The Politics of the Gay Bar, 50 Years After Stonewall
Under the Trump administration, some gay bars have found themselves wrestling anew with anti-queer prejudice.
How the American Dream Went From Meaning Equality to Meaning Capitalism
Literary scholar Sarah Churchwell discusses the shifting meanings of "America first" and "the American dream."
How Reconsidering Atticus Finch Makes Us Reconsider America
In his new book, historian Joseph Crespino offers lessons drawn from Harper Lee's ambivalent treatment of this iconic character.
The Long, Defiant History of Activism Among Black Athletes
Journalist Howard Bryant's new book looks at how black athletes have historically ignored the mandate to "shut up and play."
'Love, Simon' and the Power of Telling Your Own Story
The glossy coming-of-age dramedy is about gay people writing their own lives—and it's empowering some people to come out.
Jeanne Theoharis on the Perils of Misremembering Civil Rights History
The historian debunks myths around civil rights history and makes the case for why a more honest history is key to moving forward.
Lorraine Hansberry Was More Radical Than You Remember
A new documentary highlights how the playwright took full advantage of her talents to advance mid-century civil rights.
'Call Me by Your Name' Is a Love Letter to Missed Opportunity
Luca Guadagnino's new film shows how, for many queer people, moralistic norms can create a sense of belatedness—even when they finally find love.
Time for White Allies to Move Past Perfunctory Activism
A local chapter of Black Lives Matter tells white allies to put up or shut up.
Why There's No End in Sight for Myanmar's Rohingya Exodus
The severity and speed with which the current crisis is escalating threatens to make it the worst flare-up of mass migration the country has seen in decades.
'Invisible No More' Is a Chilling History of Police Violence Against Women of Color
Andrea J. Ritchie's new book offers fresh perspective on how American law enforcement reserves particular abuse for black women.
How 'In a Heartbeat' Places Gay Love in the Romantic Canon
The viral short film reanimates clichés about love with a queer twist.
How 'Handsome Devil' Expands the Gay Coming-of-Age Canon
John Butler's new film about gay friendship puts a powerful spin on generic, feel-good Hollywood stereotypes.
The Long History Behind the Slaying of Richard Collins III
The fatal stabbing of a black Bowie State University student must be viewed in America's longer historical tradition of racial violence.
The New Rodney King Documentary Shows How Far We Have to Go
Twenty-five years ago, the Rodney King riots shook the country. It's unclear what we've learned.
'Dear White People' Expands the Possibilities of the Black College Experience on Television
The new Netflix series dramatizes the challenges that black students often face, while maintaining a vital focus on the fullness of the students' individual lives.
‘Burning Sands’ and the Black Fraternity Experience
The new movie shows us the various, sometimes contradictory reasons why young men pledge — and whether it’s worth it.
‘Get Out’ is a Welcome Rejection of the White Savior
In Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, the victims are black—and so are the heroes.
‘I Am Not Your Negro’: James Baldwin and a New Black History
In I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck offers a devastating portrait of Baldwin — and a possible blueprint for political action.