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Lynn Levin: ‘Masquerade’ by Carolyne Wright

In her new poetry collection, Carolyne Wright recounts a love affair between two poets—he African-American, she white—from its rapturous beginning to its shattering end. Wright gifts us with that rarity in verse: a page turner.

March 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Ruth King: A Journey From Rage to Mindfulness

An approach to examining systems, navigating emotional distress, and increasing social harmony.

March 15, 2022 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Freedom Reads. Books Are a Lifeline To a Still-Flawed World

On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X – former inmate, fierce civil rights warrior, “one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen” and for what he proudly deemed Afro-Americans “our own … Continue reading

February 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Battleground

The short film captures the particular discomfort of having to argue for one’s value in a society that should care instead of question. Kwesi, a Black man, powerfully conveys these feelings to his co-director Mark, a white man, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May, 2020.

February 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: A Dirge for Our Murdered Sons

Oh, America, how many tears do you want
before you stop killing our sons?

January 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Countee Cullen: Yet Do I Marvel

I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind,
And did He stoop to quibble could tell why
The little buried mole continues blind

December 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Miracle Jones | The Radical, Revolutionary Resilience of Black Joy

In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community organizer and activist Miracle Jones offers a heart-to-heart … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The People of the People’s Trail

I am the very accidental Black nature lover.

November 7, 2021 · 13 Comments

Rev. John Dear: The clash between history and today’s movements — a conversation with Rev. James Lawson

Nonviolence is that quality that comes out of all the great world religions, the notion that the creative force of the universe is love.

October 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Earl S. Braggs: Such is the Love Story of Sally

It was not the first time that Thomas Jefferson asked
her to dance.

October 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Thandiwe Newton | Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself

Actor Thandiwe Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. 

August 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Matt Hohner: Hearkening

Something in the calcium and cartilage
of her two dozen years began to ache and fray as she hurled
herself, meteoric, upside-down above earth, her celestial body
tumbling out of a history of performance and measurement,

August 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Nadine Burke Harris | How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mariane Leon: My Suffering Is Not for Sale

We must redistribute wealth and not look at it as a favor, but a call to action.

June 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

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