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Black Panthers news and analysis from The Nation
September 22, 2016
The Black Panthers’ Overlooked Revolution
Fifty years later, four women who helped build the party look back on the less-attention-grabbing part of its history.
June 15, 2016
‘Sleep Easy, My Brother’
Muhammad Ali's funeral was an unforgettable celebration of a man who gave people the courage to speak their truth.
June 4, 2016
‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali
Ali was shaped by his times. But his death should remind us that he also shaped them.
May 11, 2016
Don DeLillo’s American Dream
His recent protagonists dream only of money, except perhaps for the technological advances that will allow them to go on acquiring it indefinitely.
April 11, 2016
Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson and the Republican Party’s ‘Pact With the Devil’
As PBS prepares to air his two-part documentary on Jackie Robinson, we speak to Ken Burns about what the baseball and civil-rights legend tells us about politics in 2016.
March 9, 2016
Beyoncé’s “Formation” reflects today’s movement from black rage toward a racialized revolutionary politics.
February 22, 2016
How a Former Black Panther Could Change the Rules of Solitary Confinement
The case of Russell Maroon Shoatz, who spent nearly 30 years in solitary confinement, could set a precedent for others held in prolonged isolation.
February 18, 2016
Muhammad Ali and the Black Panther Party
A new documentary about the Panthers should serve to remind us that the greatest, most important athlete of the 20th century was no bystander to their revolution.
February 11, 2016
In Defense of Beyoncé’s Black Panther Tribute at the Super Bowl
The right-wing backlash to her Super Bowl performance only proves how important it was.
February 11, 2016
Cam Newton and the Burden of History
The backlash against the quarterback’s confident politics has deep roots.