Playlist: The Politics of Black Space Vol. 1

Only days before the February 1st beginning of Black History/African-Heritage/Black Future month, the internet– or should I say black Twitter, erupted in fiery chatter when it was revealed that not all black people agree on its necessity. Why dedicate an entire month to celebrating the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to the world? Rather than entertain…

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I Grew Up in Flint. Here’s Why Governor Synder Must Resign.

BY ART REYES III    January 27, 2016 This post originally appeared at Growing up in a slew of apartment complexes and trailer parks in and around Flint, Michigan, I developed a peculiar habit. I would stand on the linoleum floor of our kitchen with the telephone pressed against my face, counting. I was counting how long it…

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I think we can all agree that 2015 has been a crazy year for the black community. Yet through it all, we’ve stayed strong, resilient and steadfast (like always) in wanting better for our people. Still, to say it’s been anything other than difficult would be a mischaracterization. From frustratingly agonizing incidents of police brutality;…

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Derecka Purnell on Royall Must Fall


Photo: via Michele Hall

This Morning at Harvard Law School We Woke Up to a Hate Crime

BY MICHELE HALL This morning at Harvard Law School we woke up to a hate crime. The hallways of Harvard Law School are lined with portraits of every tenured professor in the history of the university. As a first-year law student, the first time that I walked down those hallways I was painfully aware of…

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A Relative Discovery: Why the Harvard Kennedy School Must Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

BY DELORIS WILSON AND CHRISTINA FLETES In telling your friends you’ve “discovered” a new restaurant, you imply to have found something you like; something your social circle is not yet “hip” to; something that should be on everyone’s radar but – because of your keen Googling skills or happenstance stroll down Massachusetts Avenue — has…

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Our Account: A Ferguson Photo Journal

Commentary/Photos by Derecka Purnell Photos by Mary Glen Fredrick Derecka Purnell is a first-year student at Harvard Law School and political organizer from St. Louis, Missouri. She studied Black studies and political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is committed to solving issues in the criminal justice and education systems, and her experiences…

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