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Now Streaming on Demand: Black Authors and Public Intellectuals

by Jamilah King, April 14, 2014

Once confined to the Ivory Tower or the nearest bookstore, their work is now just a click away.

Economy

How Some Tax Preparers Feed on the Working Poor

by Imara Jones, April 10, 2014

By siphoning off hundreds of dollars in fees from some of the nation's neediest taxpayers, the $100 billion tax preparation industry can diminish the economic lifeline that tax refunds have come to be for millions of America's struggling families.

How We Eat

Six Books That Shaped 'Afro-Vegan' Author Bryant Terry

by Julianne Hing, April 8, 2014

Food activist and author Bryant Terry shares the books that shaped him and his understanding of his place in the world.

The Latest News & Analysis in Racial Justice

DREAMer Leaves U.S. by Choice, Ends Up at Harvard

DREAMer Leaves U.S. by Choice, Ends Up at Harvard

by Aura Bogado on April 24 2014, 7:00AM

Berenice Villegas left because the U.S. didn’t want her—but was then welcomed back.

Topics: Immigration

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of Play

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of “Illmatic”

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 7:00AM

The two men behind a new film about Nas’ classic debut album talk about the community that made it happen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Truth About the Housing Rebound

The Truth About the Housing Rebound

by Imara Jones on April 22 2014, 7:00AM

The housing market may be back, but it’s returning in a way that only enlarges existing inequities.

Topics: Economy

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

by Brentin Mock on April 21 2014, 7:45AM

Vanishing Pearls director Nailah Jefferson restores black fishers deleted from the BP oil spill saga.

Topics: Voting Rights, Environment

Prison Rape: Getting From Punchline to Serious Crime

Prison Rape: Getting From Punchline to Serious Crime

by Carla Murphy on April 18 2014, 7:00AM

A status check on the under-reported effort to protect prisoners from sexual violence

Topics: Criminal Justice

Onondaga Nation Says the U.S. Violates Human Rights

Onondaga Nation Says the U.S. Violates Human Rights

by Aura Bogado on April 17 2014, 9:00AM

The Onondaga Nation was historically barred from filing a land claim, and then told it was too late when it did. The next stop is an international commission.

Topics: Native Affairs

How the Outcome of the Muslim Spying Case Impacts Everyone

How the Outcome of the Muslim Spying Case Impacts Everyone

by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh on April 15 2014, 7:00AM

Attorney Omar Farah argues that the dismissal of Hassan v. New York carves out an exception to basic protections that can easily be applied to any other group.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Midterm Test: Who's Courting the Youth?

Midterm Test: Who’s Courting the Youth?

by Brentin Mock on April 11 2014, 7:00AM

Not the usual suspects, says Robert “Biko” Baker, League of Young Voters Education Fund executive director

Topics: Politics

After Obamacare Enrollment, Three Critical Steps

After Obamacare Enrollment, Three Critical Steps

by LeeAnn Hall on April 9 2014, 12:40PM

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to eliminate health disparities so people of color are no longer living sicker and dying younger. If we do our job, no mother will ever have to choose between paying the rent or taking her sick child to the doctor.

Topics: Health

How Children's Books Fuel Mascot Stereotypes

How Children’s Books Fuel Mascot Stereotypes

by Aura Bogado on April 7 2014, 7:00AM

Are good children’s books about Natives really that hard to find?

Topics: Arts & Culture

People in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones

People in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

by Brentin Mock on April 1 2014, 7:00AM

The GOP has done poorly with its “minority outreach,” but Democrats aren’t doing too well, either.

Topics: Politics

The Neglected Heroines of 'César Chávez'

The Neglected Heroines of ‘César Chávez’

by Lori Flores on March 31 2014, 7:00AM

In a myriad of ways, it was women who built the farmworker movement around Chávez, sustained it, and continue to lead its modern incarnation.

Topics: Chávez, History