In 2012, Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing the maid, Minnie, in the movie The Help. Five years later, Spencer was nominated again for Best Supporting Actress fo...

February 18, 2020

Regina King has a knack for finding and telling stories that advance the national conversation on race. She is careful and humble in this interview, so she won’t tell you outright she does this. But i...

December 9, 2019

This September, I spoke at the March on Washington Film Festival for the documentary Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed, which highlighted Shirley Chisholm’s presidential campaign. As the first Black...

December 9, 2019

 In 1965, playwright and poet Amiri Baraka (b. Leroi Jones) challenged the theatrical status quo by creating the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS) in Harlem. The opening of the theater is co...

December 9, 2019

 My mother was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant with me. When her relationship went sour, she realized that she would have to raise me on her own.

My earliest memories of my mother are that s...

July 21, 2019

Although the most recent election season brought five Black women — the largest class ever — to the House of Representatives, the leadership gap for Black female representation in public office still...

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The Crisis magazine is a quarterly journal of politics, culture, civil rights and history that seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues facing African-Americans and other communities of color.

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