From Get-Out-the-Vote to Respectability Politics, Aretha Franklin's Homegoing Was a Dramatic, Political Affair

DETROIT—A stage is a stage, even when it’s a church and the performance is a marathon of a funeral. Clocking in at more than nine hours long for those who showed up at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning to view her body, perhaps Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and daughter of Detroit, wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Watch: My Black History: Michael Eric Dyson on How MLK’s Assassination Opened His Eyes 

Editor’s note: During Black History Month, the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just

#TakeItDownAmerica: Fight to Remove Mississippi’s Racist Flag Heads to the Nation’s Capital

On Flag Day (June 14), McComb, Miss., native and actress Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico, The Help) is taking the fight against the state’s flag all the way to the nation’s capital. Ellis will be joined by Michael Eric Dyson, musician Genesis Be and attorney Carlos Moore, along with lawmakers, celebrities and civic leaders…