In a society in which young black people, men and women, have their lives cut short every day by incarceration and violence – state or otherwise – the schools are sanctuaries from a world at war with black bodies.
I explored the toxic combination of racist sentiment, racial tension and unreconciled history that facilitated the killing of nine innocent people in Charleston. One lawmaker told me he believes legislation can stem it, and he has a plan.
On Sunday evening, hours after Emanuel A.M.E. Church opened its doors for the first service following the killing of nine of its congregants Wednesday, thousands in Charleston took to the streets in a show of support and solidarity.
Andre Perry is 32 years old. He's a commercial photographer, lives in Brooklyn, and loves fashion. He's also black. A month ago, Perry was stopped at a subway station by an undercover officer with the New York City Police Department. He was interrogated about his two-finger ring, arrested, and charged with possession of a deadly weapon—"metal knuckles."
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s rise to the top the American economic ladder is now almost legendary — a legend he helped build through autobiographical rhymes over 17 years and 17 studio albums. Listeners have followed him from rags to riches and identified with his story along the way. However, a recent survey finds that some of the rapper’s younger fans may not be buying it anymore.
Today, after almost 20 years with ACORN, Bertha Lewis has moved on to head up a new organization. The Black Institute is Lewis’ brainchild, an “action tank” that she hopes will organize black Americans around some the day’s most pressing issues. Its first order of business: immigration reform.
New data shows that, in a number of areas — teen pregnancy, violent crime and increasing gradation rates — black youths have made significant gains. Experts say it’s time that the perception matches the reality.
A former U.S. airman is currently sitting in a Florida prison for what his supporters argue was a simple act of self-defense. Just two years into a 25-year sentence, he joins a list of cases that have drawn national attention to the Sunshine State’s sentencing and gun laws. Encouraged by the activity, his family is hoping to stir up interest in his case and is currently petitioning Florida’s governor for clemency.
When D.C. police killed Carey in October, the country was once again thrown into a conversation around the use of deadly force—especially as Carey’s 14-month-old daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle as police fired on it. That tragedy is the most recent in a series of high-profile cases in which unarmed black suspects have been killed by authorities under controversial circumstances.
George Zimmerman was arrested Monday, accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend and pushing her out of her home during a domestic disturbance. He was charged with felony aggravated assault with a weapon, misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief. The incident is but the latest in a string of gun-related run-ins with the law since Zimmerman was acquitted in July of second degree murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Some Zimmerman defenders have drawn back their support in light of recent events. Many others are doubling down.
I appeared on a panel at Columbia Journalism School Friday alongside Maria Hinojosa, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and William Jelani Cobb. The topic was "Covering Race and Equality in the Trump Era." Check it out.
Hillary Clinton is pulling out all the stops to increase her lead with millennial voters. I joined Joy-Ann Reid alongside Brittany Packnett of Campaign Zero, Zerlina Maxwell from the Hillary for America campaign, Jesse Saunders from Democrats of Hofstra University and Nathaniel Aron of Hofstra College Republicans to discuss.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each look to extend their delegate leads when five states hold presidential nominating races on Tuesday. I stopped by MSNBC's Meet The Press Daily to discuss if the frontrunners can actually be stopped.
I sat down with Darian Symoné Harvin for her Am I Allowed To Like Anything (#AIATLA) to discuss what it's like to be a young, Black writer living in NYC, the 2016 Presidential race and what we are the Beyoncés of.
I visited Morehouse College -- the nation's only all-male historically black college, and my alma mater -- to speak to students about careers in media and what it's like to be a black journalist. Watch the conversation.
I appeared on FiveThirtyEight's What's the Point podcast to explain why, a year after Ferguson erupted, the federal government still doesn't have a system to accurately count of how many people are killed by the police each year.
Other Fergusons loom on the horizon, and we shouldn't wait until an officer shoots another person and a city erupts to fix them. The lessons emerging from Ferguson can and should guide a nationwide overhaul to police reform. Now, while the whole country is focused on this issue, we should seize this moment to develop solutions that are as comprehensive as the problems are vast.
In a country that has identified black people as its criminal element, public safety (and perceived security) is more tied to the suppression of blacks than it is to the suppression of crime. And as long as the public insists on its myth of black criminality—almost as an article of faith—police practices will be impossible to reform.
It’s not about smart phones, selfies or social media. The reason Millennials aren’t making some of life’s biggest purchases is because we’re broke. As James Carville might say, “it’s the economy, stupid."