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  1. 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
  2. “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
  3. “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."

  4. 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).
  5. 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
  6. “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
  7. 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).
  8. 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
  9. The Armored Coconut

    Marika Malaea reflects on being a brown white girl: “My whole life has been me thinking that I’m super incognito, when I’m actually the painted elephant in the room, whispering, ‘So what are we all staring at?’”

    Diversity
  10. So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

    “[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

    Current Events
  11. A Proportional Response

    Have Americans given up on the idea of “proportional response”? Writer Dina Honour wonders why the price paid by some people for being non-white, non-Christian, or getting pregnant is so high.

    Culture
    "Lady Blind Justice" image by Marc Treble.
  12. The Soul Édition

    On Parisian film producer and director Carole Bienaimé Besse’s site, you’ll find style, art, health, work, lifestyle, and more, all through the lens of African diaspora culture. 

    Culture
  13. Photo Essay: Objects in Residence

    “We hip-check our junk drawers shut, closing them as unceremoniously as refrigerated morgue drawers.” These images of salt and pepper shakers, from a larger collection representing dozens of ethnic and racial groups, force us to look at the overlooked.

    Art
  14. Apology to a Non-Black Partner

    Poetry by Radical Faggot: “I’m sorry loving me / meant splitting your bones / that my hands / were filled / by their own wringing”

    Identity
  15. America is lucky black people are really only fighting to be treated equally. Considering a black person is shot by police at an average of every 28 hours, we could be asking for more.
     
    We could be asking for what it owes.

    Film