James Baldwin in front of a statue of William Shakespeare at the Albet Memorial in Kensington Gardens, London, date unknown.

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.
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia at a show on February 8, 2011.

The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show Lives on in the Internet Archive

Episodes from the infamous hip-hop radio show of the '90s.
A still from the 1977 documentary 'Four Women Artists' by William Ferris.

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.
A miniature golf course by the North Beach in Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1925).

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.
The poet Walt Whitman (ca. 1860).

When Walt Whitman’s Poems Were Rejected for Being Too Timely

"1861" is just so 1861.
Poster for Captain America: Civil War (2016).

We’re the Good Guys, Right?

Marvel's heroes are back again, but with little of the subversive aura that once surrounded them.
Row of houses in an suburban neighborhood, circa 1950s.

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.

Lillie Western, Banjo Queen

The maleness of guitar culture stretches across decades and genres, but necessary corrections to the record are being made.
The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan (2016).

The History of 'The New York Times' Stylebook

'The New York Times' was an early adopter of style guidelines.
 Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of

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?
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of Harper Lee's

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?

The Surprising History of the Fortune Cookie

Searching for the roots of an American classic.