Focus on Virginia blackface scandal misses a bigger point

CNN, Monday, February 18, 2019
(CNN)The blackface scandal that has ensnared three of Virginia's top officials provides an opportunity for America to address its long legacy of racism. There's a danger, though, that this teachable moment will be lost.  When racism is rendered a historic artifact rather than a present-day... Read More »

I’m Not Here to Answer Your Black History Month Questions

New York Times-The Edit, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
It’s a scene that may sound familiar to many black students. You’re one of few people of color in the room, and the discussion turns to race or black history. Then your entire class looks to you to weigh in. Matthew Kashay, a 17-year-old student from Los Angeles, remembers when a question came... Read More »

It’s not whether Kamala Harris is ‘black enough,’ critics say, but whether her policies will support native black Americans

The Inquirer, Monday, February 11, 2019
The day Kamala Harris announced she was running for president, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less, the senator from California seemed primed to dazzle. If nominated, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father would be the first black or Indian American woman to run for the White... Read More »

Trey Walk brings campus activism, community involvement to his campaign for Young Trustee

The Duke Chronicle , Monday, February 11, 2019
Young Trustee finalist Trey Walk, a senior, isn't afraid to speak out. Walk was a leader when a group of student protesters took to the stage during alumni weekend activities last April, and he's a member of several campus and community groups working on issues like homelessness and... Read More »

Time to live the politically impossible art of the Gospel

The National Catholic Reporter, Friday, February 8, 2019
Lost in recording the daily onslaught of lies from the president of the United States and of the public discourse over the individual racist culpability of Covington Catholic High School students or the governor of Virginia, is the greater lie upon which our nation and society is built.... Read More »

Why Is This Happening? Talking 'thick' descriptions with Tressie McMillan Cottom

NBC News, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Why do we summarize things into "tweet-length versions?" It requires the flattening of nuance and personality and information that we need to talk about complicated things. Whether it’s the 280 characters of a tweet or a clickbait headline, we’re trafficking in hollowed out means of... Read More »

Why Successful New Businesses Are Still A Black And White Issue

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Great Recession is behind us, and business is booming: new business especially. After a major slump, entrepreneurs are opening shop every month, from mom-and-pop stores to high-growth tech firms. But not all aspiring business owners are able to create the companies they would like to. ... Read More »

Welcome to Detroit, where black babies are at higher risk of death

The Guardian, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kaiesha Rivers slowly lowered her aching body into her bathtub. It had been an exhausting day and all she wanted to do was relax. But a few minutes into soaking, she felt a rush of cold water down her leg followed by a deep pain in her cervix. “This can’t be,” Rivers thought. “Not again.” Her... Read More »

A 'broken ladder': Anirudh Krishna studies complexity of poverty and how people escape it

Duke Chronicle, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Poverty is more complex than you might think, according to Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson professor of public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Krishna’s research focuses on the way people fall into poverty and how they can escape it. Recently, he established a network of “... Read More »

Black Culture Won’t Save Kamala Harris

The Nation, Monday, January 28, 2019
Kamala Harris is campaigning like she knows Black History Month is coming up. She announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Day. She’s breathlessly recounted how her parents met during the civil-rights movement. She played Tupac at her book signings, danced to Cardi B, and even... Read More »