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Elexxxion

John Paul Davis Rattle
New York poet John Paul Davis reflects on the multitude of political candidates, their promises, their lies.

Los Angeles: City of Segregation

Adam Tomes Counterfire
The book under review documents a century of struggle against the partitioning of groups on the basis of race through property markets, constructions of community, and the scourge of neoliberalism, revealing racialist ideology and means to end it.

Georgetown’s Jackson ‘Jazzed’ About History

LaMont Jones Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Scholar, activist, and Grammy-award winning writer Maurice Jackson, along with his co-editor, Blair A. Ruble, have assembled a new and original group of essays that examines jazz and it's Washington, DC history.

What I Eat: It’s in My DNA

Carla Hall Heated: by Medium and Mark Bittman
The Yoruba believe that “The soul that does not eat pepper is a powerless soul.”
Via a DNA test kit, I discovered that my lineage traces back to the Yoruba people of Nigeria and the Bubi; I also discovered that, regardless of whether I knew it, my palate carries the flavors of the generations who came before me.

Skin Hymn

Tanuja Wakefield Undersong
Tanuja Wakefield, daughter of Indian immigrants, depicts the anguish and anger of being taunted for the color of her skin.

It’s Not About Sex

Molly Crabapple The New York Review of Books
The courtesan in literature is an object of desire, but prostitutes of any gender are despised in law and in the popular culture. The book and film under review excoriate the reactionary hypocrisy and chart sex workers fighting back.