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social justice | Jun 16th, 2021

A Force for Social Change: The Lavin Agency Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author Nic Stone

To build an anti-racist society, we must first recognize our shared humanity, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. In her vivid and timely novels, Stone lays bare the systemic racism in our nation, teaches us to recognize our shared experiences, and creates the foundations necessary... Continue Reading →
social justice | Aug 26th, 2020

A Beautiful Life: LaToya Ruby Frazier Photographs Breonna Taylor’s Family for Vanity Fair

Acclaimed photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier took portraits of Breonna Taylor’s family for the cover story of Vanity Fair’s September issue (guest-edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates, with words by Breonna’s mother Tamika Palmer). Below is LaToya’s powerfully moving statement on the project. I can’t stop... Continue Reading →
social justice | May 11th, 2020

Artist Titus Kaphar Explores Black Motherhood in His Latest Paintings

From a Tropical Space is the latest series from Titus Kaphar, the award-winning painter, sculptor, and MacArthur “Genius.” Although the New York exhibition of this work has been postponed, Kaphar is currently the focus of Gagosian’s latest “Artist Spotlight.” In a new interview with Vulture, the... Continue Reading →
social justice | May 6th, 2020

Nikole-Hannah Jones’ Essay for ‘The 1619 Project’ Wins a Pulitzer Prize

Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones reexamined the legacy of slavery in America in the ambitious project, which recognized the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in Virginia. For her introductory essay, Hannah-Jones has been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for commentary.... Continue Reading →
social justice | Mar 26th, 2020

Age Activist Ashton Applewhite Says Beating Coronavirus Means Confronting Ageism and Ableism

As new coronavirus cases surge and more and more people self-isolate to flatten the curve, the nation’s economy continues to plummet. On Twitter, the suggestion that older people should sacrifice themselves for the sake of the economy is only one indication of how ageism and ableism are being laid... Continue Reading →
social justice | Feb 27th, 2020

Acclaimed Artist and Activist Molly Crabapple Provides Powerful Visuals for Project on Prison Life

The Zo is a groundbreaking new video project exploring the twisted realities of prison life, illustrated by superstar artist Molly Crabapple and narrated by The Wire’s Emmy-Award winning actor Michael K. Williams. Based on the essay by Yale student Patrick Doolittle and the archive of prison... Continue Reading →
education social justice | Sep 17th, 2019

Paul Tough Talks to PBS' Amanpour & Co., on Education Inequality and His New Book, The Years That Matter Most

Bestselling author Paul Tough sat down with Michel Martin on PBS to discuss how inequality and its widespread effects have come to define higher education. His most recent book, The Years That Matter Most explores this phenomenon in heartbreaking detail. Today's American students a jaw-dropping... Continue Reading →
social justice | Aug 20th, 2019

Angela Davis Featured in Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp Youth Empowerment Initiative

Dr. Angela Davis is a brilliant educator, political activist and author. She’s used her immense intellectual acumen to champion the idea that a world where all of humanity can flourish is not only worth pursuing, but possible. Her timeless contributions to human rights pursuits and uplifting Black... Continue Reading →
social justice | Aug 14th, 2019

Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Launch 1619 Project: Marking 400 Years Since American Slavery Began

Without the monumental efforts of Black Americans in the face of incredible opposition, democracy as we know it would not exist. Nikole Hannah-Jones is lifting up the remarkable contributions of Black Americans to the nation, and acknowledging the true, fraught beginnings of American history, with... Continue Reading →
social justice | Jul 23rd, 2019

Louis Theroux’s Acclaimed Docuseries on Westboro Baptist Church Returns, Featuring Activist Megan Phelps-Roper.

Documentarian Louis Theroux takes on the Westboro Baptist Church for the third time in BBC 2’s recently released Surviving the World’s Most Hated Family—the buzzed about follow-up to his popular 2007 and 2011 intimate exposés viewed by millions. As in the previous films, Theroux features Megan... Continue Reading →
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