Photo credit: Annie Shepard, In front of Fred Wilson’s “Guarded View,” 2015. Reproduced with permission from author.

Policy Matters: On the Necessity for the NYC Cultural Plan to Address Equity Among City-Funded Arts Groups

By Nicole E. Reiner | January 2017   In Fred Wilson’s Guarded View, four black headless mannequins dressed in iconic museum guard uniforms from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Jewish Museum provoke visitors to consider the unequal power relations and stereotypes that structure our…

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A Racial Autobiography of Race in Social Science Spaces: Reflections of My Early Understandings of Race and Racism

In this personal essay, Janiece Mackey discusses how she navigated the complexities of race within the educational context. Now, having progressed from student to teacher, she promotes civic engagement and intersectional empowerment among underserved youth. Janiece’s story  serves as a precursory example of the Black student and educator experience, discussed in depth in our 2016 feature of “The Politics of…

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2016-17 HJAAP Editorial Board Applications!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 HJAAP EDITORIAL BOARD!!! DEADLINE: AUGUST 24TH! ABOUT THE JOURNAL The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (HJAAP)  is the second-oldest, student-run review published annually by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Created as an effort to promote, discuss and disseminate perspectives affecting communities of color, our mission is to…

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“Changing culture is no small feat, but educational environments provide fertile ground.” The 2015-2016 Editorial Board is excited to release our latest volume, The Politics of Black Space. The 2016 edition features articles, commentaries, interviews and creative works illuminating student movements to reaffirm identity in spaces where Black visibility and input is limited, if it exists at…

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OPINION: Where Are the Brothas? How the Continued Erasure of Black Men’s Voices on the Marriage Question Perpetuates the Black Male Deficit

By Joy L. Hightower | April 25, 2016 In 2009, Linsey Davis, a Black female correspondent for the ABC News, wrote a feature article for Nightline. She had one question: “Why are successful Black women the least likely than any other race or gender to marry?” Her story went viral, sparking a national debate. Within…

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The Urgent Need to Address K-12 School Segregation

By Rae Shih | March 29, 2016 Earlier this year, President Obama’s final State of the Union address discussed early childhood education, high school graduation rates, and community college access. But President Obama skirted a larger issue: poor academic preparation at the K-12 level is a root cause of a lack of people of color…

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From the back of the bus to the back of the house

By Christina Fletes | March 2016 In the restaurant industry, the darker your skin, the more likely you are to be found in the “back of the house.” It’s a world in which your accent prevents you from getting server and bartender jobs, regardless of your qualifications. Unless, of course, you have a European accent….

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Two Howard Alum Discuss the First Undocumented and Black Convening

By Robert Hoggard Last year, Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner in the presidential race, said that he would build a wall on the U.S.’s southern border and have Mexico pay for it. On February 9th, 2016, Donald Trump said: “The wall is probably $8 billion, which is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose…

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