Black Culture

Music

Ariana Grande's Wax Figure Is Her, Minus Pretending to Be Black

Ariana Grande is white, and Madame Tussauds London's waxwork is a good reminder.
Alex Zaragoza
5.28.19
longreads

A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men

Understanding the Black women who seized a common pantry item—and, with it, power.
Cynthia R. Greenlee
2.14.19
Fortnite

Fortnite's Appropriation Issue Isn't About Copyright Law, It's About Ethics

Epic Games must credit the black artists whose work it has appropriated.
Yussef Cole
2.11.19
extremely online

How the Internet Became a Playground for Exploiting Black Creators

Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is currently in litigation with Black creators over the use of their dance moves. But the video game company is not the first to mine Black digital ingenuity for profit.
Shamira Ibrahim
2.4.19
Culture

The Professor Who Made Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' a College Course

After empowering Southern students of color with her "Lemonade" course, Texas professor Omise’eke Tinsley retraces her own roots in a new book.
Rachel Rascoe
12.13.18
RACISM

'N*****fishing' Is the New Form of Blackface

The word describes white women who change their appearance to look black or racially ambiguous. We spoke to someone accused of this, and to the women calling her out.
Janae Price
11.20.18
Music

Brilliant Photos of Black Joy at the 2018 Afropunk Festival

In its 13th year, Afropunk BK is more than a music festival. It's a Black revival of self-expression.
Danielle Kwateng-Clark
8.27.18
Photography

60 Photos Capture 6 Decades of Communities of Color

Two photographers tell the stories of Afrocentric communities from the 1960s to today.
Antwaun Sargent
7.18.17
Photo

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
6.7.16
Art

An Artist Discovers His Black Heritage Through Photography

German-born photographer Zun Lee documents the special non-special moments of black family life.
Beckett Mufson
2.11.16
Stuff

Celebrating Passover with Israel's Black Hebrews

Zionist but not Jewish, Israel's "Black Hebrews" immigrated to Israel from the United States with a pitstop in Liberia. To these believers, it was an act of homecoming.
Daniel Tepper
6.14.15
Stuff

Black Jesus Has Risen: The Gospel According to Aaron McGruder

We made a pilgrimage to the set of Adult Swim's controversial new comedy series to bear witness to the gospel according to Aaron McGruder, creator of <i>The Boondocks</i>
David Bienenstock
8.7.14
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