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  1. Barbara Jane Reyes

    “I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.” Filipina author, poet, and professor Barbara Jane Reyes blogs about literature, poetry, politics, and more.

    Authors
  2. 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away

    Not Your Average Indian suggests that you should bypass Joseph Boyden for deserving Indigenous authors.

    Identity
  3. One day he went to an orthodontist, paid in advance, and sent a note home to her parents suggesting they get her braces, all expenses paid. One day she showed up on the bus and beamed her sparkly new braces at him, and handed him a pie that her mother had made.

    Family
  4. What the Nobility of Policing Requires

    A retired police sergeant on the need for the force to police itself more effectively: “Whether it’s a willful blind eye or an increasing tendency to conjure up some false equivalency in our collective hearts, we have created a situation where bad behavior lives within our ranks.”

    Current Events
  5. This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.

    Current Events
  6. Finding Michelle Kwan: A Black Boy’s Childhood on Ice

    “What attracted me to figure skating was the space it granted me to be the boy I was meant to be, which is not the boy the world wanted me to be, or thought I could be if I was to thrive.”

    LGBTQ
  7. Why We March: Reflections from Women’s Marches

    Millions of people marched on January 21, 2017, to oppose the new Trump administration in the US — and wrote about (or photographed or sketched) the experience.

    Current Events
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Women's March on Washington (photo from four twenty nine).
  8. My ancestors survived colonization and all I got was this lousy eye twitch

    A medical condition requiring botox sends the author — a young indigenous woman — deep into an unfamiliar, unwelcoming space: a cosmetic surgery office.

    Health
  9. “Responsibility does not just lie with the writer, because literature is, at its very heart, a collaborative effort. The reader is complicit in the creation of the story, bringing their own prejudices and ways of seeing the world.”

    Fiction
  10. “We Need to Be Braver”: Voices for Diversity in 2016

    The past year has seen its share of struggles — and of important, tough conversations.

    Autism

    Protesters after a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo courtesy of NativeinDC, from "We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For."

  11. The Posts That Moved Us in 2016: Current Events

    A selection of powerful writing that came out of the year’s tragedies and conflicts.

    Commentary
    Demonstration in London, March 2016. Photo by Ron F. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
  12. Four Pounds Flour

    Author and historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman writes about the fascinating and complicated history of food and flavor in America, with a particular interest in immigrant food cultures.

    Cooking
  13. “Hopelessness is necessary for the hard work of resisting tyranny and fascism. It is the precondition for sustained social movements because history isn’t a straight line. It is a spinning top that eventually moves forward but also always goes round and round as it does.”

    Current Events
  14. The Uses of Patriotism

    “If there’s something contradictory about being a white supremacist and loving America, the people who chanted U-S-A while Donald Trump insulted Muslims and Mexicans haven’t gotten that memo.”

    Current Events
    Image by fuseboxradion (CC BY-SA 2.0).
  15. VSB

    VSB — short for Very Smart Brothas — is a daily digital magazine offering commentary, essay, and humor about news, pop culture, race, and sex.

    Commentary