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How “Mudbound” Smartly Deconstructs the Mammy Myth

No more whitewashing the history of forced black domestic labor under slavery.

Meghan Markle Is More Than “Descended From Slaves”

To say that Markle is descended from slaves on her maternal side, solely, is to deny the truth.

When Will Janet Jackson Get The Respect She Deserves?

A sincere apology to Janet Jackson would be a step in the right direction and a move towards righting a wrong that should never have occurred.

Democrats, Leave the Racist Dog-Whistling to Republicans

Virginia's gubernatorial race demonstrates that just because Republicans campaign using fear and anger does not mean you should too.

Black Girl In Om: Creating a Space for Women of Color...

In the current climate of our country, self-care is not just helpful; it’s a necessary lifeline.

Free, Free at Last: In Flux, US Playwright Finds Stability

"I’m looking forward to seeing all the protest theater in the next four years."

8 Nonprofit Phrases, From Least to Most Exploitative, Ranked

"Salary commensurate with experience" and other infuriating phrases used by nonprofits.

Meet the Group Standing Up to Your White Nonsense

The volunteer-run White Nonsense Roundup is fighting racism on social media.

Sanford Biggers Sculptures Evoke Violent History

Sanford Biggers' art shoots down racism and violence to combat historical amnesia.

How I Learned the Art of Healing in the Face of...

The ripples of colonialism are still affecting minds today.

“If Only”: Ann, Samuel, and the Love That Might Have Been

Upper-class white woman invites old romantic partner, an ex-slave, for a reunion.

Why I’m Afraid of White Women…and Taylor Swift

She is “innocent” yet wants to be able to inflict harm. That is a terrifying premise.

Post-Obama, Who’s the Right-Wing Boogeyman? Three Guesses.

Without Obama, who will be conservatives new boogeyman in chief?

3 Movements That Prove There is a Demand for More Diverse...

In recent years, there has been a call for more diverse characters in novels.

Playwright Morisseau Revisits Rage in Racist America

Plays need not be perfect to be important.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Reminds Us How to Empathize

In a post-empathy world, Yiadom-Boakye at the New Museum appeals to our humanity.

The Family Party “On Striver’s Row” Is Hot Harlem Satire

Only the fear of becoming impoverished can bring the Van Strivens to speak civilly.

How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

No one believes that full-time criticism is a viable career option, she says.

Are the Arts Just Using Activism Language to Sell Tickets?

When should artists adopt activist language for their work?

Why I No Longer Know How To Relate To Whiteness

Whiteness kills. Understand it. Acknowledge it. Dismantle it. Overcome it. Reject it.