Zimmerman's attempt to commodify and capitalize on the death of Trayvon Martin is a phenomenon that has been happening in American since well before the founding of this country.
We talked to five black atheists about what it's like to be black in America and reject the the idea of a higher power.
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba began to make Jackson, Mississippi, a model for new African American politics and economics. And then he died.
Being a hipster essentially means you struggle to give your life meaning through the things you consume and the irony you employ. Being black in America means that your struggle is for life itself.
When AIDS first appeared on the scene in the 1980s, America was pursuing policies that lead to the mass incarceration of blacks exposed to HIV through intravenous drug use and crack-related sex work.
Like my white friends, I learned how to be a proper teenager through movies—except for most of the films I watched didn't have any real black characters.
It's easy to write off pop cultural racism as "just a joke." But if we ignore small microaggressions, then we ignore how they create a larger picture of anti-black racism in society today.
The new film by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah is essentially a love story, but its searing visuals convey the limitless possibility of violence in the inner city.
While others lost everything, I stayed in FEMA-funded hotel rooms and lapped up pity from those who saw my Louisiana license plate. Instead of character, all I got out of Katrina was a party-friendly anecdote.
There was a time when I vowed to never bring another black child into this world. "For what?" I thought. "To be beaten, to be caged, to be taught to hate himself and everyone who shares the same skin as him?"
She has begun taking appointments for braids and weaves after Eastern Washington University refused to renew her contract following the scandal, according to a new interview in Vanity Fair.
We spoke to Natalie Bullock Brown, who's creating a documentary that dissects the messages black women receive about beauty.
Both are rooted in blaming the victim.
Rick Famuyiwa's new film melds film genres in an effort to trick moviegoers into seeing it's young black male protagonist as an actual human being. But while breaking down some stereotypes, it also reinforces others.
Out of the hundreds of conversations I've had on the app, about half of them have involved a man tokenizing me for my ethnicity.
The rising star shares the personal struggles she went through in becoming an LGBT icon in the New York art world.
I'm still trying to figure out what the most loaded two syllables in the English language mean to me.
We talked to filmmaker Kate Kunath about gentrification, queer spaces, and the legacy of south Brooklyn gay club Starlite.
To find out what it's like for minorities working in the fashion industry, we reached out some prominent people of color who are involved in modeling, styling, editing, designing, and photography.
"You've got a sort of mini-genocide going on and it just doesn't penetrate because America's so racially divided."
"There wasn't a lot of stuff going on in Cleveland. It felt like the city could grind you down. In a lot of ways that motivated me to try to get better at something, to find a way out and break through."
"Lightskin or Darkskin," Nate Hill's latest project, explores the weird pigment-based prejudices we carry around in our heads.
And the black barbershop is where it all takes shape.
The most dangerous man in comics, and the genius behind Real Deal Magazine, is now doing comics for VICE.