“Negro History Week” was curated by historian, author, and journalist Carter G. Woodson. This month has been known as the time where we celebrate the lives and accomplishments of prolific leaders within the African American community. With an overwhelmingly amount of good coming out of highlighting those individuals and events, February was coined “Black History Month” in 1976. Although the shortest month of the year has been designated to celebrate these moments, it never hinders our ability to achieve greatness throughout each year.
Here’s what happened this week in black history:
This week we celebrated several birthdays including those of Langston Hughes, Williams Ellisworth Artis, Dennis Edwards, and Rosa Parks. Rosa is known as “The First Lady of Civil Rights.” She spearheaded the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other efforts to end segregation after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. We are all assuming Beyoncé channeled Ms. Parks in her “Sorry” video.
Speaking of Beyoncé, the edge snatching queen announced earlier this week that her family will be growing by two. (Yes, she’s pregnant with TWINS!) The announcement sent social media into a frenzy and has the highest number of likes on an Instagram photo ever. Don’t believe it? See for yourself.
Chance The Rapper was tagged by Streetwear designer Joe Fresh Goods to show the appropriate amount of gratitude to former President Obama and his beloved family. The “Thank You Obama” collection includes t-shirts, pullovers, jerseys and much more featuring slogans and images that have been cultivated by the Obamas throughout their tenure as the first family. Favorite item: Malia T-shirt with the tagline, “We all smoke, it’s okay.”
Big Sean released his fourth studio album, I Decided. and 12-year-old activist and founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias, signed her first publishing deal with Scholastic. Marley is set to pen a book that focuses on goal achievements and accessible activism for young people. The book is being dubbed a “keep-it-real” guide and explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity, and inclusion while using social media. Pure #BlackGirlMagic!