Born on the Fourth of July … a.k.a. Juneteenth, C.P.T.

  • Each wall takes you along that journey

    Iowa Public Radio: “BLACK THREAD is designed to raise questions about freedom, about family stories, knowledge of self, transformation, and then there’s a component that goes into the larger conversation behind this movement of six million people, when we’re looking at labor and the U.S. economy,” Wells said. “That’s where the sewing machine comes in…

  • Reflecting the nature of structural violence experienced in enslavement

    Live Science: “The distribution of African ancestries among the first-generation African individuals indicates that they were being transported from disparate areas of the African continent during the last half of the 18th century,” Fleskes and colleagues wrote in the paper.

  • More propitious than any other moment in my lifetime

    MarketWatch: “Black Americans whose ancestors were enslaved have been excluded from full citizenship in the United States for the last 247 years — and granting them full citizenship will cost between $13 trillion and $14 trillion, economist William ‘Sandy’ Darity told a conference of fellow U.S. economists last week. […]”

  • We aren’t organizing to die but we may have to

    The Atlantic: “Knowing that my heritage, and therefore my own children’s, was bound up in those walls, I felt a responsibility to understand what had happened there. I had to go back to the Shrine of the Black Madonna. I had to go home. […]”

  • Make abstaining a lot easier and fun

    Reckon: “There’s space for it because people are more understanding about not drinking and saving money, or just giving their body a break. . . But dry January has always brought some drama [and pressure] around this time of year.”

  • The greatest tools for developing tolerance and empathy

    Cosmopolitan: “Whether you’re looking for a deeper exploration of your own history, hoping to educate yourself and view stories through a Black lens, or simply wanting to unwind with a good read, these exceptional books about Black history belong on everyone’s TBR list. […]”

  • The way that we are portrayed is so insightful, true and pure

    The Hollywood Reporter: “The conflict is between Berniece and Boy Willie in the setup, but the duality of their relationship is a constant in that play like it is between Doaker and Wining Boy; between Lymon and Boy Willie; Lymon, Boy Willie and Avery; between Berniece and everybody. All of these are just a series of…

  • The gap between Black and White families shrank

    Stateline: “Black professionals who move here are coming for the perceived Black excellence. I constantly hear, ‘I know Black people do well in Houston, so that’s why I’m here,’” Harrison said. “It’s doctors, lawyers, engineers, entrepreneurs. With this has come a boom in Black-owned businesses.”

  • A form of resistance to an unjust and angry world

    El Pais: “When we were kids and we would dress up and wear masks, they would throw us in jail,” he remembers. “This used to happen, until one day the judge said, ‘Stop sending these Indians here, don’t bring them here anymore, because this is their tradition.’ And it was true. We’ve been in New…

  • The “threat” was Black equality – or rather, Black equity

    Christian Science Monitor: “My cause for surprise wasn’t because I’m a native of the Palmetto State. It came from my political experiences in a Republican stronghold, and my home state’s sordid history of racial injustice. Last January, on the day before the state’s General Assembly convened, I dropped off letters to each state House and…