Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Explore How We Construct Our Identities

From essays about the ways mental illness can shape our memories to a lyrical poem that attempts to reconcile desire and political ideas, these books examine the stories we tell ourselves.

Man lies in bed reading and smoking a cigarette

WATCH: First Full Trailer for 'Barry' Biopic

The upcoming Netflix film follows 20-year-old Barack Obama in New York City.

Supermodel Patricia Velasquez Tells Her Coming-Out Story

The Venezuelan beauty wants to inspire others to embrace their true identities with her new memoir.

One Photo Prompts Much-Needed Conversation About Latino Identity

Photographer Edgar Núñez captures a shot that captures the diversity of the Latino community.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I Used to Push Back on Being Identified as Black

It’s very easy when you’re an immigrant to internalize mainstream ideas, Adichie says.

Director of 'The Whiteness Project' Wants 'Honest Conversation' About Race

White filmmaker Whitney Dow talks about why he focused on white people in his latest project about race.

What is 'The Whiteness Project?'

New PBS series aims to bring more whites into the racial discussion.

Michel Martin on Who Americans Are, Really

Martin continues to elevate unheard voices, which she perfected on NPR’s “Tell Me More”

Raven-Symoné: 'I'm an American, I'm not an African-American'

She also doesn’t ‘want to be labeled gay.’

Who Gets To Be An All-American Kid?

Reaction to Indian-American student winners of last night’s National Spelling Bee

Weekend Read: Life Now for San Antonio Boy After Racist Slurs

Day 6 in series looking at immigration in middle of country

Photo Series Explores Multiracial America

The 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine features striking photographs that document the shifting racial landscape of the U.S.