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When the Cameras Have Gone, Our Babies Are Dead

In Social Justice by Eve L. EwingLeave a Comment

They could be any women you might pass in the grocery store, or at the post office; they could be your coworkers or someone you recall seeing around the neighborhood. At first glance, there is little that unites them…except their eyes.  The women are ordinary enough. But their eyes—darkened, troubled, looking askance, half-lidded in sorrow—tell…

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Concealed Carry as a Black Woman: How Safe Are You?

In Social Justice by Tonia ThompsonLeave a Comment

Envision someone with concealed weapons permit and you’ll probably imagine a gun-totin’ redneck. But while white males do comprise the overwhelming majority of permits, Black Americans are increasingly applying to carry a gun for protection. As more threats and acts of racial violence make the news, Black people are right to fear for their safety,…

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Thank You for Your Unreasonable Demands

In News & Politics, Social Justice by Victor RayLeave a Comment

"Did you look at the demands? The demands, the things that they're asking for, many of those things are like, crazy.”—Donald Trump on the University of Missouri Protests “For as long as black students have been asking for these accommodations, critics have been painting them as unreasonable, entitled and dangerous.”—Gene Demby   To students of…

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The Tyranny of the P.C. Police

In Education by Samuel EllisonLeave a Comment

A few months ago, Wesley Morris, deemed 2015 “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity”. Morris, one of the foremost Black culture critics writing today, argued that last year our culture was confronted with identity and its intersections in ways that we are not yet accustomed to. A more accurate characterization might be that we have…

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What We Bring to Light: A Conversation with John Legend

In Art & Media, Entertainment, Social Justice by JosieLeave a Comment

John Legend has ten Grammy awards. This may be the least interesting thing about him. After all, plenty of remarkably talented musicians also choose silence— especially in times like this one, where expressing one's politics is more likely than ever to alienate potential audience. But Legend has done just the opposite. Legend has always supported…

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The Digital Souls of Black Folk

In Culture, Social Justice by Rob HendersonLeave a Comment

My best friend is white and last year, we lived together. It happened fast— my relationship with my mom had been toxic for a while and one day, in the heat of argument, I couldn’t stop myself from giving voice to the things I carry around. Things she gave me. And when you’re 23 and…

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Your Own Black Self: A Conversation with Netta

In Social Justice by Clint SmithLeave a Comment

Like so many of us, I first encountered Johnetta (Netta) Elzie via her Twitter account in August of 2014. The unrest in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown was growing, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that what I saw on television wasn’t telling the entire story. Netta’s account, amongst others, provided on-the-ground and…

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Scholarship Girl, Interrupted

In Education by kailaphiloLeave a Comment

Here is a snapshot of my past 24 hours: It is now 9:11 pm and I’ve just finished dinner. I got home at 8 from a half-hour commute after a 2.5-hour class. Before that, I spent a few hours filing and shredding for the professor I work for, which was after a counseling session from…

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Who’s Responsible for Mass Incarceration?

In News & Politics by JosieLeave a Comment

Two major articles by criminal justice experts last week roundly criticized Hillary Clinton for her support of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Both pieces are brilliant— I suggest you read them— and I fundamentally agree with their analysis of how the Clinton administration's use of tough-on-crime rhetoric perpetuated the demonization…