Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
And they’re all women.
Alexis Rogers, Temple University
Tyler Mitchell will be the first African-American photographer to shoot the magazine’s cover in its 126 years of operation.
Audrey Bowers, Ball State University
Reading African-American literature is a great way to celebrate Black History Month, but learning about black history shouldn’t end when March arrives.
Emily Daniel, Colgate University
Adding racial issues to a show already abundant in drama means Rachel must toe the line between entertainment and inspiration.
Get into the game by viewing some of these classics about the country’s favorite sport.
Elliot Jackson-Ontkush, Skidmore College
People in the U.S. often claim they ‘don’t have an accent,’ but there are actually a variety of dialects present in the country originating from all over the world.
Isabelle Juan, Truman State University
Using the lens of the Korean American experience, this essay collection presents a fiery look at the subtle ways that white supremacy manifests itself.
Karen Lu, Yale University
The racial abuse that started due to a virus being characterized as the ‘Chinese virus’ is by no means the first time it has happened.
Nnekakwo Adibe, Lesley University
Breaking down the contemporary issues that plague the African American patient experience by exploring the historical significance of medical malpractice and health inequities.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
Two doctors came under intense criticism after suggesting using African nations as testing grounds for a COVID-19 vaccine, prompting the hashtag #AfricansAreNotLabRats
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
Despite its endorsement from Oprah, Jeanine Cummins’ book about the life of a Mexican woman is having a damaging impact on minorities.
Giana Gayles, Stanford University
Awê! We underestimate our neighbors to the east, who have created their own innovative spin on the genre.
Alicia Owens, Georgia State University
Hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett talks about alienation on this EP.
Caleb Clark, Hillsdale College
Nigerian musician Burna Boy could be the next breakout artist.
Sydney Hawkins, Alabama A&M University
Rap and hip-hop is once again turning to Africa for inspiration.
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
This album honors black pride and celebrates diversity.
Jillian Morris, Chapman University
These style savants are pushing the world of jawns into overdrive.
Elizabeth Ivanecky, McMaster University
Through his research on Indian-Americans who served in the U.S. Army in World War I, Kalo shows that the immigrant community contributed to building America as a nation.
Shashank Rao, University of Michigan
Why the Asian American community needs to deal with its anti-blackness ideals.
As a result of their own struggles with racism, Asian Americans have exhibited a history of complicity in the oppression of black bodies.
Alli Guaman, Marymount Manhattan College
The American flag, meant to represent an “indivisible” country, is for some a symbol of intolerance and hatred.
Jessie Yang, The University of Hong Kong
Having gone to school in Hong Kong and California, I know that what people think about American students generally depends on how many of them they know.
August Wright, College of Charleston
Sorry folks, but he did win fair and square after all.
Jessica Peña, University of Texas at San Antonio
With a Trump visit to San Antonio looming on the horizon, Mexican Americans throughout the region reflect on their heritage and the Republican nominee.
Re’nesia Mills, University of Tampa
Produced by a team of mostly African American people, the Netflix series aims to teach children of color how to navigate uncomfortable situations and appreciate themselves.
Sarah Gudenau, Oakland University
The 2015 hip-hop concept album has a renewed importance because of its social and political commentary on racial inequality, institutional discrimination and African American culture.
Imani Benberry, Columbia University
The use of African American Vernacular English has become increasingly popular on social media, but ultimately, it exploits Black expression.
Chase Cutarelli, Columbia University
Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s exploration of African Americans during the Progressive Era unveils the prejudice behind evidence of Black criminality.
Maya Butler, Baylor University
Told through the stories of three unknown African Americans, the book explores the all-too-human desire for freedom.
Jenna Cramer, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
The film, which was shown to Starbucks workers during their anti-bias training, offers a poignant look into the struggles of African Americans.
Julian Randall, Texas Tech University
These big names in fashion are contributing to expanding the representation of the African American community in the industry.
Jeymes Samuel may have revived the genre with his new revenge-driven, fictional Black Western.
The new Netflix series discusses Kaepernick’s experiences with discrimination and the obstacles he had to overcome to achieve his dream.
Daniel Buccafusca, East Stroudsburg University
The beloved DC Comics hero is not as popular as he was before he got put on the big screen.
Esha Shah, New Jersey Institute of Technology
These five show selections are bound to help audiences relate and relieve their stress as the holiday — and potential family drama — approaches.
The Golden Globes, Oscars and Emmys have recently faced criticism for a lack of representation in their voting committees as well as their nominee and winner selections.
Angelica Rovinski, Arcadia University
The remake of the contemporary horror classic released earlier this year. But is there enough lore to keep the story interesting and new enough for its viewers?
Zach Spangler, University of Michigan
The streaming service’s new documentary offers basketball fans a rare, but necessary, perspective on the 2004 brawl between players and fans.
Niall Calvert, Wesleyan University
The Netflix documentary thrusts the veiled, often ignored pseudoscience of this illegitimate practice into the spotlight.
Olivia Wisse, Hofstra University
Billie Eilish’s sophomore album ends critical whispers of her ‘flop era’ but is it possible to forgive her often problematic persona?
Zach Terrillion, Oberlin College
The games that we all know and love is supposed to be a neutral ground, but there is a lot of tension among competitors this year.
After being neglected for more than 50 years, unearthed footage from the Harlem Cultural Festival demonstrates the importance of honoring the music of Black artists.
The American sports journalist is creating a groundbreaking Spotify network, named the Unbothered Network, that is sure to increase the visibility of Black creators on the platform.
Lauren Koop, London School of Economics - Peking University
With the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics under a month away, these women have captured the hearts of millions. Hopefully, two of them capture gold, too.
Fatima Sani, Rollins College
The famous character has been reincarnated in media countless times, but is almost always a white woman. Challenging this norm would be a step in the right direction.
Recent efforts to ban discussion of systemic racism from American curricula represent a dangerous blunder with the potential to upset equitable social progress.
Jael Davis, DePaul University
Don’t let the colorful swimsuits and fruity lotions fool you: Excessive sun or UVA exposure can be a pathway toward racial transgressions.
Michael Boland, DePaul University
The harmful practice began decades ago and the consequences it has had on society persist today.
Drew Goretzka, Michigan State University
Those in favor cite the need to improve public health, but opponents have concerns over both freedom and the possibility for racially biased enforcement.
The prison industrial complex continues to operate as one of the most dominant mechanisms of systemic racism.
Although award shows still have a long way to go in recognizing women within the film industry, here are seven whose careers are currently opening the door for the next generation.
In order to effectively create equity within the United States, we must implement policies that financially support disenfranchised groups.
Sarah Esquivel, University of Texas at San Antonio
The recent Netflix documentary reveals problems in the U.S. school system that go beyond the infamous 2019 admission scandal.
While hip-hop and rap have become a phenomenon in China, these artists have abandoned both the genre’s Black roots and its emphasis on authenticity.
Alexandra Cortez, Trinity University
Check out these novels before their film versions hit the theaters and streaming services.
Kiera Baity, Kennesaw State University
Take a glimpse at the accomplishments of this talented young woman who overcame a speech disorder and went on to shape the future for creative writers.
Anna Wurm, Texas A&M University
Is the popular dating show uplifting its female contestants? Or is it promoting toxicity and codependency?
Olivia Moosey, DePaul University
The stage might be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are many diverse movies you can watch to fill the time.
The increased presence of celebrities on social media sometimes makes people think they are closer to their favorites than they are. This can have serious consequences.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
This year has taken an incredible toll on people, especially Black women.
The controversial films were an example of Black empowerment, and their mark can still be seen in filmmaking today.
From the Know Your Rights Camp to GoodKids MadCity, these groups are empowering some of society’s marginalized young people.
Abigail Adeleke, University of Miami
The actor had a major impact on Black culture through his portrayal of several Black icons and legendary characters.
Yasmeen Ludy, University of Michigan
With the release of her latest visual album, Beyonce has set the bar yet again with a powerful tribute to Black culture.
When white-owned makeup brands exclude people with darker skin tones, these companies are here to step up.
The award-winning filmmaker has turned to the medium of paint to honor her culture and familial roots.
Chloe Hamer, Pitzer College
The concept provides an artistic and powerful way to engage in social change by coaxing our imagination to connect us to the voices of the past.
Mitchell Tanaka, Chapman University
Far more than just a space show, the sci-fi franchise continues to explore complex moral topics from a wide variety of perspectives.
America’s LGBTQ+ community should be recognized on the National Mall, alongside other minorities within the country.
Fighting racism, sexism and injustice, their resilience remained unwavering. These icons’ legacies mark them as trailblazers.
Hannah Docter-Loeb, Wesleyan University
When seeking out anti-racism resources, make sure to do your research on what kind of messages are being promoted in art and in the media.
Our nation’s capital becoming a state is about more than just achieving equal representation in Congress; it’s also about attaining racial equity.
‘Such a Fun Age’ and ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ illustrate that just avoiding overt racism isn’t enough to combat white supremacy on a systemic level.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
The video app is credited with revitalizing interest in the retro sport, but roller-skating has been an integral part of people’s lives and culture for decades.
School often clouds the truth or conveniently excludes details, narrating a white-washed, cis-centric, heteronormative and incomplete past.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
Replacing the CEO with a Black executive isn’t enough to establish long-term inclusivity. There is still work to do in the name of transformative action.
They are often essential community institutions, and their continued survival during the pandemic is now more important than ever.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
The number of petitions that have been circulating among millions of Americans over the past few weeks has made a significant impact on the passage of new legislation.
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
Western society has generalized the people of Asia for too long, and effectively erased South Asians, their culture and their unique experiences.
Anna Swenson, Butler University
The Hulu miniseries uses everyday scenes to take on an all too persistent problem in the fight for racial equality.
James C. Loftis, University of North Texas
The protagonist of Insomniac Games’ brand-new title is leaving comic enthusiasts even more excited about the franchise’s newest installment.
Emily Jewett, University of San Diego
Julie Berry mixes the gods of Ancient Greece with romance and World War I, all in a novel that portrays the violence of white supremacy.
Reem Farhat, Fordham University
Here’s a starting point for educating yourself about the history and effects of racial inequality in the United States.
American pop culture has been defined by black excellence for decades. From Gordon Parks to Aaliyah, black artists continue to influence the new generation.
In the wake of the pandemic, hundreds of Pride events have been cancelled. Here’s how you can still take part even if you can’t do it in-person.
Eric Cervini’s historical opus describes how homophobia within American law enforcement bears a striking resemblance to racist policing practices.
Your online presence is an important tool for demonstrating support for black voices.
Published in 2017, Paul Butler’s book equips supporters of Black Lives Matter with one more important resource to curb racism in law enforcement.
Bradford Smith, Louisiana State University
After two decades and traversing multiple genres, the rock duo has stayed loyal to the musical tradition that got them started.
The trailblazing style of the late guitar player can be seen in both blues and rock ‘n’ roll, including in artists like the Black Keys.
With no dark-skin representation, the show is continuing the harmful idea that only light-skinned black people are worth casting.
Her turn toward social commentary has received praise, but every artist should be taking on these issues — and many already do.
S. T. Perez, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
The sequel to the 1992 film of the same name is expected to combine chills with insights about race in America.
Angel Lin, University of California, Santa Barbara
We stan the biromantic, asexual woman of color protagonist in Claire Kann’s new novel.
Rose Younglove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
There is no better way to celebrate the feeling of love than binge-watching some movies to melt your heart.
You won’t see too many black creators advertised on the video-sharing site, so here’s something to help get you started.
Nathan Coles, Oakland University
The test’s complicated history and seeming inability to accurately gauge success later in life means that we need to say goodbye to this old mainstay.
Cynthia Vasquez, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
The new exhibit ‘The [R]evolution of Hip Hop’ puts this genre’s long history in the limelight, highlighting its changes and triumphs.
Dylan Kazanova, University of Texas at San Antonio
Ibram X. Kendi’s newest book mixes personal narrative and political analysis to examine how structural racism manifests itself today — oftentimes unconsciously.
You can always count on this New York radio show to keep it real — whether it’s the music or the commentary, these hosts are guaranteed to make mornings better.
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