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diversity | Jun 8th, 2016

A Classroom Divided: Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Segregation

It’s been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education, but school segregation in America is very much alive. In a recent long-form feature for NYT Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones—winner of a 2015 George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story on school segregation—gives an... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 23rd, 2016

NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker

Bill HB2 should jog your memory, says Jelani Cobb—and not in a good way. The controversial North Carolina bill—which requires citizens to use the restroom that corresponds to their assigned sex at birth—has drawn the ire of many, including businesses, other state governments, and popular musicians... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 11th, 2016

Vision & Justice: Sarah Lewis Profiles African-American Photography for Aperture

Sarah Lewis, art historian and bestselling author of The Rise, is set to guest-edit the summer edition of photography magazine Aperture, available on newsstands May 24th. Entitled “Vision & Justice,” the issue explores photography’s impact on the African-American experience, presenting art and ideas... Continue Reading →
diversity | Sep 14th, 2015

The Myth of Black Criminality: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New Atlantic Cover Story

If you needed more proof that Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most important voices on race (and racism) in America today, stop what you’re doing and read his Atlantic cover story, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” As an analysis of America’s enduring carceral state (which Coates... Continue Reading →
diversity | Aug 17th, 2015

Negin Farsad Is One of“10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To”

TED Senior Fellow Negin Farsad has made Paper magazine’s “10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To.” The list showcases Farsad as a “rising feminist comic” who combines “intellectual acuity with endearing delivery.” However, as an ambassador of ‘social justice comedy,’ she also packs... Continue Reading →
diversity | Jul 27th, 2015

Heart of the Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me Is a #1 NYT Bestseller

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s revelatory memoir on institutional racism, Between the World and Me has debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers List at #1. “It is the book everyone is talking about right now,” says The New Yorker’s David Remnick, “and for good reason.” With its fingers on the pulse of a... Continue Reading →
diversity | Jul 13th, 2015

An Instant Classic, Even Sooner: Ta-Nehisi Coates's New Book on Race Gets Bumped Up

Demand for Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book is so great that the publisher, in a rare move, pushed up its release date. Between the World and Me—a slim but powerful book on race and America—hit bookstores today, two months sooner than planned. A surge in interest, the timely topic, and a confluence of... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 12th, 2015

First Look: Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book, Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer), has a new book coming out on July 14, 2015. Between the World and Me explores the past 150 years of America's racial history: from the Civil War to the crises still happening on our... Continue Reading →
diversity | Feb 17th, 2015

The Beauty & Diversity of Muslim Life: Bassam Tariq Speaks at TEDGlobal

In his new TED talk (embedded above), Bassam Tariq speaks passionately about “the beauty and diversity of Muslim life.” Talking about the creative impulse that unifies his various professional pursuits, he argues that it’s crucial for us to create art and institutions that celebrate (and encourage)... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 27th, 2014

A Major Atlantic Cover Story by Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks at the History of Racism in America

A 16,000-word Atlantic cover story about racism in America, released this month, is one of the most talked-about, commented-on, and boldly ambitious works of nonfiction in recent memory. Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Beautiful Struggle), the story is called “The Case for Reparations,” and, as the... Continue Reading →
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