Black History Month

Latest Philly Black History Month

(KeVen Parker.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

KeVen Parker

Entrepreneur KeVen Parker is most known for his soul food establishment “Ms. Tootsie’s,” is branching out with a lifestyle boutique and a hotel of lavish, extended-stay suites.


(Vidal Davis.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Vidal Davis

Vidal Davis is one-half of the dynamic, Grammy-winning producing duo Dre & Vidal. The pair has played a significant role in keeping Philly’s name on the musical map.


Black History Month Events Guide

Since 1976, the United States has set aside February as Black History Month. Here’s where to take part in the celebration of African American history, culture and heritage in the Philadelphia area.


(Carol Riddick pauses next to a hanging microphone on a stage set at CBS 3.  Photo by Randall Scott)

Part 1: Singer-Songwriter Carol Riddick

Carol Riddick began her career touring with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, and has become one of the most respected artists in the music community.


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Part 2: Mural Artist Ernel Martinez

Ernel Martinez was born in Belize, grew up in Los Angeles, but says he fell in love with the city of Philadelphia while studying art at Kutztown University and at the University of Pennsylvania.


(Carvin Haggins, left, and Ivan Barias.  Photo by Karin Phillips)

Part 3: Carvin & Ivan

Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias make up the multi-platinum songwriting and production duo that is celebrating ten years together.


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Part 4: Entrepreneur Sulaiman Rahman

Sulaiman Rahman is the CEO and president of and chairman of the board of directors of the African-American Chamber of Commerce.


(Photo by Karin Phillips)

Part 5: Musician George “Spanky” McCurdy

George “Spanky” McCurdy started playing the drums at a young age in church, and has since played with an impressive roster of artists including Lady Gaga, Tye Tribbett, Diddy, Jilly Scott, Ciara, and Justin Timberlake.


(Photo by Karin Phillips)

Part 6: DJ Jazzy Jeff

Jeff Townes is a world-renowned DJ and producer who has represented his hometown of Philadelphia in almost everything he does.



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