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Hiding two centuries of slavery requires some effort, and it is a collective silence that historian Afua Cooper calls the ‘erasure of blackness.’ (Mario Tama/Getty Images) Listen to the full episode53:59 Why is it common knowledge that we saved runaway slaves from the United States, but few know that Africans and Indigenous peoples were bought, […]

When the ‘Brampton Top 40 Under 40’ awards are presented on June 20 in Ontario, Canada, Jamaican Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade will proudly take her place among the honourees. The annual awards are given by the Brampton Board of Trade to individuals in leadership roles who are making an impact in the community, and Shelley-Ajibolade is ecstatic […]

Photos of a newly elected local commissioner in Georgia taking the oath of office on a Malcolm X biography have gone viral on social media, with users dubbing the photo “iconic” and “proof that every vote counts.” Mariah Parker, who at 26 is among the youngest commissioners to take office in Athens, won by a narrow […]

The place I call home no longer feels safe. On Sept. 6, I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to go enjoy the game and deal with the lock afterward. A few hours and a visit […]

Emile Wickham is seen in downtown Toronto on April 26, 2018, in front of the restaurant where, in 2014, he and three friends were asked to prepay for their meals. Mr. Wickham filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging the establishment discriminated against his party because they are black. The Ontario Human […]

Starbucks, for all its talk about togetherness, is very much a white, middle-class brand A little over a week ago, two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for doing what many of us have done at least once: sat down without ordering anything. The men reportedly refused to leave after being denied […]

This year an intriguing discovery was made. Apparently, we humans can absorb herbal energy from plants. This theory has been in the works for a long time by the ones who practice alternative medicine, but now this theory is supported by facts. This is also proof of the phenomenon that humans can share energy with […]

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as “people” […]

A member of the Ku Klux Klan adjusts his hood during a 1998 rally in Texas. (David J. Phillip/AP) Angelia Williams Graves says she didn’t have some grand plan to compare police to the Ku Klux Klan when she took the stage at an NAACP luncheon in Virginia on Oct. 1. But days after the Norfolk […]

Last August, as my wife and I and two of our friends biked through the Great Allegheny Passage in McKeesport, Pa., a city 12 miles from Pittsburgh, I joked that we probably wouldn’t see any more black people until Maryland. I was wrong. In the 150 miles between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md., we saw four. […]