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Race + Entertainment

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The entertainment industry is known for its cadre of liberal actors.

Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Sarah Silverman, and other mega stars are well known for their activism and support for liberal causes and candidates. I for one welcome it.

Even years ago, the likes of Paul…


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They’ve become so predictable and, frankly, almost amusing. Every time I write an article about race, I’m prepared for the commenters who, like clockwork, will accuse me of being racist. …


Some ideas about how to give voice to racism in Peru.

Black man screaming in front of Machu Picchu
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Last year I participated in a panel about racism for an international organization. In our panel was me, a mixed-race black and Asian woman, an indigenous Australian, and a Malaysian woman. While we spoke about our experiences with racism…


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Several years ago, when research about implicit bias — also known as unconscious bias — started to enter discussions about racism and how to undo it, I remember thinking three things.

First, the research demonstrated an obvious truth: people internalize biases picked up from society.

Second, the instrument chosen to…


They may be works of fiction and art, but the “Black Panther” blockbuster and the “cosmic” compositions of jazz legend Sun Ra represent a genre that could offer inspiration for how we rebuild in a post-pandemic future.

Afrofuturism is an artistic movement that re-imagines worlds through the lens of black…


BLACK LIVES MATTER + RACISM

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Since the racial reckoning began, Black folks have compiled numerous resources to "teach" White people about racism, why it's harmful, and what they can do to fight against injustices. But, like many Black people, I'm having trouble believing that White people don't know all of this already.

Also, isn't it…


Catch Up On This

A photo taken through a microscope shows HeLa cells cultured from tissue taken from Henrietta Lacks. The cells appear on a black background. They are stained with additives that make them appear cyan blue with a purple center and red fringe on the edges.
A microscope photo of HeLa cells generated from the tissue of Henrietta Lacks

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

The above 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. quote is one of my mantras. It loops through my head whenever I feel especially pessimistic about the state of the world, and/or Black people’s place in it. And when…


BLACK LIVES MATTER + POLICE REFORM

Lavell Ford, brother of Ezell Ford, at the site where his brother was killed at 65th Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles | Photo Credit | LA Times

During the racial reckoning of 2020, it seemed like everyone and their mama was raging against the machine, speaking out against the disproportionate amount of Black people killed by police. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake became household names. But, since then, the topic of police brutality has grown…

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