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The Americans

Peter Neil Carroll Amsterday Quarterly
Thanksgiving Day is surely an American holiday, even for some subversives who defy the US government--at least on TV!

Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding To Depart Harvard

Paton D. Roberts and Eric Yan The Harvard Crimson
I am no longer willing to endorse a cultural norm whereby artists & artist-educators passively participate-in, and benefit-from institutions born and bolstered through the justification..or practice of exploiting and destroying Black and Native life

The Legacy of a Caged Bird

On Gene Andrew Jarrett’s “Paul Laurence Dunbar” Los Angeles Review of Books
During his lifetime, Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American, was among the most famous poets in the United States. It is one of the great paradoxes of the early Jim Crow era. This biography sheds new light on the writer's life and work.

With Namor, Wakanda Forever Does What Latine Media Will Not

Dash Harris Refinery29
For generations, entertainment media has invisibilized and/or stereotyped Black and Indigenous people with origins across Latin America, just as its Spanish and mestizo white supremacist leaders have done in this region throughout history.

Naming Plant-Based Foods

Emily Baron Cadloff Modern Farmer
The world of plant-based alternatives is vast; for every new vegan option on store shelves, there’s a “conventional” producer wondering about the comparisons people will make between their two products; even the labels defined by the FDA are in flux.

Inauguration Poem

Lynn Melnick Verse Daily
Poet Lynn Melnick captures a moment traumatic violence, what she calls “inauguration,” and its lasting effect: “there was always dread.”