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Age: 27 Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy Most Likely to: Have a deep and heartfelt conversation with you upon meeting you Favorite Quote: “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” - James Baldwin Ashleigh Eubanks is a woman of few words. Not because she has nothing to say, but because there's so much that needs to be done—and she's doing it. She's an instrumental member of the Audre Lorde...
I Am Not Your Negro Raoul Peck Opens February 3 There is a moment in I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck’s masterfully eloquent living essay on race and America, when its subject/speaker/agonist James Baldwin decries how whites allow themselves to become “moral monsters” through unexamined bigotry. Quoting the phrase without further context or Baldwin’s typically vigorous rhetorical lead-up won’t capture its power, but suffice to say that Baldwin in this film conveys the very opposite...
Mychal Denzel Smith’s vital debut memoir Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching adopts its title from a song on Mos Def’s 1999 debut album Black On Both Sides. It’s the perfect metaphor for Smith to stand upon as a soapbox to speak on the duality of how black male identity is flattened, commodified, and consumed voraciously by the American masses. Check the ratings on this week’s NBA Finals or that ever-growing number below...
Richmond, Virginia artist Lucy Dacus is asking listeners to think and grow in a more complex way with her debut album No Burden, out tomorrow. When I spoke with Dacus, she’d just finished reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. “He was a bisexual black man writing in pivotal decades in America,” Dacus said. “He’s so eloquent, and it felt like a really important read to me. It’s kind of what I want to...

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