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Blog Archive

Wed, 24.02.2021

A Shot in the Dark

As the rollout of coronavirus vaccines unfolds, one big challenge for public health officials has been the skepticism many Black people have toward the vaccine. One notorious medical study — the Tuskegee experiment — has been cited as a reason. But should it be?

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Wed, 17.02.2021

Becoming ‘Black Moses’

Marcus Garvey was an immigrant, a firebrand, a businessman. He was viewed with deep suspicion by the civil rights establishment. He would also become one of the most famous and powerful Black visionaries of the 20th century. Our play-cousins at NPR’s Throughline podcast went deep on how he became the towering (and often misunderstood) figure […]

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Tue, 19.01.2021

The Last Four Years

The Trump administration is coming to a close, but which elements of the Trump era are here to stay? We spoke to NPR’s White House reporter, Ayesha Rascoe, about where we were when Donald Trump took office — and what he’s left behind.

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Wed, 30.12.2020

The Fire Still Burning

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that history informs every aspect of our present. So today we’re bringing you an episode of NPR’s history podcast, Throughline. It gets into some of the most urgent lessons we can learn from James Baldwin, whose life and writing illuminate so much about what it would really mean […]

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Wed, 16.12.2020

Black Up In Arms

Guns. They’re as American as apple pie. They represent independence and self-reliance. But … not so much if you’re Black. On this episode, we’re getting into the complicated history of Black gun ownership and what it has to tell us about our present moment.

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Wed, 28.10.2020

The Latinx Vote Comes of Age

For the first time in election history, Latinos are projected to be the second-largest voting demographic in the country. The reason? Gen Z Latinx voters, many of whom are casting a ballot for the first time in 2020. So we asked a bunch of them: Who do you plan to vote for? What issues do […]

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Wed, 02.09.2020

What does ‘Hood Feminism’ mean for a Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated issues that disproportionately affect women. So on this episode, we’re talking to Mikki Kendall — author of the new book, Hood Feminism — about what on-the-ground feminism practiced by women of color can teach us that the mainstream feminist movement has forgotten.

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Wed, 02.09.2020

Black Like Who?

It’s one of the thorniest questions in any theoretical plan for reparations for black people: Who should get them? On this episode, we dig into some ideas about which black people should and shouldn’t receive a payout — which one expert estimates would cost at least $10 trillion.

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Wed, 02.09.2020

Why Now, White People?

The video is horrific, and the brutality is stark. But that was the case in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and Minnesota in 2016. This time, though, white people are out in the streets in big numbers, and books such as “So You Want to Talk About Race” and “How to Be an Antiracist” top the bestseller lists. So we asked some white people: What’s different this time?

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Wed, 02.09.2020

When Civility Is Used As A Cudgel Against People Of Color

For people of color, “civility” is often a means of containing them, preventing social mobility and preserving the status quo. by KAREN GRIGSBY BATES

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

I wake up every morning Honey with the risin' sun I wake up every morning Baby with the risin' sun Thinkin' about my honeydripper And all the wrong she's done When you see my baby Tell... LITTLE BITTIE GAL’S BLUES written by Joe Turner.
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