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Race, Class, & Immigration: watch-listen

How Art Can Change Society

Sarah Lewis describes how photography and music are often the catalyst for radical societal change. Lewis is a curator and historian based in New York. She is the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search … Continue reading

Donald Trump’s refugee ban, explained

Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that bans all immigrants and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days, and opens the door to more country-based bans in future. It also bans all refugee … Continue reading

Afrofuturism

Black people are rarely featured in sci-fi and fantasy films — that is, unless that black person is Will Smith. How do black people get to exist in the future? Afrofuturism, a scholarly and artistic movement that imagines the future … Continue reading

And Still I Rise

In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou steadily wrote over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

On Contact: Restrained Resistance with Bill Ayers

Chris Hedges discusses building successful non-violent mass movements with Bill Ayers, author of “Demand the Impossible.” Ayers reflects on his experience as one of the co-founders of the Weather Underground, a communist revolutionary group from the late 1960s that was … Continue reading

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