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Locker room talk: Jackie Robinson’s legacy is profound, but unfinished What progress have we made with only two black managers and a dwindling number of black players?

Every year since 2009, Major League Baseball has celebrated the memory and legacy of Jackie Robinson. The celebrations have been fantastic and in some cases profound. Last year, the city of Philadelphia officially apologized for the racist taunts Phillies players directed at Robinson when they hosted the Brooklyn Dodgers. This year, all major league clubs […]

WNBA style: The black-and-white case Nia Coffey and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough stand out as the athletes keep it clean and simple at the 2017 WNBA draft

The newest WNBA draft class was classy and (only slightly) sassy in New York on Thursday as the first round of picks were announced at a short ceremony. Most of the 10 women who attended the event wore black or white dresses or jumpsuits, simple jewelry, pretty makeup and loosely styled hair that draped elegantly […]

The strange legacy of Tupac’s ‘hologram’ lives on five years after its historic Coachella debut On Dr. Dre’s order, an Academy Award-winning visual effects studio spent weeks designing a virtual Makaveli

Expect me, n—a, like you expect Jesus to come back / Expect me … I’m coming. — Tupac Shakur on the “Outro” of his fourth posthumous album, Better Dayz (2002) The mood and scene were one and the same out in that empty Southern California field. Dark and ominous. A wind blew furiously as night […]

‘Little Boxes’ and the issue of nonblack artists depicting black subjects The indie movie is just the latest in a string of works wrestling with how to authentically portray black lives

Little Boxes, a hit at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, comes out Friday in theaters and video on-demand. And yet it somehow already feels a bit anachronistic in a world where racial division is much more sharply defined than it was just months ago. Based on writer Annie J. Howell’s own experiences in an interracial […]

This survivor overcame domestic violence and sex trafficking and is helping others do the same Author Toshia Shaw inspires at-risk girls to find a meaningful life’s purpose through Purple W.I.N.G.S.

Sex trafficking continues to plague communities worldwide. The underground organized crime epidemic claims the innocence of young girls and boys every year. One survivor made a pact with God that if she were able to reclaim her life, she’d help others do the same. Meet author, writer and motivational speaker Toshia Shaw. She is a […]