Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Amerika

2016 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction IBRAM X. KENDI Masha Gessen, Chair of the judges’ panel for the 2016 National Book Awards for Nonfiction, presents Ibram X. Kendi with the honor.       Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) ISBN: 978-1568584638 National Book Foundation: Who did you […]

The history of British slave ownership has been buried

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell David Olusoga – the Guardian The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a […]

What the Nazis Learned from Amerika

  BY JESSICA BLATT Until the recent presidential election cycle, most of us had never heard of the “alt-right.” To those of us who had (likely because we spend too much time on social media), the term evoked a murky fringe. We thought of alienated, white 20-something men in their parents’ basements, spreading hateful propaganda and […]

If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you’d NEVER use it

BY BRANDO SIMEO STARKEY | The Undefeated A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, […]

A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in History

An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866   By Philip Misevich, Daniel Domingues, David Eltis, Nafees M. Khan and Nicholas Radburn, The Conversation SMITHSONIAN.COM Between 1500 and 1866, slave traders forced 12.5 million Africans aboard transatlantic slave vessels. Before 1820, four enslaved Africans crossed the Atlantic for every European, […]

NO ONE LOOKS FOR BLACK GIRLZ

by Brionne Janae “If you go missing, no one will look for you. No one looks for Black girls,” my aunt said leaning over to look me dead in the eye. On the television a girl about my age with shoulder-length blond hair and a friendly smile filled the screen as the voice of the newscaster […]

COMIC SERIEZ FOLLOWS CHICAGO TEEN POSSESSED BY THE SPIRIT OF SHAKA ZULU

Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a […]