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Video: James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley (1965)

Here is the full 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

February 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Trauma of Systematic Racism is Killing Black Women

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women — and build communities in the process.

February 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Balcony

In a neighbourhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent immigrant who is the victim of prejudice and shame.

December 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’ and a real estate empire’s racist foundations

In 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald. And yes, Woody wrote a song about it.

August 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Letter from my 60th Birthday

I broke into tears before the great abbey door because the lament of the elements had overwhelmed my heart.

August 18, 2019 · 8 Comments

Jose Padua: Where I’m From And The End Of These Days of Smooth Skin

Walk so that everyone knows where you’ve been
and where you’re going, weathering
both trouble and affection, the gravel roads
turning into dirt.

August 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Art of Moving or Alternate Interpretations of an Old Blues Song

Back then, whether or not you agreed with the white man, you didn’t question him, because that meant trouble and my family didn’t want trouble with anyone.

June 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: 8 Must-Reads by Women Who Take on White Supremacy and Patriarchal Power

These authors pull no punches as they take on topics of race, gender, and justice.

March 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Christer Petley: How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Home Sorrow and the Million Ways We Make It Through the World

That weekend was one of those that reminded us of what we love about living in the northern Shenandoah Valley—namely, events like the performance in Castleton, Virginia, some twenty-five miles … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis — Next Stop: Xenogenesis

 In memory of Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006)  In the bus bay, stark half-darkness of a ship corridor, propellant smell of diesel. Clayark obliterates Greyhound—blur of fur on … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

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