The AFRO helped kickstart the digital revolution among Black newspapers by becoming one of the first to go online in the 1990s. The internet, with its global reach and constant need to be fed information, would change the newspaper business unlike any other time in its history.
The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, two of the biggest rap stars of the 1990s, were slain at the height of the East Coast vs. West Coast feud. Prince and Michael Jackson both succumbed to the lure of drugs. The intersection of Florence and Normandie in Los Angeles became seared into the consciousness of America after the video tape of the beating of Rodney King by police officers sparked days of rioting.
A million men marched on Washington, D.C. and then a million women marched. They both demanded change within the Black community. Twenty years later they would march on D.C. again.
Tiger Woods dominated golf courses, and made up his own race, while Michael Jordan dominated the basketball court. Venus and Serena Williams became an unstoppable force in tennis.
Blacks continued to break barriers in the military while Black fraternities and sororities celebrated milestone anniversaries.
The Sept. 11 attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. devastated America and the wars it spawned continue to this day.
Bill Clinton, in what was not meant to be a compliment, was called the “first Black president” by Toni Morrison. After presiding over the rise of mass incarceration due to zero tolerance policies, his wife, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would run for president and decry the number of Blacks in prison due to those policies.
She would lose the Democratic nomination to then Senator Barack Obama. Obama’s subsequent winning of the presidency and enactment of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, would cement his legacy. The Obamas have become inspirational symbols for all African Americans and other ethnic minorities around the world.