Race, Class, & Immigration: watch-listen

Hip hop, grit, and academic success

This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social … Continue reading

Beyond Reform: Abolishing Prisons

Maya is Truthout’s editor-in-chief and the author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.” Maya serves on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence The United States has the highest imprisonment rate … Continue reading

Biracial Blackness

This thought-provoking panel of young game-changers, artists, cultural innovators, and professionals discuss biracial blackness, particularly as it relates to Jesse William’s acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Music Awards. 

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

150 Years to the day following the unconditional Confederate surrender to the Union Army, Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore and severely beaten. His subsequent death, and that of other African Americans at the hand of police, exposed the factual … Continue reading

Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color

Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color presented by the African American Policy Forum ( and Girls for Gender Equity ( Hosted at Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies on October 11th, 2014

Actions are Illegal, Never People: Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning multimedia storyteller, is the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. Born in the Philippines, Vargas immigrated to the United States at age 12. Stunning the media and … Continue reading

Digital Media and Struggles for Justice

Activists, educators and organizers reflect on the opportunities and challenges when using digital media in struggles for social justice. This project was funded by the Black Youth Project and the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. Videographers Tracye … Continue reading