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The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is just days away and it still needs your help.

It’s been years since the Casey Anthony story made headlines, but the saga surrounding the case continues. A private investigator is now claiming that Jose Baez, Anthony’s lawyer, admitted she killed her 2-year-old daughter. “Baez had told me that Casey murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere,” stated Dominic Casey, in an affidavit that was […]

William Pretzer, the museum's senior History Curator, asked the city to delay demolition of the structure in an email Monday.

This September, a small exhibit honoring Bill Cosby will go on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit is titled "Taking Shape," and focuses on African-American representation on television in the 20th century. To encompass this history, Cosby's 1964 comedy record I Started Out as a Child, an I Spy comic book, and video clips from the program and clips from The Cosby Show have been added to the exhibit.

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Oprah Winfrey, the well renowned philanthropist and media superstar is donating $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Winfrey’s name will go on a 350-seat theater in recognition of her being the largest contributor to the Museum. Read more about Oprah’s ties to the museum from the Washington Post’s article. Oprah […]

Being the first gets you a place in history and The Smithsonian. Eurweb reports the gold medal winner’s wrist tape, uneven-bar grips and access credentials to the London games are among the keepsakes Douglas donated to the Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, and will be displayed beginning Feb. 1. […]

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is adding a daylong tribute to the “godfather of go-go” music, Chuck Brown, on the National Mall.  Organizers are designating Saturday as “Chuck Brown Tribute Day” at the festival’s program celebrating the arts and culture of black neighborhoods in Washington. The tributes will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on […]

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While the building excitement for the 2015 opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) may seem a long ways off, it is nowhere near as long as the wait for the groundbreaking that took place in February. The museum, which will be located on the National Mall between the […]

The Smithsonian has announced plans for a “Bring Back the Funk” concert June 27 featuring musicians George Clinton, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk.  Did I mention it’s a free show!

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History will feature 1970’s funk band Parliament Funkadelic’s Mothership as a permanent piece of its music exhibition when it open its door in 2015. First appearing in 1977, the smoke-spewing stage prop quickly became an emblem of the band’s eclectic spirit and a symbol of the post civil […]