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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

Thaddeus L. Johnson, Natasha N. Johnson: American cities have long struggled to reform their police – but isolated success stories suggest community and officer buy-in might be key

Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success.

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet | Killology Inc: America’s Police

The murders by cop go on – the latest, Lymond Moses, was asleep in his car – prompting furious calls for police reform from many weary of the carnage.

May 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Progressives Welcome Biden’s Slate of Judicial Nominees

The president, said one leading advocate, “is demonstrating his commitment to building a diverse bench of qualified, fair-minded judges with a commitment to equal justice under the law.

April 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

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.

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Isabella Garcia: Re-Visionary Artists

These creators are reclaiming their pasts and futures through transformative art.

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: A Sister’s Hope

Jamira Burley should be another product of the system. Instead, she has used the tragedies of her life to reshape her community, and disrupt the status quo.

February 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tracey L. Rogers: Black Voters Saved Our Democracy

Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.

November 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Philip Levine: They Feed They Lion

They feed they Lion and he comes

November 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

Jennifer Ho: With Kamala Harris, Americans yet again have trouble understanding what multiracial means

While the debates about Harris’ racial identities may seem new given the recent media attention focused on her, they are similar to the commentary other high-profile mixed-race people have received.

September 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Chamber of Commerce says it’s woke

Given how many African Americans die because of polluted air, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is no ally. It is just another cop standing to the side as Black folks are being asphyxiated to death.

August 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day

What drives the current rift between white and Black America, and how as individuals can we effectively contribute to the fight against the worldmaking of whiteness?

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Deesha Philyaw: I Am Not My Ancestors

‘Just don’t try and make a world out of a man, especially a man who’ll still be a boy when you a full-grown woman.’

July 19, 2020 · 10 Comments

John Lewis: Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble

Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.

July 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

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