Joan Rivers
How Joan Rivers Chose Her Head Writer on ‘Fashion Police’


Tony Tripoli, head writer on the American television show “Fashion Police,” which comments on celebrity fashion, describes the humorous details that led Joan Rivers to select him for the job position. Tripoli had admired Rivers since he was a young boy having met her for the first time when he … Continue reading

Crime in North Korea
Escaping North Korea With the Help of a Stranger

Escaping North Korea With the Help of a Stranger

North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee describes how she escaped from North Korea in 1997 after witnessing the atrocities committed in her country. She lived as an illegal immigrant in China then sought asylum in South Korea. Lee then speaks of her tumultuous journey trying to get her family out of … Continue reading

Billie Holiday
Etta James on Her Jazz Idols Like Billie Holiday

Etta James on Her Jazz Idols Like Billie Holiday

American singer-songwriter Etta James talks about how she sees herself as more than just a r&b singer and discusses the female singers that have inspired her. James says she personally knew Diana Washington and Billie Holiday, claiming, “They led the life they sang about.” She unapologetically explains how her music’s … Continue reading

Nashville Sit-Ins
Fear Did Not Stop Diane Nash from Leading Nashville Sit-Ins


Civil rights strategist Diane Nash was a chairperson and leader of the campaign to end racially segregated lunch counters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee–a campaign now known as the Nashville sit-ins, which lasted from February 13 to May 10, 1960. Nash led a group of young students to sit-in at segregated … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson Reflects on Her Influential Tennis Career


In this documentary narrated by Maya Angelou, tennis player Althea Gibson reflects on her successful career in the late 1950s and beyond. Gibson describes her experience at Wimbledon in 1957, during which she became the first black woman to win the tennis tournament. She reflects on the anxiety she felt while competing … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
How Althea Gibson Broke Boundaries for Black Athletes

Althea Gibson

In this segment from “Althea Gibson: A Documentary,” Gibson is praised for becoming the first black woman to win the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Championship and Wimbledon in 1957. Fellow tennis players, such as Dr. Harold Freeman, discuss how Gibson’s triumphs were exceptional because tennis was previously offered exclusively to … Continue reading

Bill Clinton
Madeleine Albright on Getting Call to be Secretary of State

Madeleine Albright

In this interview with MAKERS, a project that speaks with influential women in America, Madeleine Albright describes how she was asked to be the first female Secretary of State. Albright recalls that Erskine Bowles, the then White House Deputy Chief of Staff, asked her if she was interested in the … Continue reading

Cuban Revolution
Celia Sánchez: One of the Most Important Women Behind the Cuban Revolution


Writer Nancy Stout talks about Celia Sánchez and her impact on the Cuban Revolution. Sánchez played a large role behind the scenes during the revolution and Stout claims that is why not many people outside of Cuba even know who she is. Sánchez was a close friend of Fidel Castro … Continue reading