Tag: Race

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Mostly Joking

Behind the scenes with the creator of Black-ish.

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The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa

The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.

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How Black Reporters Report On Black Death

“What it means — for the reporting we do, for the brands we represent, and for our own mental health — that we don’t stop being black people when we’re working as black reporters. That we quite literally have skin in the game.”

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The Unretiring Serena Williams

“Richard Williams raised her to go to war with the world. Post-tennis, she plans to live in it.”

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The Misadventures of Issa Rae

She was an overnight YouTube success. Then she tried to make a TV show.

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The Lost Girls of Rocky Mount

An investigation into serial killings in a small North Carolina city.

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Letter to My Son

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

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"The Conclusion of the Age of the Prophets"

Remembering jazz musician Ornette Coleman.

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Farewell to America

A black British father on his 12 years in the U.S.

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‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’

On black bodies in the age of the Charleston shootings.

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Letter from a Region in My Mind

“I underwent, during the summer that I became fourteen, a prolonged religious crisis. I use “religious” in the common, and arbitrary, sense, meaning that I then discovered God, His saints and angels, and His blazing Hell. And since I had been born in a Christian nation, I accepted this Deity as the only one. I supposed Him to exist only within the walls of a church—in fact, of our church—and I also supposed that God and safety were synonymous.”
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The Man Who Was Caged In A Zoo

The story of Ota Benga, captured in the Congo, displayed at the World’s Fair, and brought to the Bronx Zoo in 1906.