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diversity & race | Feb 28th, 2017

Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on “The Muslim Ban” and a History of Racism

In this powerful keynote at Oregon State University, delivered one week after President Trump announced his executive order to ban select immigrants from entering the US for 90 days, Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals the truth that this language conceals. Discrimination has its own logic, and as Coates... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 2nd, 2017

“A Call for Creative Courage”: Four Muslim Speakers on Fighting Islamophobia

What does it mean to be a Muslim in America—or in the world—today? And what will life look like in the wake of Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries? Below are four Muslim speakers—a stand-up comic, a New York Times op-ed writer, a halal butcher, and a #1 bestselling author—who... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 10th, 2017

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures Is a #1 NYT Bestseller and the #1 Film in America

Huge congratulations to Margot Lee Shetterly—her book, Hidden Figures, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and its movie adaptation was #1 at this weekend’s box office! It’s an epic Civil-Rights history, but also a story of innovation, technology, and women breaking through in STEM fields. Hidden... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 10th, 2017

Sarah Lewis’s “Vision & Justice” Is “the visual analog for Black Lives Matter” — The Boston Globe

Last summer, Harvard professor and bestselling author Sarah Lewis guest-edited “Vision & Justice,” a special issue of Aperture magazine dedicated to photography depicting black experiences. Its impact, half a year later, and in such a fraught cultural moment, is undeniable. The issue sold 20,000... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 6th, 2017

The Real Strength of American Diversity: Wajahat Ali on Unity in the Age of Trump

As the Trump era dawns, how can we preserve our welcoming nation? To renowned playwright and journalist Wajahat Ali, we can combat racism and Islamophobia. But we need to think beyond partisanship, he says, and celebrate the differences and commonalities that make our country great. Modern... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Dec 20th, 2016

Are “We Gon’ Be Alright”? Jeff Chang on the Future of Activism in a Post-Trump World

As the era of Trump begins, how will social activism change? In a perceptive new essay, We Gon’ Be Alright author Jeff Chang argues that “Just as the symbol of Barack Obama united the fringes of the right,” “Trump’s presidency will galvanize an opposition ready for the mainstream.” “This moment is... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Dec 20th, 2016

When Civil Rights Met the Space Program: Margot Lee Shetterly Reveals the Untold History behind Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, the true story of the black female mathematicians instrumental to the Space Race, hits theaters Christmas day, based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name. In a recent panel, Shetterly joined BUILD Series to illuminate some of the real-life hardships faced by NASA’s “human... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Dec 14th, 2016

“My President Was Black”: Ta-Nehisi Coates Reflects on Obama’s Legacy in the New Atlantic Cover Story

On the cover of this month’s Atlantic is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “My President Was Black,” a sprawling examination of America’s first black presidency—how it happened, what it meant to Americans of all races, and what it means for the future. In the massive feature (which comprises several interviews... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 24th, 2016

“We need new heroes”—Time Features Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the Untold Story of NASA’s Black Female Mathematicians

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the incredible true story of the black women mathematicians who helped America win the space race, is the subject of a lengthy feature in the latest issue of Time. The book is an instant bestseller, the film a star-studded affair out this Christmas, and the... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 10th, 2016

Must Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Powerful Keynote from the Morning After the Election

On the morning after Donald Trump’s stunning election victory, Ta-Nehisi Coates—one of America’s foremost writers on race and politics—spoke at the InBound 2016 Conference, in Boston, and delivered a powerful, impromptu keynote on “what happened last night” and what lies ahead. The author of... Continue Reading →
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