Athletes who helped shape our times and the economic freedom that enabled them.
May 1, 2005
An Unreconstructed Nation: On Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “Stony the Road”
A new history of Reconstruction traces the roots of American “respectability” politics through artwork.
Robert D. Bland
Los Angeles Review of Books
May 10, 2019
Capturing Photos of Corporate Office Life in 1970s America
A photographer set out to portray the cookie-cutter culture of corporate America's bygone days.
New York Times
March 21, 2018
Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means
The roots musician is inspired by the evolving legacy of the black string band.
John Jeremiah Sullivan
The New Yorker
May 13, 2019
‘Give It Up For My Sister’: Beyonce, Solange, and The History of Sibling Acts in Pop
Family dynasties are neither new nor newly influential in pop.
Danielle A. Jackson
May 20, 2019
Psychiatry, Racism, and the Birth of ‘Sesame Street’
How a black psychiatrist helped design a groundbreaking television show as a radical therapeutic tool for minority preschoolers.
May 17, 2019
The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress
The upper classes once imposed the fashion staple on their servants—then they stole it back from them.
October 13, 2017
Where to Score: Classified Ads from Haight-Ashbury
From 1966-1969, the underground newspaper 'San Francisco Oracle' became exceedingly popular among counterculture communities.
The Paris Review
March 14, 2018
Periodicals Are Reassessing Their Pasts. It’s Time for Publishers to Do the Same
For decades, book publishers regularly rejected authors on the basis of their race and religion. Their voices deserve to be heard.
Made by History
March 22, 2018
Odetta Holmes’ Album One Grain of Sand
Odetta’s artistry was a weapon in the Civil Rights struggle, and was crucial to the era’s politics.
Matthew Frye Jacobson
May 22, 2019
How America’s Obsession With Hula Girls Almost Wrecked Hawai’i
Popularized images of female hula dancers have deviated far from their origins and perpetuated stereotypes.
March 22, 2017
Black Is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matter
"Why do you have black dolls?"
February 21, 2013