Deeper Than Rap
Buying Black, Supporting Black
Around the time of the Jim Crow era, U street became the Mecca for black businesses in Washington, D.C. It became black broadway before Harlem became Harlem. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., much of 14th Street and U took a turn when the riots of 1968 began. This short film examines the history of black U street and explores what happened to the 300 businesses that existed. It shows the black businesses that still exist today and why supporting black businesses, as a whole, matters everywhere. By Cheyenne Majeed
Produced by Alexandra Banks for the Howard University News Service, “Skin Deep: The Lack of Black Skin and Hair Care Specialists” is an exploration of the lack of black dermatologists within the field and how that affects black patients.