Antoine Fuqua to direct war movie ‘Siege of Bethlehem’

Antoine Fuqua is to direct Siege of Bethlehem. The Training Day filmmaker will helm the flick — based on the book A Season in Bethlehem: Unholy War by Joshua Hammer — for Bron Studios. The movie is based on a true story and tells how a Muslim, an Israeli Jew and a Christian American united […]

Did you keep watch entering 2015? The history of NYE Watch Service

The Watch Night service can be traced back to gatherings also known as “Freedom’s Eve.” On that night, Black slaves and free Blacks came together in churches and private homes across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law.  At the stroke of midnight, it was Jan. 1, 1863, all slaves […]

President Obama reshapes immigration and America  

President Barack Obama continues to make historic changes in policy decisions that will fundamentally affect the fabric of America. With his announcement Thursday that outlined a massive overhaul of the immigration system through executive order, some 5 million people will be pulled out of the shadows of American society. This policy is a societal emancipation […]

Juneteenth 2013 events in Dallas

According to, this is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note […]

Jaden Smith shoots down emancipation rumors

Earlier this week, fans across the nation were in an uproar when Will Smith claimed that his 14-year-old son, Jaden Smith, wanted to become emancipated from his parents. However, Smith and Jaden recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and clarified the statement, saying it was more of a joke than truth. Smith made the […]

Lerone Bennett Jr. Chicago DuSable Museum lecture

As Hollywood heralded Steven Spielberg’s epic film Lincoln with Oscar nominations, renowned scholar, author, and historian  Lerone Bennett Jr. packed the house at the DuSable Museum of African American history in Chicago with revealing, little known facts about the Emancipation Proclamation–and the aftermath. The event, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago, was presented […]