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Adrienne Maree Brown: Accountable to Our Ancestors

Lately it feels like ancestors are talking to me all the time.

November 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Bree Jones | How to Revitalize a Neighborhood Without Gentrification

Equitable housing developer and TED Fellow Bree Jones shares how she found a way to revitalize neighborhoods experiencing hyper-vacancy while preventing gentrification — supporting home buyers and transforming communities along the way.

October 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tiffani Patton: How a Methodist Preacher Became a Champion for Black-Led Sustainable Agriculture

Drought and extreme heat notwithstanding, Hutson said his dream—to make Allensworth once again a beacon of hope for Americans of color—is slowly becoming a reality.

September 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: America’s Right Wing Is Some Stoked To Erase Our Historical Sins

Biden: “Great nations don’t hide from their history. They acknowledge their past, both the triumphs and the tragedies.”

August 30, 2022 · 6 Comments

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.

August 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

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

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