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Native Son: Marin Theatre Company Takes on Richard Wright's Classic Novel

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.27.2017 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

It's not surprising that Marin Theatre Company artistic director Jasson Minadakis has centered the company's fiftieth anniversary season on Native Son...

Trump Promises to Make America Wealthy Again

David Vognar | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
David Vognar

What is it about people who see value only in money that they don't get there is a wide range of more important, and more giving, values. The desire t...

Memo To Black Folk: Don't Be So Thirsty For Trump's Kool-Aid

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

In the very same week that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the person I regard as the greatest American we've ever produced, we will also witness the ascension to power of a vacuous American fraud, a con man who epitomizes the worst of public life.

The Obamas' Low-Tech Parenting

Richard Freed | Posted 01.12.2017 | Parents
Richard Freed

While parents often buy their children fancy devices hoping that they'll foster learning, youth tend to look upon tech differently, as teens' top two online activities are gaming and social networking.

President Barack Obama: The Privilege Of A Lifetime!

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Suzan Johnson Cook

I'm Dorothy's Daughter, from a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, and you blessed me with an amazing opportunity and gift, to be the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

We Shall Overcome: HIV/AIDS Advocacy In 2017

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.12.2017 | Impact
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

The fight against the virus has always been a struggle. This election did not change that fundamental truth. Much work remains to be done to achieve the end of the epidemic. We all need to keep advocating.

Meet 217 #Muslims2Follow in 2017

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.09.2017 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

Some authors write for posterity. I write for obsolescence. As an activist, my aim is to make my work irrelevant as soon as possible by helping end th...

Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 12.22.2016 | Education
Greater Good Science Center

By Jill Suttie A friend of mine recently told me about an incident involving students at Berkeley High School. On the first day of classes, African-...

White Conservative Christians Will Not Impact The Culture Until...

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Why has the majority church continued to be silent while a presidential candidate now president-elect traffics in hate and promotes violence against anyone who does not look like or agree with him?

Trump Voters Think African Americans Are Much Less Deserving Than 'Average Americans'

Michael Tesler | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Tesler

Racially resentful beliefs that African Americans are getting more than they deserve were so strongly linked to support for Trump, in fact, that their impact on both the 2016 Republican Primary and the general election were larger than they had ever been in before.

The Eerily Familiar North Carolina Coup We've All Forgotten

Ben Railton | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

Although it can be hard to decide where to find the most outrageous political news as this autumn of awfulness turns to an even worse winter, North Ca...

California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Neon Tommy / On this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with Zev Yaroslavsky, one of the leaders of California'...

I Am Not Your Negro

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Just in case you need a reminder that racism is not dead, James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, has left behind ...

As President Obama Prepares To Leave The White House, It Is Time To Look Back On The Reconstruction Era

Dr. Mark Echols | Posted 12.14.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Mark Echols

It has often been said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it; however, as with many clichés and trite sayings, the truth ...

For the Culture: A Reflection on Studying African American Religion

Sharde' Chapman | Posted 12.12.2016 | Religion
Sharde' Chapman

Religious studies for all of the progress that has been made in including a more diverse set of narratives is still largely dominated by dead white guys who talked about rationality and being with respect to white male bodies

What's Love Got To Do With It? Now We've All Got To Feast On Donald Trump's Brand of American Pie

Chandra Thomas Whitfield | Posted 12.09.2016 | Black Voices
Chandra Thomas Whitfield

Who could forget that famous scene in the classic flick "What's Love Got To Do With It." Iconic entertainer Tina Turner, whose birth name is Anna Mae ...

Navigating Social Relationships As A Black Person Living In A Donald Trump Era

Terri Linton | Posted 12.09.2016 | Black Voices
Terri Linton

I admit it. I was one of the people who majorly overestimated the progress of our country. While I recognized that there was a chance (maybe even ...

It's About The 100% Of Black Children: The 94 % In Traditional Schools AND The 6% In Charter Schools

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 12.06.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

For most parents and students, the bottom line is very clear! Schools are supposed to be for kids.

Fractures in the coalition of the ascendant

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Murali Balaji

My close friend Andre is passionate about civil rights and is a scion of a Tuskegee University family. He's also a Donald Trump voter. Andre is a b...

Grieving For The America I Thought I Knew

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 11.28.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

I was feeling the kind of grief that has been far too familiar to me. I learned a lot about grief in all the years of losing friends to AIDS, starting in my twenties, and my father and other dear friends to cancer. I had written about it over the years, too.

Thank Liberalism for Donald Trump

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Ten years ago, I predicted the rise of a new form fascism in the United States and Europe, suggesting that the injustices and contradictions of the capitalist system were growing too large to be contained any longer by the existing liberal political order.

Roses Among the Ruins

Susan Eleuterio | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Susan Eleuterio

Reflections on the election- roses among the ruins By Susan Eleuterio For the last four days, I went door to door in Hammond, Indiana, canvassing for...

Donald Trump and Hate in America

William S. Becker | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

This is the first in a series of posts exploring some of the things that must change in government and society to fix America, including the deep divi...

For All Our Sakes, I Wish You Well

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

I want you to know that America expects better of you as president than what it saw in the campaign you ran. You are now to be our president, and that brings new responsibilities. I hope you feel the call of history to live up to them.

Reconciliation and Resistance in Trump's America

Ben Railton | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

In the aftermath of Donald Trump's stunning victory, and in response to the anti-Trump protests in numerous cities driven by the hashtag activist move...