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“I see my work as forcing us to confront our hypocrisy, forcing us to confront the truth we would rather ignore,” Jones…


Evelyn from the Internets speaks about her viral video

Photo courtesy of Evelyn Ngugi

It’s Monday morning, you wake up, brush your teeth, have your coffee, maybe even get a good workout in! You’re ready to start your day! You pick up your phone for a quick social media scroll and that’s when you see it:

The hashtag. The protests. The video. Another Black man, Black woman, Black child. Murdered by the police.

Suddenly, the day feels like trash and you just want to crawl back into bed. But what excuse can you give to your boss? …


Tell a loved one about how to protect against conspiracy theories and misinformation

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Last week, a slew of Black social media users blasted the Democratic Party and urged the Black community to consider voting for Trump. Just one problem — the accounts didn’t actually belong to Black people at all. Instead, they were fake accounts trying to give the misleading impression that Black voters are voting for Trump in droves.

Disinformation is nothing new.

A Senate inquiry confirms that bad actors targeting Black people on social media was just one part of a multipronged disinformation campaign meant to sow division, chaos, and distrust ahead of the 2016 election. And the Black community was…


Back to the Future

From its covers to introductions of household names, the publication proved Oprah to be a maverick

Cover of O Magazine with Oprah Winfrey on a Windows 95 desktop with a rainbow gradient background.
Cover of O Magazine with Oprah Winfrey on a Windows 95 desktop with a rainbow gradient background.

This story is a part of our Back to the Future series on how key moments in the year 2000 influenced similar events in 2020.

When I was in college, I read an article in O, The Oprah Magazine that I’ve held onto like a button. I was an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky, and my myopic mind was not yet filled with the possibilities of life outside the state. I wanted a better life than the one I was handed as a girl, and college was my way out, but I had no idea where to start…


Medium writer Tressie McMillan Cottom has some questions about the shows y’all love so much

We’re all looking for ways to distract ourselves from the — how did Jake Tapper put it last night?—the “hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck” that is American politics these days. Between the death of a beloved Supreme Court justice, the raging pandemic, and the upcoming election, escapism has become one of the few ways any of us can get any peace of mind.

Along those lines, Medium writer Tressie McMillan Cottom reached out for some recommendations for mindless entertainment with which she could drown her sorrows about the state of the world. Unfortunately for her…


‘Jevas Combativas’ is the only Spanish-language feminist show on commercial radio in America

Photo of the three hosts of Juvas Combativas, they are laughing and smiling while standing side by side.
Photo of the three hosts of Juvas Combativas, they are laughing and smiling while standing side by side.
Stephanie Loraine Piñeiro, MSW, Krizia Ivelisse López Arce, and Adriana Jiménez, the hosts of Jevas Combativas. Photos: Kadeem Cobham

In Puerto Rico, young people have come of age in a time of constant crisis. Throughout a 14-year-long recession and Hurricane María’s aftermath, thousands have been forced to leave while those left behind fight to survive. When a transcript of chats between government officials, including then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, in which misogynist, transphobic, classist, and corrupt behavior was revealed, young people protested in July 2019 to oust him.

This mobilization was the genesis of Jevas Combativas, or “resilient girlfriends,” the only Spanish-language feminist show on commercial radio in the United States. For creator Iza Montalvo, the driving force was providing “anti-patriarchal…


The ESPN alums and longtime friends team up to host a new late-night talk show on Vice TV

Closeup portrait photo of Jemele Hill and Cari Champion standing back-to-back.
Closeup portrait photo of Jemele Hill and Cari Champion standing back-to-back.
Cari Champion and Jemele Hill. Photo: Jasmine Durhal

Over the past few years, “listen to Black women” has become a ubiquitous refrain on social media and IRL. Black women show up at the polls, amplify important issues, and mobilize the people. Still, some folks are slow to heed our advice or follow our lead. That, however, hasn’t stopped Jemele Hill and Cari Champion from voicing their incisive opinions on everything from electoral politics to the ways race and gender intersect with sports today. The two ESPN alums don’t mince words — we know Hill is never afraid to call out the occupant of the White House — and…


Doing It My Way

The Afro-Latina news anchor discusses her memoir and how she isn’t afraid to confront racism

Book cover of Ilia’s book, “My Time to Speak,” against a yellow filter background photo of Ilia in the CNN newsroom.
Book cover of Ilia’s book, “My Time to Speak,” against a yellow filter background photo of Ilia in the CNN newsroom.
Photo illustration; Image source: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

For some of us, our first encounter with Univision news anchor Ilia Calderón was in 2017 when a video of her interview with a Ku Klux Klan leader went viral after he threatened to burn the Afro-Latina journalist alive. But for those immersed in Spanish-language media, who have followed the 49-year-old’s career, Calderón is more than a viral moment. She’s an Emmy winner, a trusted voice, and an icon with 20 years of experience in journalism. …


Novelist Nicole Dennis Benn interviews Dana Canedy

A closeup portrait shot of Dana Canedy.
A closeup portrait shot of Dana Canedy.
Dana Canedy. Photo: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

One would never believe that Dana Canedy was only a few days away from her Monday, July 27 start date as the first Black woman ever to be senior vice president of publishing giant Simon and Schuster. I was tasked to interview this magnificent woman, and her tone was welcoming, a light, refreshing breeze to help settle my nerves. …


A former reporter on why she left the industry

Black female journalist recording on her video camera.
Black female journalist recording on her video camera.
Photo: GeorgeManga/Getty Images

Before I quit journalism in 2016, I got to tell a lot of stories over my 17-year career. There’s one I’ve kept mostly to myself — until now.

After graduating from Hampton University with my journalism degree, I spent most of my career in Pittsburgh, where I got a job as a copy editor, news editor for a few of our weekly community newspapers, then as a columnist, which was my dream. But once I got this job, I had to beg for someone to considerably edit my work and provide any kind of personal feedback. I was replacing another…

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