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 inva...

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...

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,...

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...

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 Kaepernic...

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 epi...

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 ki...

December 17, 2018

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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...

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 offic...

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...

October 17, 2018

Voters in Florida are preparing to vote on a measure that would restore voting rights  to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences. One in five African Amer...

September 24, 2018

Inez Bordeaux was at times left broke, homeless, and living in a halfway house over the years of unpleasant interactions with the criminal justice system in St Louis, Missouri. But the only time she e...

September 19, 2018

In 2017, roughly one in 28 adult black men in Colorado was in prison. Put another way,  African Americans  made up 18 percent of the prison population and only 4 percent of the state’s adult populatio...

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