TUNDRA: Episode 1

Jeremiah Chapman

February 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

TUNDRA: Cold Journey to Justice is a docu-series that captures the cold climate found in marginalized communities across the U.S. This series will feature interviews with community leaders on efforts they are mounting to combat oppressive policies and systems of injustice on a local, state and federal level. This series will also generate research through […]

Looking for “Whitelash”

Community Change

November 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Originally published by Neiman Reports.  The signs that someone like Donald Trump was coming were right there, in online comments lousy with creatively spelled racial slurs that slipped past even the best filters. They were in the vicious tweets and voicemail nasty grams aimed at journalists of color, especially when we wrote about race. It […]

To the Women Who Are Afraid

Alison Stine

November 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Photo credits to Nshepard via Flickr Creative Commons. Originally published on MomsRising.  There’s a nagging suspicion inside you that something is wrong. He calls you names. He denies your feelings. He talks over you; yells at you; humiliates you; and re-writes reality, including the reality of what happened to you. Maybe you wouldn’t call it abuse, […]

Little Girls Are Busting Gender Norms in a Year That Hasn’t Been Super Kind to Women

Fred McKissack Jr.

November 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

Photo credit: Aberdeen Proving Ground via Flickr Creative Commons Originally published on The Huffington Post.   In our Fort Wayne neighborhood, Halloween is a serious candy free-for-all. We bought 12 pounds of candy and were out within an hour, and this as kids were still dashing from house to house, parents in tow. But the […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit Has People Talking About Who and What Really is Dividing Us

Community Change

October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Originally published by The Undefeated. Did a Saturday Night Live sketch last week hint at a future hard to envision in today’s bitter political climate — a future in which black and white people join forces against a broken government? That’s what Colleen Wessel-McCoy hopes. She and hundreds of others are working to organize a […]

White Supremacy Kills, No Matter Who Pulls the Trigger

Community Change

September 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Photo credits to Fuseboxradio. Originally published on The Undefeated. I want to watch the video of Terence Crutcher being killed by Tulsa, Oklahoma, police, because I want to see something that would explain why police killed him. Like maybe the 40-year-old black man moved too quickly or too slowly after his car broke down Friday […]

Lack of Black Children’s Books Are Still a Problem

Fred McKissack Jr.

August 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Photo credits to Pettifoggist.  Originally published on The Undefeated. My mother and my father remember chatting with friends at a nondescript table at the 1989 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. Sitting with them were Walter Dean Myers, Jim Haskins, Virginia Hamilton and her husband Arnold Adoff — all award-winning writers of fiction and nonfiction […]

There Is Reason for Black Women to Fear Traffic Stops

Community Change

August 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

Photo credits to Luca Venturi.  Originally published on The Undefeated.  Not long after I arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last August for a yearlong fellowship, a friend back in Memphis, Tennessee, asked me how I liked the city. I raved about the city’s walkability and the beauty of Boston’s subways. Compared with Memphis’ horribly inefficient bus systems, […]

Police Already Have Broad Powers to Detain Us; And the Supreme Court Gave Them Even More

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

July 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Photo credits: Tony Webster. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.  Originally published on Common Dreams.  I don’t want to end up like Alton Sterling. Or Philando Castile. Or Eric Garner. Or Freddie Gray. Or Amadou Diallo. I don’t want to end up dead after a police stop, probably based on wrongful suspicion, which leads cowardly police officers […]

We Need to Rethink the Role of Police in Our Lives

Community Change

July 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

Photo credits to B. C. Lorio. Originally posted on The Huffington Post.  It was only a matter of time before actor activist Jesse Williams‘ all-the-way woke speech on BET the last week of June would be made all too real. It took 10 days. On Wednesday, July 6, the country awoke to another instance of police […]

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