According to scholars, one in four cowboys in Texas during the golden age of westward expansion was black; many others were Mexican, mestizo, or Native American—a far more diverse group than Hollywood stereotypes would suggest.

The photos in an exciting new exhibit, “Black Cowboy,” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, suggest that that many common conceptions of what an iconic American looks like are wrong. Read more about the exhibit, and see more photos here. 

Obie Awards host and Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria will be answering your questions TOMORROW Thursday, May 19th at 6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT. The 61st annual Obie Awards presented by the Village Voice and the American Theatre Wing celebrates the best of what downtown theatre has to offer in the party of the year at Webster Hall. Want to know more about the Big-Boo-playing, David-Bowie-loving, off-Broadway-performing, stand-up-extraordinaire LEA DELARIA? Drop us a line at or check out Lea’s answers at