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Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

George Heymont | Posted 11.15.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Women in the arts have become increasingly outspoken about the blatant misogyny and gender bias they face in the entertainment industry.

The Definitive Book Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me

Kelley Calkins | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Kelley Calkins

Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.

Watch James Baldwin Break Down Our Present-Day Race Problem In 1968

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

Sometimes, all you need is 60 seconds to break down even the most complicated idea.  Take the above clip, for instance, from a 1968 epi...

To Be a Latino in This Country and to Be Relatively Conscious Is to Be In a Rage Almost All the Time

César Vargas | Posted 09.21.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

There's a reason why racism and discrimination is called systemic. It means it happens everywhere with everything. So yes, I have an issue with injustice everywhere. Not just the injustice that I think affects me.

The Mystery of Rosenwald

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how I never heard of a man, who might arguably have done more good for black Americans than anyone in history.

Blaming the Victims: 245 Years Ago and Today

Rahsaan Hall | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Rahsaan Hall

When we as a nation look upon the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the marches in New York and Boston, the narrative denies these people the honorific title of patriots. But that is in fact what they are: patriots, people who love and strongly support or fight for their country.

The Charge to Be Fair: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Roxane Gay

It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.

How Perfectionism Tears Us Down

Matt Baume | Posted 08.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Just about all of us feel pressure to be more than we are. And ambition is great, but that impulse can turn into destructive guilt when you fail to measure up. That failure's self-fulfilling, whether it's little gay boys wishing they were straight, or big gay men comparing each other at the gym.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cormac McCarthy Walk Into a Bar

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
T. Elijah Hawkes

Well, not a bar -- a book group. (Though this book group has convened in bars.) My book group is unsure of what to read next. Perhaps we'll read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. There is debate about this, but since I'll be hosting, the final decision falls to me.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Harper Lee's Fiction Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' Fact

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

It's a spectacular irony that "Go Set a Watchman" and "Between the World and Me" are published on the same day. One book is fiction, a footnote to literature. The other is perhaps the most important book of the year.

Dear White People: We Are All Atticus Finch

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

Being that Atticus Finch doesn't require that we attend white supremacy meetings, support police brutality or poison our own children with hate. It merely requires that we maintain our innocence amidst the maw of institutionalized racism, and mask our complicity in that system via periodic outrages at current events that clash with the saintly pictures we have painted of ourselves.

"God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign, No More Water But Fire Next Time;" Black Church Burnings Post Charleston Tragedy

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Over the years there has been a long list of attacks targeting predominantly Black churches in the United States as a mode of social control and as a manifestation of terror and White supremacy.

Dylann Roof Went to School

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Whether it's literature or some other key that opens the door, it's important that school communities explicitly reflect on our readiness to offer these children, and all children, the opportunities for moral development and moral leadership that our nation needs.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

Not Your Mother's James Baldwin

Chase Quinn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Chase Quinn

A collage of song, multi-media and narrative poetry, Notes of a Native Song is as much an ode to the prolific artist and author of the essay Notes of a Native Son, as it is a critique of the canonization of Baldwin's work and the sterilization of his public image.

A Little Person's Antidote to Bullying

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.

Gabriel Arana

How The Nation Is Facing The New Era Of Journalism | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media

Victor Navasky -- The Nation’s editor for 18 years, publisher for 10, and now publisher emeritus -- has a saying about the magazine: “What’s goo...

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Hope and Struggle

George C. Gardner III | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
George C. Gardner III

Only in the last few weeks has the temperature in New York City descended to consistently freezing lows, yet I've been numb since last summer. I am contemplating still the murder of Michael Brown.

These Photos of Shelter Dogs as Famous Authors Are Awesome

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."

What Would James Baldwin Say About Ferguson?

Alain Mabanckou | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Alain Mabanckou

Today it is less about defining or redefining what it means to be "Black," as it is about how we will carry on the flame of freedom that inspired those who died for our right to express ourselves freely, to say along with the poet Langston Hughes, "I, too, am America."

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

The Special Quality That Makes James Baldwin So Great

Off The Shelf | Posted 02.28.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Pronoy Sarkar for Off the Shelf There is something about him. What is it, what is it? Oh, I don't know. I can't put it into words. But I'm telling...