Although Kanye West felt like Beyoncé was snubbed at the Grammy’s after not receiving the Album of the Year award, the other accolades that the singer did receive that night solidified her spot as one of the greatest music artists of all time. The “Drunk in Love” songstress was nominated for six Grammy’s this year, and went home with three wins. The singer made history this past weekend by surpassing the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with 20 Grammy wins and becoming the second most-awarded female artist in Grammy history. Beyoncé also nabbed another spot in the Grammy history books by becoming the most-nominated female artist with 47 nominations, pushing her past Dolly Parton who had 46 Grammy nominations throughout her career. “Wow, thank you guys so much. This is such an honor,” she said as she accepted the Best R&B Performance for “Drunk in Love” which featured her hubby Jay-Z. “I’d like to thank God. This has been such an incredible year. I love y’all. I’d like to thank my beloved husband. I love you deep. My daughter who’s watching, Blue, I love you.” Read more.
Johnson Publishing Downsizes for Longevity
Last month, news spread that Ebony magazine would be selling their 70-year-old archive for $40 million dollars. It seems as if the publication’s parent company, Johnson Publishing, is trying to be more cost effective in other areas too. It has decided to downsize its office space by trying to sublet one of the two floors in its new location after giving up a third floor earlier. “A lot of these decisions that are being made are decisions to right-size the company,” said CEO Desiree Rogers. She claims that they’re trying to position the publication for longevity. Before deciding to make this move, Johnson Publishing sold their 11-story headquarters and cancelled Jet magazine’s print version. “We have turned the corner—the business is now positioned for growth and investment,” said Rogers. Read more.
Infographic: Racial Labels Through the Years on U.S. Census
As race relations in America remain at the forefront of a national conversation, it’s important to take a look back and examine the impact that labels have had on the evolution of blacks within our country. A new infographic created by the Center for American Progress captures the shift in racial categories on the U.S. Census for the past two centuries. The infographic shows that African Americans have experienced the most change. In 1790, blacks were labeled as “slaves” on the census. During the 20th century, African Americans we labeled as “Black,” “Mullato,” “Negro,” and now as “African American.” Read more.