Nneka M. Okona: The Imposition of Black Grief
For Black people in the United States, grief and loss are intertwined with our very being. Our ancestors knew the trauma of loss intimately…
Video: Why We Must Confront the Painful Parts of US History | Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame Jeffries emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how painful, into our understanding of modern society — so we can disrupt the continuum of inequality massively affecting marginalized communities.
Video: While I Yet Live
A trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where masterpieces hang from clotheslines.
Martha Collins: Blessing
there, and throughout our earth, let us grieve
for the graves we robbed, and then
let us bless the graves of the dead that remain
Terry Blackhawk: My Father Goes to Sunday School
What are you doing here?
an elder asked, a deacon perhaps, or prayer leader.
Earl S. Braggs: Such is the Love Story of Sally
It was not the first time that Thomas Jefferson asked
her to dance.
George Yancy, Brian Burkhart: US Founders Demonized Indigenous People While Coopting Their Political Practices
In 1907, Peter Bryce did a study of Indian residential schools in Canada and discovered a 69 percent mortality rate among the students. Would you send your child to a “school” with a 69 percent mortality rate?
Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities
The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.
Robin D.G. Kelley and George Yancy: The Tulsa Race Massacre Went Way Beyond “Black Wall Street”
The 1921 Tulsa race massacre wrought widespread destruction. In addition to acknowledging the horror of that particular event, we must confront the systemic, genocidal, state-sanctioned, racist violence that is pervasive in the United States.
Video: A Concerto Is a Conversation
Featuring intimate cinematography from the Canadian director Ben Proudfoot and a stirring score provided by Kris Bowers himself, the film tracks the musical rhythms of a conversation between loved ones, and across the generations, with grace and heart.
Video: What Gordon Parks Saw
‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)
Countee Cullen: Heritage
Africa? A book one thumbs
Listlessly, till slumber comes.
Unremembered are her bats
Circling through the night, her cats
Crouching in the river reeds
Video: Black Owned — Jackson
Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.
Ray Levy Uyeda: How Organizers Are Fighting an American Legacy of Forced Sterilization
The U.S. has a history of sterilizing women without their knowledge or permission, but states are working to make up for past mistakes.