Comedian Lucille Ball stands on her front lawn with husband Desi Arnaz in 1953. Ball showed off her baby bump on the TV series I Love Lucy (1951), which featured her pregnancy as part of the storyline. When Lucy gave birth to her son Desi Arnaz Jr. in ...
Actress Angela Bassett (pictured above, right) has portrayed a pantheon of African-American activists including Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story (2002) and Coretta Scott King (pictured above, lef ...
A southern girl with a preacher for a father and a gospel singer for a mother, Aretha Franklin came from humble beinnings to eventually become known as the Queen of Soul
Early into his career as a comedian, on February 27, 1966, Richard Pryor does a stand-up routine on The Ed Sullivan Show.
President George H.W. Bush sits in the cockpit of his aircraft during World War II after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest pilot to fight in the Navy at the time.
Journalist Daisy Bates gazes out of a broken window of her home during the Civil Rights Movement in 1958, one year after she helped the Little Rock Nine attend school during desegregation
During the early 20th century, Oscar Micheaux revolutionizes film by directing the Homesteader (1919), the first film directed by an African-American.
1890: George Dixon becomes the first African-American world boxing champion.
The premiere of Peyton Place in 1964 marked the birth of the primetime serial. “The continuing story of Peyton Place” was an instant hit, airing three nights a week at the height of its popularity.
Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, shows her timeless beauty in a black and white portrait in 1950.