Rosa Parks

Audiences best know Rosa Parks for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, which impacted the Civil Rights Movement and led to a city-wide boycott of the transit system, but her story doesn’t begin or end there. Born in 1913, Rosa grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, living under... Continue Reading →

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Malcolm X and Intellectual Courage

As a professional student of American history, there are many reasons why I have an enormous respect for Malcolm X. The most powerful of these reasons, however, is also the simplest: he was a man who never feared to change his mind. Think about that for a moment. How hard is it, sometimes, to admit... Continue Reading →

More than Mammy: The Life of Hattie McDaniel

The situation for African-American actors in Hollywood is a constant topic of discussion in the industry, and for good reason because it needs improvement. (Remember the #OscarsSoWhite controversy a couple years back?) Black History Month seems like the perfect time to look back at the past for a source of inspiration that black actors working... Continue Reading →

The Love Story That Changed a Kingdom

How much social prejudice would you endure to change the world? In the 1940s, the interracial marriage of Prince Seretse Khama, heir to the Bechuanaland throne, to an English clerk, Ruth Williams, shocked the world. The couple faced criticism from his royal uncle, but soon won over the people of his nation, who were reluctant... Continue Reading →

The Remarkable Mary Seacole

Alongside Florence Nightingale, known as the “Lady with the Lamp,” was another woman who improved the desperate conditions of soldiers in the Crimean War—Mary Seacole. For this edition of Femnista, I hope to show the racial prejudices, personal, and financial struggles this remarkable woman faced in caring for her fellow human beings. Born around 1805... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Black Heroes

This month, Femnista celebrates remarkable individuals throughout history who have left an impression on us, either through their contributions to social advancement, entertainment, or who lived extraordinary lives simply because society would not allow them to do otherwise. We invite you to join us as we explore some of our favorites, and share your heroes... Continue Reading →

The Elephant Man

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” these are the words proclaimed by John Hurt in the 1980 David Lynch classic The Elephant Man. Hurt plays Joseph Merrick, the titular Elephant Man. But who was Joseph Merrick, and... Continue Reading →

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