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‘Black Panther’ Is Going to Be an Important Movie

Because black people have never seen anything like it before.
Noel Ransome
6.13.17
Travel

Mullahs, Skateparks, and Designer Knock-Offs: Inside Modern Iran

It's a million things at once. A country where vastly different understandings of the world live side by side.
Roya Azadi
11.29.16
the vice reader

Colson Whitehead Explains How He Grew as a Writer for 'The Underground Railroad'

Oprah's new favorite author talks to VICE about his fascinating new novel, the creative process, and why it's impossible to make fun of Donald Trump.
Brandon Harris
8.31.16
Stuff

The New 'Roots' Proves That Slave Narratives Are Still Important

The reboot of the seminal TV classic doesn't break new ground the way its predecessor did, but that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile.
Brandon Harris
6.15.16
cinema

Snoop Dogg Slams New 'Roots' Reboot in Message to Fans

"I can't watch no motherfucking more black movies where niggas get dogged down..."
John Hill
5.31.16
Vice Blog

WGN America’s Underground Is Just an Average Slave Story

'Underground,' created by 'Heroes' co-writers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, tells the story of a group of slaves plotting an escape.
Brian Josephs
3.9.16
Music

Retracing the Roots of British Sound System Culture

We spoke to reggae historian John Masouri ahead of a new photo exhibition looking back at ska, dub, calypso and dancehall sound systems in the UK.
Harry Sword
1.4.16
Interviews

Riots, Raves, and Underground Blues Parties: Stories from a Carnival Soundsystem Original

Basil Jarvis left the Caribbean for West London fifty years ago, and has blasted soca sounds onto the streets of Notting Hill every year since.
12.16.15
the Earth Died Screaming Issue

Getting Back to Basics at a Primitivist School

At ROOTS, you can learn how to make a longbow the way our premodern ancestors did – but can you learn how to live?
Aaron Lake Smith
5.15.15