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Beyoncé Put on a Clinic for Content Creators Today: 3 Lessons from #BeyonceHomecoming and #Beychella

As many of us were minding our own business in the wee hours of Wednesday, April 17, Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was preparing to come for all of our necks, edges, and lives with the release both a 137-minute documentary and concert film, titled Homecoming, AND a live album featuring songs from the concert, aptly titled Homecoming: The Live Album. As I was watching all of this transpire, it made me think a lot about content creation and how masterfully Beyoncé was using and re-using hers. HIt the link for three lessons I see for content creators from Professor Knowles-Carter.

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What to do when someone is vindictive, racist, and out to get you - Lessons from Ona Judge

Ona Judge’s life and story is remarkable, and there’s a lot we can learn from her even today. Ona was targeted and hunted by America’s first president—who was vindictive, racist, and out to get her—because she wanted the fundamental, basic human right of freedom. This article shares her story in honor of Black History Month.

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America’s always had black inventors – even when the patent system explicitly excluded them

America has long been the land of innovation. More than 13,000 years ago, the Clovis people created what many call the “first American invention.” This spirit of American creativity has persisted through the millennia, through the first American patent granted in 1641 and on to today. One group of prolific innovators, however, has been largely ignored by history: black inventors born or forced into American slavery. This article highlights several of these inventors and other current black inventors following in their footsteps.

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A Tale of Two Chicagos: What I Learned From Becoming and Surviving R. Kelly

America’s major cities each have their own vibe. Chicago’s vibe has been on my mind a lot lately, in part because of Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly. I have thoughts on the intersections between the two, and what Chicago is trying to teach us. I’m sharing a couple of these observations here.

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Send an Email to Betty Jean Owens, a Living Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Heroine

As we go into Black History Month this year, I’ll be sharing little-known moments in history that reflect the multifaceted ways in which black people have contributed to the country’s tapestry. This post features the story of Betty Jean Owens, a civil rights and women’s rights heroine who helped make it possible for people of color and women to speak up in the face of injustice today.

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#PopCultureClass: Beyonce's September 2018 Vogue Shoot Led to Artistic Inspiration - and Perhaps Copyright Infringement

One of the most popular magazine covers this year is the Vogue September 2018 edition featuring Beyoncé' on the cover. This edition is also history-making because a black photographer, Tyler Mitchell, shot the cover for the first time in Vogue's 126 year history. The inspiring shoot has led to some instances of copying, but is this kind of copying illegal? I think so, and I explain why here.

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