July 6, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Anthony Swain wouldn’t sleep at night because he was afraid he’d stop breathing. 

Swain, 43, is a quadriplegic, having been shot in the spine during a home invasion when he was 20, and has a number of other ailments that have followed since. In 2019, he was diagnosed with cystic myelomalacia, a softening of the spine that can lead to death by respiratory paralysis. So, he would spend his...

June 23, 2020

Jennifer Pinckney is just beginning to grieve.

It's been five years since white supremacist, Dylann Roof brutally murdered nine Black people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015, during Bible study. Pinckney’s husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor, and a South Carolina State senator were one of the nine killed. 

The coronavirus shelter-in-place order has given P...

As far as pop culture and literature go, we have everything from I Am Legend and World War Z to Handmaids Tale, and many things in between to tell us about how this coronavirus unzips.  As a culture, we’ve told ourselves so many dystopian stories, we can’t discern between those and the reality that everyone is now living.  However, for many — depending on your race, class and so many other areas of identity — these stories of...

February 18, 2020

dream hampton has a short biography — if you ask her.

“Filmmaker. Writer. And activist from Detroit,” she says, “and in that order.”

Then, she pauses for a bit before continuing, perhaps thinking of the attachments she often gets from folks who follow her on social media, or have any awareness of her personal life, or her past as a journalist who has penned some of the most compelling pieces for some of your favorite magazines.

“...

September 28, 2019

12:46 p.m., Sept. 6:

Just another normal day.  I sent Botham an article via text titled, “Florida man accidentally burns home down after lighting Nike shoes on fire in protest of Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad.” Minutes later, a red heart showed up at the top indicating he loved the article. I smiled and went on with my day.  I didn’t know this was going to be the last text exchange I would have with my baby brother.

5:29 pm:
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May 10, 2019

In 2017, a 24-year-old Black mother of three found herself locked in a county jail. She was four months pregnant. Two months passed without word about when she’d be getting out, triggering a manic episode that led to solitary confinement. A third month came and went with no real prenatal care and no sign of release.  

Her initial offense? Unable to secure childcare, she had brought her children with her to her probation check...

March 7, 2019

Susan Burton spent years in and out of California state prisons. She battled drug addiction and struggled with trauma stemming from childhood sexual abuse and the loss of her son who was tragically killed at age 5. She finally got help at a rehabilitation center in Santa Monica, Calif. It changed her life. Burton, 66, returned to her community and created A New Way of Life Reenty Project, a program for formerly incarcerated wo...

December 17, 2018

Photo: AP

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently confirmed that Cyntoia Brown must serve 51 years in prison for shooting and killing a man in 2004 when she was just 16.

News stories and social media have widely reported and shared Brown’s story. Many have compared her harsh sentence to lesser ones for white juveniles since the state of Tennessee first tried her case more than 10 years ago. The decision was the result of an appeal...

December 4, 2018

The family of the 21-year-old man killed by a police officer in an Alabama mall says an independent autopsy shows he was shot three times in the back.

"That was wrong. My son was murdered by this officer and that was cowardice," Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Sr., whose namesake son was shot to death on Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, said at a news conference Monday morning.

The father spoke after att...

November 7, 2018

In a huge victory for voting rights, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative on Tuesday that could  restore voting rights  to as many as 1.4 million ex-felons in the state. It received about 64 percent of the vote with most votes counted, clearing the 60 percent threshold needed to pass. 

Amendment 4, as it was called on the ballot, automatically restores voting rights to pe...

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