NYPD Harassment Stories: Living in a State of Fear

It's been ten months under Bill de Blasio's leadership and little change has come to New York City. With his first year in office nearing an end, the everyday reality for many of the city's residents remains inescapable: police harassment and brutality have become a constant, and conditions only seem to be worsening.… » 10/28/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

Alderman to Muslim Resident: You Probably Support Terrorism, Right?

When Heba Mohammad, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, emailed Alderman Chris Wery to ask if transportation would be provided for midterm elections in two weeks, Wery immediately called her religious and political affiliations into question—assuming she might have ties to Islamic extremist… » 10/22/14 5:10pm 10/22/14 5:10pm

The Difficulties of Publishing While Black

I don't think it's any surprise the publishing industry—print and digital—is overwhelmingly white. The statistics are far more upsetting than you might imagine: a recent Publisher's Weekly survey revealed the makeup of the industry to be 89 percent white, 3 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic, 3 percent mixed race, 1… » 10/20/14 4:17pm 10/20/14 4:17pm

NYPD Harassment Stories: Do Cops Unfairly Target the Homeless?

What is our responsibility to the homeless? That might seem too big a question, but it is something I wrestle with occasionally. It's impossible to avoid the less fortunate men and women who populate our streets—the father forced to seek charity from strangers on subway cars so he can feed his family or the woman… » 10/09/14 12:15pm 10/09/14 12:15pm

In his most recent dispatch, The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks with Lucia McBath about the death of her son, Jordan Davis. "It's very difficult to know that it doesn't matter what morals you instill in your children," she said. "That there are certain people who will never see the value and known who they are." » 10/08/14 5:37pm 10/08/14 5:37pm

Democrats Don't Want Anything to Do With Obama Now

Symbols fade with time. In 2008, when Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency, attempting to become the first black man to hold the the nation's highest office, his run was "historic" and "generations in the making." It was, by most accounts, a big win for the Democratic party, which had lost ground and political… » 10/08/14 2:04pm 10/08/14 2:04pm

How Should We Define Masculinity? A Q&A With Charles Blow

"Writing in general by black men from the south is very slim. To the degree that it exists—it's women." It's a Thursday in early October and we're at The Lamb's Club in Midtown, a high-priced food depository where hundred-dollar business lunches have become daily rituals. Amid the clatter of silverware and… » 10/07/14 2:42pm 10/07/14 2:42pm