Image from Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Apes**t” video.

Blackening the Louvre Museum

Beyoncé, Jay Z, and the legacies of slavery.
A 1961 Ore-Ida truck featuring its most popular product, the tator tot.

The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest

The genius move that turned potato scraps into a frozen-food empire
View from the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park near Sperryville, Virginia.

Combatting Stereotypes About Appalachian Dialects

Language variation is just as diverse within Appalachia as it is outside of the region.
Arthur Ashe, the first black tennis star to get widespread media attention, at the 1975 World Tennis Tournament.

The Role of HBCUs and the Black Press in the Rise of the American Tennis Association

Historically black colleges and universities hosted all but six ATA tournaments from 1927 to 1968.
Leon Bridges performs at the 11th Annual Apollo Theater Spring Gala at The Apollo Theater on June 13, 2016.

'They Put Us in a Little Box': How Racial Tensions Shape Modern Soul Music

While white Americana singers have infused more soul into their sound, black artists still feel restricted by limited expectations.
Closets from the Historic American Buildings Survey: Joseph Stebbins House, Deerfield, MA; Theodate Pope-Riddle House, Farmington, CT; G. N. Wilcox House, Lihue, HI.

Closet Archive

A stuffed history of the closet, where the “past becomes space.”
Ira Aldridge in the role of Aaron in Shakespeare's play

The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe

And why you might never have heard of Ira Aldridge.
US soldier savors the taste of his first ice cream soda in two years (1944).

How Ice Cream Helped America at War

For decades, the military made sure soldiers had access to the treat—including spending $1 million on a floating ice-cream factory.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump tour Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, FL, March 2017.

The Founding Fathers Made Our Schools Public. We Should Keep Them That Way.

They believed public schools were the foundation of a virtuous republic.
A 75th anniversary edition of Fanta based on the original German recipe, 2015.

Coca-Cola Collaborated with the Nazis in the 1930s, and Fanta is the Proof

The not-so-sweet history.
A page from

A Brief History of the Great American Coloring Book

Where coloring books came from says something about what they are today.
A publicity photo from Charlie Chaplin's 1921 film

Curing (Silent) Movies of Deafness?

In many ways, silent film was an art form entirely different from the "talkies" we enjoy today.