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Nana Mensah is a Ghanaian-born New York based actress. You may have recognized her in her starring role as Sade in the acclaimed web series, An African City. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvia, and received dramatic training from  The Actors Center and the Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab.

Nickelodeon has partnered with the Because of Them, We Can™ initiative to commemorate Black History Month with kids portraying distinguished African Americans and their inspiring messages. Watch these beautiful young queens recite Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman."

You can always count on Miss Patti for a performance that will have you on your feet or in tears. Patti Labelle performed an incredible version of "All Good Things Will Be Added Unto You" with the Spelman and Howard University choirs during the BET Honors telecast.

20-year-old Maddy Maxey is working to solve fashion problems beyond what will be the next hot runway trend. She describes herself as working "at the intersection of fashion and technology." This short profile is yet another reminder of how expansive tech can be.


As severe winter weather sweeps across the midwest, lots of travelers are finding their travel plans unravel. One of those stranded travelers was Erykah Badu. She got stuck at DFW airport and delivered a characteristically funny interview. Gotta love Erykah.

Pop culture expert Janet Mock sits down with Issa Rae, the mind behind the book and web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” to talk about black voices in pop culture, Rae’s influences, her bad dancing, and much, much more.

The ESSENCE magazine Black women in Hollywood Luncheon aired on OWN over the weekend. The award ceremony celebrates the sistahs in front of the camera and behind who help to craft the images we enjoy.

This beautiful short film written by Lauren Cato cuts deep. It follow follows long term lovers Casey (Lauren Cato) and Alex (Tola Teriba) who both secretly have something they want to reveal to one another.

Sabinee Quetant offers a beautiful and powerful meditation on black girls and womanhood in this striking spoken word poem. We cannot hide, Sabine. We cannot.

Who is Amanda James? tells the story of Amanda, a woman who has given up on love, and has decided to take her love life into her own hands. In the city of dreams, Amanda, along with her two best friends Marcus and Lauren, truly discover love, life, and sex. Who is Amanda James? takes a comedic look at what it truly means to "find yourself".