If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
In 1979, James Baldwin defended African American Vernacular English's status as a distinct language.
New York Times
July 29, 1979
The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show Lives on in the Internet Archive
Episodes from the infamous hip-hop radio show of the '90s.
May 26, 2018
The Premiere of 'Four Women Artists'
In this 1977 documentary, the spirit of Southern culture is captured through four Mississippi artists who tell their stories.
The Paris Review
May 29, 2018
How Mini-Golf Played a Big Role in Desegregating Public Rec Spaces
In the summer of 1941, a group of black men came to play golf at the whites-only East Potomac Park.
May 28, 2018
When Walt Whitman’s Poems Were Rejected for Being Too Timely
"1861" is just so 1861.
May 31, 2018
We’re the Good Guys, Right?
Marvel's heroes are back again, but with little of the subversive aura that once surrounded them.
April 26, 2018
The Myth of "We Don't Build Houses Like We Used To"
The comment lament misses crucial context about the style trends and building materials of the past.
January 16, 2019
Lillie Western, Banjo Queen
The maleness of guitar culture stretches across decades and genres, but necessary corrections to the record are being made.
January 10, 2019
The History of 'The New York Times' Stylebook
'The New York Times' was an early adopter of style guidelines.
Columbia Journalism Review
June 19, 2018
In "The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda," Ishmael Reed Revives an Old Debate
If “Hamilton” is subversive, the mischievous Reed asks, what is it subverting?
The New Yorker
January 9, 2019
The Contested Legacy of Atticus Finch
Lee’s beloved father figure was a talking point during the Kavanaugh hearings and is now coming to Broadway. Is he still a hero?
Casey N. Cep
The New Yorker
December 10, 2018
The Surprising History of the Fortune Cookie
Searching for the roots of an American classic.
January 4, 2019