Media for good trouble.
Liberation lives here.
We're halfway point through the People's First 100 Days, and neither major political party has shown the will and determination to put people first. This isn't the resistance of champagne liberals. Driving people-powered action while nurturing and growing our ranks will force our issues to be at the forefront.
After more than a decade of community organizing and legal wrangling, residents of LaGrange are celebrating a hard-fought lawsuit settlement.
President Biden promised to 'undo the damage that Trump has done,' but that work falls on organizers' shoulders.
Our goal was to take control of our own stories and speak life into the narratives we did identify with by holding journalists accountable for misrepresenting the Black experience.
Arts & Soul
How did soulful rhythm and blues get so 'Heartless?' Marcus Dowling shows the evolution from spiritually-saturated and politically-oriented soul music to The Weeknd's Super Bowl success.
Through music, art, and literature, these Black Southerners—past and present—are interrogating, re-imagining, and reviving our understanding of Southern survival.
Honoring the people photographed in the 1930s "ex-slave narratives," researcher and documentarian Lee Hedgepeth renders their portraits in color. Part science, part art, colorization allows us to bear deeper witness to their lives—if only in our imaginations.
Movies like "Hillbilly Elegy" erase the legacy of Black folk in Appalachia. Affrilachian writer Crystal Good shares her experience of the Black folks creating, struggling, and thriving behind the scenes.
Race & Place
Elizabeth Catte wrote the official takedown of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, placing it in a tradition of whitewashed poverty porn. In her follow-up, she traces the history and influence of eugenics from her backyard across the country.
Racism leads to intergenerational trauma, and some Black folks turn to alcohol and substances to cope. Crystal Good shares her story of addiction and recovery while being Black in Appalachia, and how community, creativity, and trauma therapy redefined the narrative.
"So many so-called reporters feed stories like this. They get the mugshot from the police department, use officers' account of what happened, scare the public into locking their doors at dusk, rinse, and repeat without blinking, even if the person arrested is a child."
Black feminist. Legal pioneer. Gender non-conforming. Preacher. Lover of women. What Pauli Murray really did was fight to create the kind of world in which every part of her could live.