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Thomas W. Fraser: Overcoming Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘three evils of society’

We can still bend the arc of history through a ceaseless pursuit of beloved community.

September 22, 2021 · 2 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

Robin D.G. Kelley and George Yancy: The Tulsa Race Massacre Went Way Beyond “Black Wall Street”

The 1921 Tulsa race massacre wrought widespread destruction. In addition to acknowledging the horror of that particular event, we must confront the systemic, genocidal, state-sanctioned, racist violence that is pervasive in the United States.

June 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

James L. Gelvin: As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

As in the United States, a brutalized minority group, facing systemic racism and discriminatory acts has taken to the streets. And, as in the United States, the only way out starts with serious soul searching on the part of the majority.

May 17, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: What the Rain Says

She would die soon but neither of us knew that. Right now, the precious hours were dissolving in the pale afternoon light, just as the rain began again.

May 9, 2021 · 8 Comments

Michael T. Young: Sitting in the Dark

On the day another black man is shot
I sit with my family watching sparrows
pick through soil warmed in sunlight.

April 20, 2021 · 7 Comments

George Yancy: Cornel West | The Whiteness of Harvard and Wall Street Is “Jim Crow, New Style”

We are bluesmen and women and we are never, ever surprised by evil, we are never ever paralyzed by despair.

March 12, 2021 · 5 Comments

Philip Levine: They Feed They Lion

They feed they Lion and he comes

November 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: The Atlantic Slave Trade

Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy.

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Liberty

Issues of politics, gentrification, community and epistemology subtly collide in Humes’s evocative and assured short film, Liberty, which has won awards at Berlin, SXSW and the Miami Film Festival.

July 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Villanelle for Lady Day

Billie said, “If I’m going to sing like someone
else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Let’s
just say I was white and knew how to conform.

June 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Arlene Weiner: A Photo of Jalen, Age 12, in a Batman Costume

Say yes, sir when the officers stop you
for the fourteenth time, looking
for somebody

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Liberal Redneck | Minnesota Burning

Justice for George Floyd. These cops are out of control, y’all.

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

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