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Dressed to the nines or not, some restaurants just don’t want Black folk to show up. Let’s discuss.

Some dress codes at restaurants only materialize after Black patrons show up en masse. Photo: Getty Images


In “The Monster I am Today: Leontyne Price and a Life in Verse,” Author Kevin Simmonds pens an ode of poetry and prose to the operatic grand dame.

Soprano Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in “Antony and Cleopatra” at the Met in New York City. September 1966. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

“What struck me most was her fleeting comment about ‘the monster that I am today.’”

Power Poetry — Inspired by Independence Day

A lifelong litany of demands and commands called out and quickly ignored

Photo: Jessica Felicio/Unsplash

Six Black authors join forces to tell stories of Black love, not pain

‘Blackout’ co-authors. Photo illustration: Qadir El-Amin; sources: Imani Khayyam, Cassidy Chin, Amir Lowery, Nigel Livingstone, Sonya Sones, and Andrew Fennell

My family’s method of making collards may not be the best way…

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For the first time in my life, people stared at me like I was an attraction at a museum — or even the zoo

A queue of people waiting at a bus stop in Aberdeen, 1955. Malcolm Dunbar / Getty Images.

A stamp, a coin, and a $20 bill are nice but still aren’t enough

Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

I appreciate Billy Porter’s story, but part of me wishes Black women were handled with this much care and attention

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Systemic racism persists in policing, and we cannot become complacent

Photo: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters


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