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African Americans news and analysis from The Nation
September 27, 2022
The Mississippi Water Crisis Is the Tip of the Global Disaster to Come
Extreme weather will put a strain on global water supplies.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
September 21, 2022
Imani Perry’s Capacious History of the South
While the South is often dismissed as a region catching up to the rest of the country, Perry’s new book demonstrates why it has always been the key to defining the promise and limits of American democracy.
Robert Greene II
September 6, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Extraterrestrial Americana
Telling a tale of cowboys, aliens, and Hollywood, the director’s third feature film,
, is his most successful cinematic spectacle to date.
August 24, 2022
When Rap Lyrics Become Incriminating Speech
The use of their songs in criminal cases has had dire consequences for hip-hop musicians.
July 18, 2022
Edafe Okporo’s Manifesto for the Migrant
A conversation with the activist and writer about his new book
and the intersections of oppression that face LGBTQ migrants and refugees.
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June 14, 2022
Linda Villarosa on the Impact of the Racist Health Care System on “Every Body”
In her new book,
Under the Skin
, the journalist dismantles the notion that the health crisis facing Black Americans is an individual problem.
June 1, 2022
Hubert Harrison, Giant of Harlem Radicalism
A two-volume biography tracks the life and times of one of Harlem’s leading socialists.
Robert Greene II
May 20, 2022
“We Are Not Terrified. We Are Tenacious.”
Life against death in Buffalo.
April 28, 2022
What Can Ketanji Brown Jackson Do for Abortion Access?
Reproductive justice organizers in Texas know that, alas, the newly confirmed justice can’t save them.
April 18, 2022
Cedric Robinson’s Radical Democracy
Rejecting the resignation of the 1970s and ’80s, Robinson found hope and resistance in the ruins of the American city.