franklin Long became the first Black congressman to speak before the House of Representatives. According to the House … Continue reading Black History Month

Meeting Michael Vick (Kind Of)

By Terrance Turner Promotional poster for the Empowerment Tour. Courtesy of Vick's Facebook page. Earlier today, former NFL quarterback and Fox Sports analyst Michael Vick came to THE Texas Southern University as part of his Empowerment Tour. The speaking tour has brought Vick to several notable HBCUs, including Alcorn State and Florida A&M University. This … Continue reading Meeting Michael Vick (Kind Of)

Remembering Katherine Johnson

By Terrance Turner Katherine Johnson at her desk at Langley Research Center in Virginia. Photo courtesy of NASA. NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose work made American space travel possible, died Tuesday at the age of 101. Johnson broke both racial and gender barriers over the course of her career. But she also made game-changing calculations … Continue reading Remembering Katherine Johnson