Over the past few years, there has been several breakthroughs in astrophysics related to black holes, namely the first detection of gravitational wave which led to the Nobel prize in physics in 2017, and the first direct image of the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy M87, announced just ast week. In this talk, I will attempt to explain these milestone discoveries in layman’s terms, covering the basic theoretical ideas dating back to Einstein, the detection methods, and the technological and engineering advances that enabled the realizations of these old ideas.