african americans


Blacks Were Enslaved Well into the 1960s

More than 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, there were black people in the Deep South who had no idea they were free. These people were forced to work, violently tortured, and raped.
Antoinette Harrell
Life Inside

A Black Mother's Survival Guide for Her Teenage Son

The only right you have, I told him, is to make it home alive.
Meredith Walker as told to Alysia Santo
Garage Magazine

Painting in Black and White: Race and the New Figurative Art

In their electric new paintings, Jordan Casteel and Celeste Dupuy-Spencer fly the flag for a new wave of American figurative painting that casts the subtleties of race in a newly engaging light.
Aruna D'Souza

A Racist White House Doesn't Surprise Black People

A white guy endorsed by KKK affiliates becoming president is scary, but not unprecedented in American history.
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

Why Black People Need to Reject Trump's Anti-Immigrant BS

Trump and his allies continue to claim that immigration threatens the jobs of poor black people, but that's a dangerous false narrative.
Wilbert L. Cooper
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

The Myth of Donald Trump’s Black Voter Outreach

As the Republican nominee makes overtures to minority voters, he's pursuing a strategy of dividing and conquering.

Muhammad Ali's Conversion to Islam Changed the World

For my father and many others, it wasn't what Ali did in the ring that made him the Greatest of All Time—it was the decision to convert to Islam.
Kaleem Aftab

'When We Were Kings' Is the Greatest Film Ever Made About Muhammad Ali

The classic documentary shows the Greatest at his most revolutionary during his run-up to fight George Foreman in Zaire in 1974.
Brandon Harris

These Images of the Black Experience Offer a Corrective to the Lily-White Photo World

The new issue of 'Aperture' highlights the joys, struggles, and beautiful complexities of life as a black person in America.
Winslow Laroche

Inside the Battle Over Florida's Racially-Charged Payday Loan Racket

The feds are set to issue new rules on cash loans taken out by the working poor. So why are Sunshine State lawmakers standing in their way?
Francisco Alvarado

A Black Man's Guide to Surviving Encounters with the Cops

One of the authors of "Encounters with Police: A Black Man's Guide to Survival" talks about Sandra Bland's controversial arrest in Texas and how people of color can attempt to avoid police brutality.
Carl Stoffers
Ladies First

Hip-Hop's First Female MCs Approve of Iggy Azalea

Lisa Lee and Sha-Rock share their thoughts on the "white-washing" of hip-hop.
Lauren Schwartzberg