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Black in America

Recent and historic, gut-wrenching and inspirational: stories of the African-American experience.

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Believable Podcast, Episode 4: The Gun in the Dark Backyard

Silvon was shot by the police outside his home, and woke up handcuffed to a chair, fighting for his life in more ways than one.

The Real Story of Black Martha’s Vineyard

Beyond the beautiful beaches and glitzy galas, Oak Bluffs is a complex community that elite families, working-class locals and social-climbing summerers all claim as their own.

Confessions of an Outsider in Elite Black America

As a scholarship student at a fancy private school, I gained entry to a world few Americans see: rich, privileged and black. I decided I wanted no part of it.

They’re Fed Up With America’s Racism. So They’re Moving to Africa.

Ghana’s capital is home to a booming economy, a thriving tech scene, and a growing number of professionals who’ve decided to stop chasing the American dream.

The Black Pastor Whose “Turban Trick” Exposed American Racism

Rev. Routté bluffed his way into first-class treatment in the Jim Crow-era south — unmasking the ridiculous hypocrisy of segregation.

I Was a Black Nazi Skinhead

When I went to prison I was black. By the time I got out 11 years later I was crazy, fascist and white.

He Was Shot in the Back By a Cop…Then Spent 18 Months in Jail

After Silvon Simmons was shot by a police officer, he was the one charged with attempted murder. Now he’s piecing his life back together.

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This Ferguson Activist Wants to be Missouri’s First Black Congresswoman

Cori Bush is a registered nurse, a pastor and a mom. After taking to the streets to protest police killings, she looked in the mirror and said, “why not politician, too?”

Inspired by Black Lives Matter, This Masked Man Patrols Under the Cover of Darkness

Block by block, cycle-bound activist Sabir Abdussabur fights injustice on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut.