Born on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina Simone received a scholarship to study classical piano at the Juilliard School in New York City, but left early when she ran out of money. She turned her interest to jazz, blues and folk music and released her first album in 1958. In the ‘60s,

  Channing Dungey has been named president of ABC Entertainment Group, the network announced Wednesday. Dungey is the first black person to lead a major broadcast network. She replaces outgoing president Paul Lee, who has helmed ABC programming since 2010 and pushed for more diversity at the network. “Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent,

Vanity, lead singer of the ’80s girl group Vanity 6, has died after years of battling kidney failure and, more recently, an abdominal illness. Vanity, whose real name was Denise Katrina Matthews, passed away in a Fremont, CA hospital on Monday … according to sources close to her family. A few months ago she set up a

  Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, and is also an acclaimed poet and essayist. ABOUT

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks received many accolades

Twin sisters in Birmingham, Alabama are making history by taking the bench as district court judges at the same time. Alabama reports Shera Grant has joined sister Shanta Owens after being appointed to the position in Jefferson County last Friday. Grant will handle small civil cases, a step towards building her budding career. Grant was recommended along with three others by

Superstar Chaka Khan, who lost 60 pounds on a vegan diet, credits the plant-based eating plan with helping her get off her diabetes drugs. Khan said the dangerous combination of excess weight, diabetes and high blood pressure motivated her to overhaul her diet and reclaim her health. “I had type 2 diabetes and high blood

  For quite sometime, director Ava Duvernay has been developing her first television show, Queen Sugar. The news first surfaced in December 2014 in an interview with The Guardian, evolving much more since then. The television show is based on the book Queen Sugar, released by author Natalie Baszile. It tells the story of an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane