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Tulsa, Oklahoma - so-called Black Wall Street before 2021 massacre

Artist’s Black Wall Street Project Is About Tulsa 100 Years Ago — And Today

Artist Paul Rucker is fearless when it comes to taking on terrible moments in American history. One of them, in Tulsa, Okla., was destroyed by a white mob 100 years ago, on May 31, 1921. The catastrophic attack on what was known as Black Wall Street might be the worst single episode of racial violence in American history, with 35 city blocks of Black community destroyed and flattened. Continue Reading Artist’s Black Wall Street Project Is About Tulsa 100 Years Ago — And Today

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A photo of poet Ryka Aoki

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best

In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” author Ryka Aoki shares how growing up in the U.S., she had a hard time seeing what happens on a societal level, but still wants it to be better, as well as her personal experiences as a transgender woman. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best

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Barry Jenkins served as showrunner, executive producer, writer and director to the 10-part Amazon series, The Underground Railroad. CREDIT: Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios

TV REVIEW: ‘Underground Railroad’ Is A Hard But Beautiful Reflection On Black Pain

For this Black TV critic, completing Barry Jenkins’ ambitious, beautifully brutal, 10-episode adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad was an emotional journey that touched every nerve of what it feels like to be a person of color striving to matter in America. Continue Reading TV REVIEW: ‘Underground Railroad’ Is A Hard But Beautiful Reflection On Black Pain

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Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Reading List

In the past year, and throughout history, narratives surrounding Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been rife with violence, hardship and grief. Yet they are so much more than their experiences of suffering — beyond tales of war and isolation, there is joy, confusion, anger and relief. Continue Reading Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Reading List

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A mural of George Floyd at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue S. in Minneapolis, United States, on January 18, 2021. (Photo by Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Artist Behind A George Floyd Mural Reflects On How It Became A ‘Ubiquitous Icon’

One of the most recognizable images of Floyd sits just above the spot where he drew his last breath – at the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis. It’s a haunting, 12-foot mural of Floyd, painted in black and white by Minneapolis-based artist Peyton Scott Russell. Continue Reading The Artist Behind A George Floyd Mural Reflects On How It Became A ‘Ubiquitous Icon’

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