Posts Tagged: Trayvon Martin

Where You Put It on the Line: A Conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith

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Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his debut nonfiction book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, how the activist space has changed in recent years, and who he is writing for.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel, The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry.

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The Friends of Dorothy Have Something to Say to Kansas

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As we move backward in time, we must beware of yellow brick fallacies. Also: poppy fields, flying monkeys, and entrepreneurial wizards.

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Notable Chicago: 2/17–2/23

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Friday 2/17: Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s parents, will discuss Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Tickets are $15–20 and are available here. Saturday 2/18: Head to Township for Wit Rabbit Weekend #11! Readers include Matthew Corey, Molly Dumbleton, Diddle Knabb, and […]

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Binary States of America: A Letter to Obama

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In the end, although I wanted you to be more like Charles Bronson or Malcolm or Luke Cage, I am very proud to have witnessed your historic presidency—the successes, and even the disappointments.

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The Rumpus Interview with Emily Raboteau

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Emily Raboteau discusses her essay, “Know Your Rights!” from the collection, The Fire This Time, what she loves about motherhood, and why it’s time for White America to get uncomfortable.

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More Reasons Why Beyoncé Is Great

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If you make a visual album and get nominated for crazy amounts of awards, you should probably honor your performers. Beyoncé gets this (or her people do, which is close enough to the same thing), once again proving that she stands apart as an unbelievable performer and public figure. In case you didn’t catch the VMAs, Beyoncé made sure […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Ben H. Winters

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Ben H. Winters discusses his new novel Underground Airlines about an America where the Civil War never took place, writing speculative fiction, and modern racism.

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Southern Girl: Beyoncé, Badu, and Southern Black Womanhood

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None of the imagery of Lemonade is foreign to those of us who grew up in the South or who have Southern roots.

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The Recipe to Decolonized Love is in Beyoncé’s Lemonade

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“There is a curse that will be broken,” she promises.

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The Conversation: Jeremy Clark and Thiahera Nurse

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I’m thinking about the difference between “I stay somewhere” and “I live somewhere.”

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The Conversation: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Paul Tran

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The sitting down to write, convincing myself that my voice matters, even though there are so many telling me that it doesn’t.

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The Rumpus Interview with Matt Bell

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Author Matt Bell talks video games, fiction, nonfiction, politics, empathy, and his new books, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Scrapper.

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Ferguson: A Rumpus Roundup

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On Saturday, August 9, an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer. The boy was on his way home from a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, where about two-thirds of the residents are black. With so few of the facts confirmed, many of the […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Brilliant Take on the Zimmerman Verdict

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Not to overload anyone on political coverage, but Ta-Nehisi Coates’s reaction to the George Zimmerman trial is an absolute must-read. In it, he looks at the actual legal text involved in the case and points out that what’s so deeply frightening about it isn’t that the verdict flouted the law; it’s that the law—and in many […]

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Staving-off-Despair Roundup

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When there’s an injustice as great a man walking free after killing an unarmed teenager, at least we have writing to turn to. Our essays editor Roxane Gay has done some of that writing for Salon in a piece about the George Zimmerman trial titled “Racism is every American’s problem.”An essay or an Op-Ed won’t solve anything,” […]

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Trayvon Martin Roundup

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The Sanford City commission has rejected police chief Bill Lee’s resignation. George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for second-degree murder. Jelani Cobb on what it took to get Zimmerman arrested. “When law enforcement officers accept—without question—an admitted killer’s assertion that a homicide was justified because ‘he scared me,’ they license […]

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“What It’s Like to be a Problem”

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At The Nation, Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down the wider political context surrounding the Trayvon Martin killing, outlining the historical and contemporary reality in which it is “acceptable to presume the guilt” of black bodies. “Liberal democracy—based on commitment to individual liberty and dignity—does not exist if the government legislates against particular bodies in public spaces, […]

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Trayvon Martin

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President Obama made a statement this morning. Updates from Ta-Nehisi Coates, who was on PBS Newshour last night. “Anyone who’s outside of straight white maleness, you have to deal with other people’s expectations and fear of who you are.” Our friend W. Kamau Bell on The War Room. Images from Wednesday night’s Million Hoodies March […]

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Trayvon Martin

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A Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin is taking place in NYC right now. Live streaming video here. There’s a Bay Area Million Hoodies March that begins at the Bradley Manning Plaza at 5:30 PM and ends at UN Plaza. Today is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. At The Atlantic, […]

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Trayvon Martin

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“How did a kid armed with Skittles and an iced tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain? And why didn’t police detain shooter George Zimmerman?” Mother Jones reports. Ta-Nehisi Coates has had ongoing coverage. “This investigation wasn’t one. It was a sham, an homage to the bad old days of Southern justice.” Evidence […]

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