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In small corners of America, Black people are still in chains

In 2020, Janelle Monae starred in the horror film Antebellum playing a Black woman who was kidnapped by White people, smuggled into a Confederate camp, and forced to live as a slave. At different parts of the movie, viewers see Monae’s life as a modern woman juxtaposed with her time in captivity.

Her life as a modern woman is set in the present day, and the captivity scenes are set in what appears to be the Civil War era. But Antebellum’s plot twist is that both time periods are the same. What’s revealed is that her kidnappers attacked her and…


A North Virginia coalition is saving the gravesite and setting things straight.

Descendants of formerly enslaved Africans and Native Americans in the historic town of Thoroughfare, Va., are fighting for their own history and their own land. It’s land these folks have lived on for at least a century, but apparently it’s also land that someone else wants to — or thinks that — they own.

As the nation deals with an ongoing racial reckoning, the idea of land theft from Black and Brown people is centerstage. Headlines abound, from a California family who had their beachfront resort taken from them in the 1950s to Black cemeteries in Washington, D.C. …

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