Before friends and family in a packed chamber, Kamala Harris was sworn in as California’s newest U.S. senator Tuesday morning. She became  the first black woman the Golden State has sent to the Senate and the first Indian American to ever serve in the body. Harris, 52, a Democrat from Los Angeles, was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden shortly

Dollmaker American Girl named its “Girl of the Year” Friday, revealing a new African-American doll named Gabriela McBride.  She’s the first Girl of the Year doll since 2011 who wasn’t white. American Girl, a Mattel-owned company, sells the popular — but expensive, at $115 a pop — 18-inch dolls that aim to teach young girls about different historical

Janet Collins, the first Black prima ballerina at The Metropolitan Opera in her dressing room on the night of her debut, November 11, 1951.

If you’ve been pining for a Foxy Brown television adaptation, then your prayers have been answered. Meagan Good will be starring as the iconic lead in Hulu’s new reboot. Good will not only take on Pam Grier‘s role in the upcoming TV series, but she’ll produce alongside her husband DeVon Franklin and his production company Franklin Entertainment. The show has also snagged Empire‘s

University of Central Florida’s first African-American female chemistry professor has been awarded a huge grant to improve techniques for investigating rape. According to the Atlanta Black Star, Dr. Candice Bridge was granted a whopping $324,000 from the National Institute of Justice to review methods for catching suspects of sexual-assault outside of DNA evidence. The funding will also give Bridge access to exclusive

East Baton Rouge Parish made history on Saturday when it elected Sharon Weston Broome (D-La.), the first black woman who will serve as mayor-president. Broome, 60, beat her opponent, Mack “Bodi” White (R-La.), in a tight race with 52 percent of the vote. She’ll succeed fellow democrat Kip Holden. Holden served for 12 years as the first black

A 57-year-old grandmother of 12 who admitted that college “was a rough four years” graduated from  Norfolk State University, a historically black college or university, alongside hundreds of students this past Saturday. Darlene Pitts is a hardworking woman in pursuit of higher education living in Norfolk, Virginia. During her time at college, she was working two jobs. But she had