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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

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

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