From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. These are sites that produce out-of-this-world coverage in a crowded arena. In case you’ve missed some of these, you can find them here. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why.
February is Black History Month, when we celebrate those influential, fearless, and ingenious Americans who shaped our nation and affected change — not just for other African Americans, but for the entire world.
While we honor those who blazed now well-trodden trails, we also recognize that history is made daily.
With that in mind, here are the top 11 African-American sites covering many of the potential historical figures of the future and their stories.
Blavity delivers news aimed at African-American millennials arranged in a clean and modern format. A relative newcomer to the landscape, according the site, it is “one of the fastest growing digital media outlets on the web, reaching more than 7M millennials a month.” It offers particularly in-depth coverage of African Americans in tech fields.
2. The Grio
The Grio is an African-American-focused news site that emphasizes video and stories not found in the national, general-interest press. Covering a variety of topics including news, politics, entertainment, and style, the site excels at in-depth feature pieces and trenchant opinions.
3. The Root
The Root is Gizmodo Media Group’s African-American site. It covers a variety of themes, from news and politics to fashion and entertainment while mixing in ample related content from the company’s other Web properties. It is also the home of Richard Prince’s superb column, Journal-isms, which focuses on diversity and race in media.
The Undefeated is the ESPN site centered on thoughtful analysis on the intersection of race and sports. While the focus is on sports and entertainment, the content is intelligent and even sometimes daring.
Stories to read right now: King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ explains the rage over the NFL anthem protests and the persistence of racial injustice and ‘Dear Black Athlete’ examines issues of race and sports in this moment of protest
Black Enterprise is all about wealth-building and the entrepreneurial spirit. The magazine profiles leaders and innovators and African-American-owned businesses with the goal of empowering readers to forge their own paths to success.
The Atlanta Black Star describes itself as “a narrative company,” and telling the varied and nuanced stories of the lives of African Americans and other people of African descent is its mission. The site achieves this in part by focusing on empowering stories overlooked by other media.
Story to read right now: Meet Gladys West, The Black Female Engineer Who Played a ‘Pivotal’ Role In Developing the GPS
Media powerhouse HuffPost lends its unique perspective to African-American stories in HuffPost Black Voices. The section includes numerous interesting stories, provocative insights, and plenty of crossover with the Latino Voices and Queer Voices sections.
Stories to read right now: Black Beekeepers Are Transforming Detroit’s Vacant Lots Into Bee Farms and 11 Black-Owned Beauty Brands To Add To Your Makeup Bag
NewsOne offers a straightforward news experience built around African-American stories. A part of the Interactive One network, which concentrates on web sites for communities of color, the site uniquely even has a good news section.
Story to read right now: Michelle Obama Tweets Girl Who Dressed Up As Her For School Project
Ebony has been in publication since 1945 and is the quintessential African-American magazine, having been an oasis of positivity and upward mobility for generations. Alongside its now digital-only sister publication Jet, Ebony dominated the world of African-American magazines for decades.
Story to read right now: Man Emotionally Thanks Rihanna for Fenty Beauty Giving Wife More Confidence
Essence is a long-time pillar of the print world that focuses on lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment news for African-American women. The magazine offers a positive and empowering space for its audience while doling out its share of hair, beauty, and lifestyle tips.
Story to read right now: Street Style Queens Reign Supreme During New York Fashion Week Fall 2018
11. Black Girl Nerds
Black Girl Nerds is a community-focused site that encourages women of color (and all women, really) to express their inner nerd girl and embrace their unique idiosyncrasies. On BGN, you’ll find everything from empowerment stories to entertainment news on comics and gadgets.
Story to read right now: BGN’s State of the Union Coverage with the Congressional Black Caucus and Make 100 Heroes With Planet Random Comics
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Nicole Howard is an associate product manager at Cision, as well as an editor and freelance writer. When not working or reading, she enjoys word puzzles and the outdoors.