Politics and Government / May 5, 2021 When Reparations Begin at Home

By Jade Boone Evanston Alderman Ciceley Fleming, a sixth-generation Black resident of the Illinois city and a strong advocate for defunding the local police department, was a dissenting voice and the only vote against what many hailed as a landmark local reparations bill. The legislation, which would provide grants of up to $25,000 to assist...

Basketball, Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, Sports / April 28, 2021 Getting Even by Getting into Ownership

By Monét Bowen Layshia Clarendon remembered the way they were—the way she and other members of the Atlanta Dream WNBA team felt so connected to owner Kelly Loeffler, and seemed to bond with her on issues both personal and political. Clarendon “shared meals with Kelly, stepped foot in her home…,” she recalled, “introduced her to...

Black Lives Matter, Police Reform, Uncategorized / April 25, 2021 The Verdict on Derek Chauvin: A New Ending to a Familiar Tale

By Airielle Lowe Derek Chauvin’s first words defending his treatment of George Floyd came not facing the jury that convicted him of murder, but at the neighborhood intersection in Minneapolis where he’d kept his knee on Floyd’s neck until he passed out and later died. “We’ve got to control this guy because he’s a sizable...

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Between the World and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates returned to home to The Mecca, where he spent the day interacting with Howard University students — some of whom he praised for stumping him with insightful questions. The MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient participated in master classes and an evening event that filled Cramton Auditorium, where he discussed everything from history and identity to…

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