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'A lifetime of damage' on a creosote plume in Houston's Fifth Ward

Decades of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals are sickening Black residents at alarming rates. But courts and the company responsible for the contamination say the burden of proof is on the community.

Recent public health studies confirm exposure to creosote and other chemicals from a nearby rail yard is responsible for poor health outcomes. When will Texas take action?

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In Review: 'Can these bones live?'

Black funeral homes were once economic pillars in Black communities. The documentary from Reel South follows legendary embalmer James Bryant and his young queer protégé Clarence Pierce as they care for both the living and the dead.

In Photos: Desde Adentro (From Within)

"All these boys are in the middle of a long learning process and maturation; they experience the same intangible fears as any of us. It is a matter of influencing the values ​​and beliefs they have, rather than corrective measures and punishments."

Race & Place


In Alamance County, a battle for racial justice confronts a bloody past and an uncertain future

As racial justice demonstrations erupted in large cities last year, a new awareness reached smaller towns across the country. For many in Graham, located in central North Carolina's Alamance County, the movement brought to light the long history of violence in a town where protesting is now restricted and the fight for the removal of a Confederate monument created a salient battlefield in the national conflict over race, police and power.

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Freedom wasn't given—it was seized

Survivors of slavery share their experiences through Reconstruction in the new podcast series "Seizing Freedom" by Virginia Public Media and Witness Docs, featuring voiceover retellings of Black folks' courageous efforts to reconstruct life on their own terms.


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