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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 →
social justice | May 14th, 2019

“Joy is also resistance”: New Docuseries Based on Jeff Chang’s We Gon’ Be Alright Premieres Today

“It’s been over five decades since the Civil Rights Act, yet the last few years have quickly accelerated resegregation,” says Jeff Chang, author of We Gon’ Be Alright—which premieres as a new docuseries today. The four-episode series was adapted from Chang’s acclaimed essay collection, and tackles... Continue Reading →
social justice | Apr 9th, 2019

Emily Bazelon’s Charged (Out Today!) Outlines a Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

In her new book Charged, renowned journalist, podcaster, and legal commentator Emily Bazelon exposes the unchecked power of prosecutors as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts an actionable path to fix it.     “This combination of powerful reporting with painstaking... Continue Reading →
social justice | Jan 7th, 2019

Read the First Excerpt from On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’ Highly Anticipated Follow-Up to The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give, which garnered widespread critical acclaim and was turned into a major motion picture. Thomas’ highly anticipated sequel On the Come Up, is out Feb. 5. Read an exclusive excerpt in Entertainment Weekly.  In the video... Continue Reading →