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Guest posts

The Whiteness of Oscar Night

In 2001, African American actors Denzel Washington and Halle Berry took home Academy Awards for Best Actor (Training Day) and Best Actress (Monster’s Ball), respectively. Read More

The Shame Game: New York City Cops’ Union and Power Politics

Wenjian Liu’s funeral marked the fourth time the New York Policemen’s Benevolent Association—the cops’ union—turned their backs on NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio. It likely won’t … Read More

"I Can Breathe," and the Occasional Fear of Covering Protests

Last night, I shot the above picture, which went far more viral than anything I’ve ever posted to Twitter. I shot it while … Read More

On Scholarly Activism

Photo by David Shankbone from Flickr Creative Commons The moment before you are served up to an audience as the attraction for the next … Read More

Covering the Three Missouri Michaels

What did we learn about America as the media covered three young Black men in Missouri—an NFL recruit, an HIV-positive alleged sex offender, and a … Read More