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  • Podcast: ‘Yo, Is This Racist?’

    “Yo, Is This Racist?” is a podcast hosted by Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome based on Ti’s blog of the same name. Ti and Newsome invite guests to answer fan-submitted questions via voicemails and emails on whether various things are racist.

  • Book, film: ‘12 Years a Slave’

    The book and film “12 Years a Slave” tells the true, remarkable firsthand account of Solomon Northup, a free Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery. In the entrancing memoir he states, “It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives. He cannot withstand the influence of habit and associations that surround him. Taught from earliest childhood, by all that he sees and hears, that the rod is for the slave's back, he will not be apt to change his opinions in maturer years.” The 2013 film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, in addition to multiple other awards.

  • Book: ‘Chokehold: Policing Black Men’

    Former prosecutor Paul Butler demonstrates how the U.S. criminal justice system controls Black men in “Chokehold: Policing Black Men." A Washington Post Notable Book and NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work) Nominee, the book uses extensive research to conclude that most violent crime in the U.S. is committed by white men. The New York Times Book Review called it, “The most readable and provocative account of the consequences of the war on drugs since Michelle Alexander’s ‘The New Jim Crow.’”

  • Book: ‘They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South’

    In Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers’ “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South,” the hidden history of white women as active participants in this racist institution is uncovered, showing how white women were able to find legal loopholes such as suing their husband or maintaining an inheritance in order to ensure their dominance over slaves. Jones-Rogers said in an interview with The Washington Post, “Formerly enslaved people talk very much about mistresses that were very much masters… not only were white women capable of exercising mastery over them...they also were in some cases the only individuals who exercised mastery over them.”

  • Poem: ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’

    “Citizen: An American Lyric” is a book-length poem that explores racism through everyday occurrences both large and small. The eloquently written work won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, NAACP Image Award, L.A. Times Book Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award.

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  • Film: ‘Malcolm X’

    “Malcolm X” is Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed biopic of the storied activist’s life. Focusing on key moments in his complex, volatile life, the film portrays Malcolm’s coming of age and ascendance in the civil rights movement through his assasination. The 1992 film was nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes, also winning multiple NAACP awards.

  • Book: ‘Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II’

    “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historical account of the “Neoslavery” period following the end of the civil war. In this nonfiction work, Douglas A. Blackmon uses both narrative and primary sources to outline the ways in which slavery never ended.

  • Documentary: ‘LA ‘92’

    While there is decades of evidence demonstrating the racial inequality of the American police, digital technology made it possible to demonstrate just how violent the brutality was. This was the case for Rodney King, a Black man in Los Angeles who was severely beaten by the LAPD while a civilian recorded the incident on his camcorder. The ensuing trial and verdict led to intense protests referred to as the Los Angeles riots. “LA ’92” uses images of the 1965 riots in the neighborhood of Watts to support the argument that racial tensions were always volatile in LA.

  • Documentary: ‘Difficult Love’

    “Difficult Love” is a 2010 documentary by Zanele Muholi and Peter Goldsmid about the challenges Muholi faces being a Black lesbian in a highly racist country. The film places the work of this “visual activist” within the context of the LGBTQ+ community in South Africa.

  • Book: ‘Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present’

    This award-winning work of nonfiction unveils the extensive history of experimentation on Black bodies from colonialism through to the ongoing development of Western medicine. Seeking to elaborate on disparities in African-American health, Harriet A. Washington takes years of research to shed light on the racist experimental foundations of healthcare. “Medical Apartheid” won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, the BCALA Nonfiction Award, and the Gustavus Meyers Award.

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