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Directors Peter Ramsey and  Bob Persichetti, Actors Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld and Producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord at San Diego Comic Con.

A film collection to celebrate Black joy and love

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | February 15, 2023

In honor of Black Heritage Month, here are five rapturous films that center Black stories.  Love Jones (1997) Set in Chicago, Nina (Nia Long) and Darius (Larenz Tate) are two artists who meet at a club one night and decide to take a chance on each...

A stack of books on a wooden table in front of many shelves full of books.

Books by Black authors to read during Black History Month

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | February 14, 2023

Celebrate Black authors this month with these enchanting, thrill-seeking novels. A diversity baseline survey conducted by Lee & Low Books in 2019 showed that in the book publishing industry, only 5% of authors are Black and 76% of authors are white....

Miiriya is a Black-owned app that is an alternative for Amazon (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

5 Black-owned apps to download

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | February 6, 2022

A lot of the apps you may have on your phone were most likely created by a white person, but they’re not the only ones who make them. Here are five app recommendations that cover a variety of topics and are Black-owned. Miiriya If you’re looking...

Kevin Feige, Ryan Coogler, Lupita Nyongo, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Chadwick Boseman speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con for Black Panther (Gage Skidmore | Wikimedia Commons)

The importance of Afrofuturism

By Kyron Lewis, Lifestyle Writer | February 6, 2022

Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic in music, art and literature that combines themes in science fiction, fantasy and even history to explore the broader, Black experience. It connects people from the African diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry....

Top Black Albums Through The Decades

Top Black Albums Through The Decades

By Jay Ibarra | February 22, 2016

Throughout the decades, music has created several legends.In honor of Black History Month, here are five black recording artists who have made amazing strides in the music industry throughout the decades:‘70s: “Innervisions” by Stevie WonderOn Aug....

National Society of Black Engineers hosts speaker for Black History Month

By Northern Star staff | February 24, 2015

NIU's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will host a speaker on Thursday as part of Black History month.The speaker, Turron Clayton Sr., is a community activist and youth mentor. He will speak at 6 p.m. in the Stevenson Multipurpose Room.Email...

Race sparks discussion at SA

By Jackie Nevarez | February 24, 2014

The Student Association Senate’s guest speaker spoke about the origin of Black History Month, leading to some disagreement among senators Sunday.Guest speakerDerrick Smith, academic counselor at the Center for Black Studies and adviser to the Black...

Sophomore theater major, Romeo Jackson, Co-coordinator of LGBT Resource Center speaks about the history of gay rights at Conversions on Culture in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center Monday night.

LGBT Resource Center hosts events in honor of Black History Month

By Kevin Steiger | February 4, 2013

In recognition of Black History Month, NIU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center is hosting two events to encourage dialogue of black and LGBT identity. “This event was to felicitate dialogue and discussions and talk about the...

Columnist questions Black History Month’s value

By Taurean Small | February 14, 2012

"You're going to relegate my history to a month?" asked Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman in a 2008 interview for CBS's 60 Minutes when asked his opinion about Black History Month. Four years later, entertainer Whoopi Goldberg briefly groans...

Helping Hands to host Black History Month events

By Olivia Willoughby | February 7, 2012

A new student association, Helping Hands Community Service Organization, plans to follow the mission of spreading diversity on campus, said Helping Hands President Latasha Bennett.Bennett created the organization two years ago to begin her path to having...

Promoting diversity: NIU holds closing ceremony for Black History Month

By Jacqueline Evans | February 28, 2011

NIU closed Black History Month Monday night in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. The event, titled "Black Pride Renewed, Refreshed, Redefined" was sponsored by the Center for Black Studies and Campus Activities Board. The program featured performances from...