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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

Myisha Cherry: From the erotic to the political – the legacy of Audre Lorde

The feminist poet and scholar Audre Lorde left a legacy that my generation, women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ community have widely and wisely embraced. And we still … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Roe v. Wade Draft Bodes Ill for Air, Wetlands and EPA

If Alito’s draft remains the foundation of the court’s final ruling, then he is also likely prepared to let white-run industry off the hook for fouling the land, air, rivers, and lakes, poisoning communities, which today are disproportionately of color.

May 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

Anita Gonzalez: A white librettist wrote an opera about Emmett Till – and some critics are calling for its cancellation

To me, the backlash against the white librettist is ultimately a waste of time. Not only is there room for works done in collaboration with Black artists, but cross-cultural, interethnic collaborations also add to the richness and versatility of performed storytelling.

May 10, 2022 · 3 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

George Yancy: bell hooks, We Will Always Rage On With You

You see, bell, who left us on December 15, 2021, wasn’t just a public intellectual to me, a prominent writer; she was a friend.

December 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” – Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13, as Moses directs the Israelites to appoint officials who will govern justly.

April 22, 2021 · 5 Comments

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

February 26, 2021 · 6 Comments

Isabella Garcia: Re-Visionary Artists

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

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Environmental Justice Movement Moves Front and Center in the Biden Administration

The influence of the environmental justice movement in the Biden administration is already visible.

January 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Richard Levine: One Night in America

The first time I noticed my hands
trembling, I was still a young man,
just returned from a war…

January 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Progressives Back Rep. Cori Bush’s Resolution to Expel Lawmakers Who Incited Violent Siege of Capitol

The siege of the Capitol came after an inflammatory speech by the president and as over 100 Republicans in Congress were in the process of contesting the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

January 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Olivia Pace: Policing keeps us safe? It’s a myth. Here’s why.

When you peel back the facade, police and military perpetuate violence on a personal and professional level.

December 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

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