The Day After They Shoot

By Dominique Matti for Medium cross posted with permission. The day after they shoot, there is a noose tightly wound around my heart. My bed is quicksand, my blood some thick molasses sludging through my veins. My steps are slow. Everything is weighted. Everything is painful. Everything is as it is over and over again. Having … [Read more...]

Why Not Being Colorblind is a Good Thing

By Adriel Luis at Change.org When I was in fifth grade, my very liberal teacher decided to familiarize our class with the concept of race. Since teaching a roomful of 12-year-olds about things like the cycle of oppression can be somewhat complicated, he turned to some abstract metaphors to help him out. "A melting pot is the … [Read more...]

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (Hardcover)

From Publishers Weekly Whether it's hip-hop diva Lil' Kim's "weave of the week" or activist Angela Davis's Afro, black hair evinces the power to set trends and define icons. In this entertaining and concise survey, Byrd (a research chief for Vibe) and Tharps (a reporter for Entertainment Weekly) revel in the social, cultural and … [Read more...]