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Karen Hewitt Cultural Weekly
“White hand on trigger/Black body on pavement”: Ohio poet Karen Hewitt speaks clearly, simply, one word, Rage.

A Voice from America’s Black Belt

Carla Bell Los Angeles Review of Books
Bakari Sellers is one of the most promising activist political leaders in Southern, and perhaps national politics. "“I’ve geared my life towards understanding who I am and fighting against systemic oppression and injustices,” he says.

Fight for Rights, Will to Power: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Greg Tate British Film Institute
Greg Tate explores the shifting struggles for black equality – and identity – presented in the Swedish television archives (filmed from 1967 - 1975) originally released as a film in 2011 and currently streaming on Amazon Prime and YouTube.

The Half-True Story of Catherine the Great

Eileen Jones Jacobin
The Great shares a broadly similar style and subject with The Favorite, though it is neither as dark nor as committed to factual accuracy. The series shows the grotesque royal court life of Empress Catherine II of Russia, aka Catherine the Great.

On Social Distancing

Jacki Rigoni
California poet Jacki Rigoni responds to the phrase social distancing, just added to the dictionary in March, and how much we were doing without naming it.

Police are the Problem, Not the Solution

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
With the mass outcry over the cop murders of George Floyd and so many other African Americans, it's worth reprising the review of a key 2017 book that sees even beyond defunding police to challenging the actual role of law enforcement in society.

How to Be an Antiracist

Jamal Eric Watson Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
In the wake of our current upsurge against racism in policing and in our society generally, this book, published late last year, has emerged as a top Amazon bestseller.