Know Your History: Christie, the First Black Barbie Doll.

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Harambee, brothers and sisters in struggle! With the blessing of another year comes another chance to celebrate our nappy ass roots and search the forgotten annals of black history. For the last few years, we’ve been bringing you the wildly informative and 100% true and accurate* series Know Your History, wherein we tell you the [...]

Here Is a Picture Of Jesse Jackson Playing Basketball With Marvin Gaye.

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This is the kind of thing that needs to be taught in history classes. [...]

Know Your History: The Forgotten Tonsorial Legacy of Henry ‘Box’ Brown.

As part of their commemoration of Black History Month, JJP spotlighted Henry “Box” Brown, a black slave who got his nickname after he literally mailed himself to freedom in 1849. But Brown’s cunning would be celebrated and commemorated by black Americans in a way most academics have been slow to recognize.

As his crate [...]

Know Your History: Willie Dynamite.

"I hear there's some empty corners on Sesame Street. Let's go case the joint."

William Andrew Short was born in New York City in 1953, but by 1974 he was known as Willie Dynamite, a driven, heartless pimp determined to be #1 on the scene. He was well on his way until his operation [...]

Know Your History: Stripe and The Gremlins.

The horror comedy Gremlins was released in 1984 to mixed reviews and allegations of racism from the black community. Per Wikipedia, “Patricia Turner writes that the gremlins “reflect negative African-American stereotypes” in their dress and behavior. They are shown “devouring fried chicken with their hands”, listening to black music, breakdancing, and wearing [...]

Know Your History: How Dwayne Wayne Saved Us All.

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Imagine: you’re a staggeringly powerful alien from another planet who crash lands on Earth and grows up as a white person in the United States. It’s probably safe to say that you’re going to have some serious issues with entitlement and privilege.

So it was for young Clark Kent, who grew up [...]

Know Your History: Thomas Jennings.

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Thomas L. Jennings, a free man of color, made history when he became the first black man to hold a patent. It was for a method of dry cleaning clothes known as “dry scouring.” This process required first applying a solvent to the surface of a stain, which was then placed in [...]

Know Your History: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

Look at Animal's pupils. He was totally high here.

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem were an interracial rock n’ roll band that broke racial barriers, headed by Dr. Teeth who was born of a black mother and green father. Originally, the band was known for its edgy, raunchy lyrics; banned in the UK, [...]