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Toi Derricotte: Black Boys Play the Classics

their slick, dark faces,
their thin, wiry arms,
who must begin to look
like angels!

June 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: Two Poems

When you’re not the target
you can ignore the gun.

June 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: While I Yet Live

A trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where masterpieces hang from clotheslines.

June 5, 2022 · 4 Comments

Toi Derricotte: Holy Cross Hospital

would our bodies be the same? could we hide among the
childless? she always reminded me of a lady at the bridge
club in her mother’s shoes, playing her mother’s hand.

May 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

James Baldwin: A Talk to Teachers

The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it—at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.

March 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Kenyatta R. Gilbert: John Lewis and the masks Black preachers wear on the public stage

Preaching, in their understanding, tells the truth about suffering in the contexts of fear and death. Ultimately it declares that evil and despair have an appointed end. Because of this, as John Lewis said in his posthumously publishe op-ed: “Each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up, and speak out.”

February 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Keisha N. Blain: The hidden history of black nationalist women’s political activism

Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the historical contributions of black people in the United States. Too often, however, this history focuses on black men, sidelining black women and diminishing their contributions.

February 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Black Owned — Chicago

Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Andrew Reginald Hairston: Pandemic Reflections on Money

I did everything right, but I perpetually had very little money.

February 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

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