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 Yesterday 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 Monday 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

Talking Black-ish: Can the Sitcom Defy Expectations?

Last night ABC debuted its highly buzzed-about sitcom, Black-ish. Starring Anthony Anderson (Law & Order, Guys With Kids) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), the show follows Andre "Dre" Johnson, the patriarch of an upper middle-class black family, as he attempts to raise his kids in a suburban neighborhood (read:… » 9/25/14 11:45am 9/25/14 11:45am

Hey y'all! So we're in the post-Cosby Show/ My President Is Black Era of television, and, if I'm being honest, I think this show gets several things right (though not everything). It's hard to judge a sitcom on its pilot episode alone, but Kenya Burris, the show's creator, tried to tackle a lot in the debut and I want… » 9/25/14 11:40am 9/25/14 11:40am