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Queen & Slim | Movie

A "driving while Black" police stop turns a first date into a fugitive nightmare. Read a full review here.

The Powerful Perspective of 'Queen & Slim'

Jelani Cobb The New Yorker
The story of “Queen & Slim” is propelled by an arbitrary traffic stop, in which a police officer detains a couple on a first date, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith

Lessons from the FBI’s Secret War on Activism

Michael Steven Smith The Indypendent
The FBI had played its role as the “political police of the national government,” Noam Chomsky wrote and the government maintained to the bitter end that it had a right to undermine an organization just because of its ideas.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins' screen adaptation of James Baldwin's novel of the same name, set in 1972. A young African-American woman struggles to clear her husband of false charges before the birth of their baby.

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Paper Crowns

Joanne Diaz American Poetry Review
“All blindness and much worse,” writes Illinois poet Joanne Diaz of the invisibility of Black life to oblivious white people.
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