In 1962, teenager George F. Jackson wrote a letter to President John F. Kennedy with an appeal: “I am a thirteen-year-old colored boy and I like to spell. Do you think you could help me and get the Lynchburg bee Read More »
When there is a police shooting, somewhere a doctor or medical staff are involved. They treat the living wounded, and as coroners, they read the bodies of the dead and produce autopsies that will be scrutinized by the public, the Read More »
In a country where politicians routinely usurp doctors’ roles and pretend to know what’s best for women’s bodies, some policymakers and legislators are now masquerading as historians.
Two recent examples: We’ve heard the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development’s Read More »
Dr. Willie Parker hails from Alabama, an accident of birth and geography that’s probably the only thing he shares with Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the man who has been selected to become the next attorney general of the United States. Read More »
In a July 1888 article in the Springfield, Massachusetts Republican, Anna Barrows listed the perfect larder for a picnic: Potted meats (think: pre-Spam); refreshing “acid jellies” of juice and gelatin; and one recipe for a cookie “quite as good as Read More »
As a frequent traveler and black American who’s painfully aware of the many police-involved deaths of black drivers, I now have “The Talk” with my white and non-black minority friends before getting into their cars.
To feel safe, I always Read More »
On May 28, 1945, Violet Wallach of Locust, New Jersey, complained that black residents in her area had to enter a back door in the Navesink township library. Once they entered, black would-be readers were shuttled to a small room Read More »
When illustrator Robin Ha moved from bustling Seoul, South Korea to Huntsville, Alabama at age 14, the relocation was like losing her senses.
“I was [practically] friendless,” said Ha, now 35 and living in Falls Church, Virginia. “My school didn’t Read More »
When the landmark TV miniseries Roots premiered to a U.S. audience of almost 100 million viewers in January 1977, the West African nation where author Alex Haley purportedly found his ancestor Kunta Kinte—The Gambia—did not yet have a national television Read More »
I’ve never had my eyebrows shaped, plucked, threaded, waxed, filled in, tinted, drawn on, or otherwise groomed.
And I’m okay with that.
More than okay – I’m downright happy with it. It’s other people who seem to have the problem. Read More »