African American leaders share their thoughts on important moments in black history. Legendary poet and professor Nikki Giovanni sits with EBONY.com to discuss the past, present, and future of being Black in America. Renowned actors Blair Underwood and Angela Bassett recall the 2002 Oscars, where Denzel Washington and Halle Berry received awards for Best Actor and Actress in a leading role. Sidney Poitier also received an honorary Oscar that evening for contribution to the film industry. Jurnee Smollett-Bell talks about Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Political activist Van Jones shares his thoughts about witnessing the aftermath of the Rodney King trials and LA riots, along with the progress of the Black Lives Matter movement for social justice.