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A man wearing sunglasses poses with boxing gloves decorated with the Puerto Rican flag

Ruin—and Resilience—in Post-Maria Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria began devastating Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. A look at the pain—and the survival—of the island’s rural areas. 

Beaming Black woman wears a bikini top made of gold coins and a crown

20 Reasons Why Afropunk Is Still a Creative Oasis [PHOTO ESSAY]

When it comes to style and energy, the Afropunk crowd never disappoints.

A Native man wearing a turquoise t-shirt prays while a group watches

Reflections From the Historic Protecting Mother Earth Conference [PHOTO ESSAY]

Hundreds of Native climate justice activists came to Washington State’s Frank’s Landing to share lessons, celebrate victories and build unity.

Two women stand next to each other in a field. There is a bus in the far right background. Facing the camera, the two women smile and hold their fists in the air.

Water Protectors Come Together for the Mní Wičoni Healing Gathering [PHOTO ESSAY]

Hundreds of water protectors, allies and supporters came together for healing, ceremony, celebration—and strategizing—at the Mní Wičoni Healing Gathering at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Two arms are raised in the air, their fingers laced, as people hold up protest signs in the background.

Photo Essay: Thousands of Activists March Through New York City to #DefendDACA

Just days after the Trump administration announced its decision to end DACA, thousands of immigrants and their allies rallied in protest and solidarity outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City.

A Black women with a short turquoise natural and glitter on her face laughs with another Black woman wearing a yellow wig and a yellow hat

Black Joy and a Love Supreme at Afropunk Fest 2017 [PHOTO ESSAY]

Despite complaints about its commercialization, Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn still drew an eclectic mix of cool kids of color who danced hard, sang loud and shined as bright as the stars onstage. 

Two Black men scream for help.

[PHOTO ESSAY] These 8 Images Sum Up the Absolute Terror of 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White supremacists got into terrifying formation at the “Unite the Right” actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. These images, taken by photo journalist Abdul Aziz, offer an intimate view of the inevitable violence.

A young woman in a black coat and red and white keffiyeh scarf holds a bullhorn.

PHOTO ESSAY: As You Digest the SCOTUS 'Muslim Ban' Ruling, Don't Forget About This Major Win

That the Supreme Court upheld a chunk of the ”Muslim Ban” doesn’t negate the powerful organizing that helped push the issue up to the highest court in the land.

A Black person caresses their bare shoulder.

PHOTO ESSAY: The Artist's Way to Self Care

In her photo and interview series “Chrysalis,” Nigerian-American photographer Biance M.S. Alebiosu explores how Black artists practice self-care. 

A Black woman with an afro wearing a yellow dress stands with a harp

PHOTO ESSAY: Meet 5 Jazz Artists of Color Making New Music With Healing Power

Thanks in part to crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper, a new generation is embracing jazz. Meet five artists of color who are making music to fight the power, tell our stories and heal our hearts in these tough times.

Man in white feather headdress wearing a pink and gray gas mask and denim jacket beats on a drum

15 Beautiful Moments From Native Nations Rise [PHOTOS]

Thousands of Indigenous people and allies descended on Washington, D.C., last week for the three-day Native Nations Rise convening and mass march. Photographer and digital storyteller Ayşe Gürsöz captured the whole thing.  

A smiling Chicano/Native man passes out colorful protest posters on a sunny day in L.A.

Meet Ernesto Yerena Montejano, the Artist Behind the Ubiquitous 'We the Resilient' Protest Poster

Chicano/Native/Yaqui artist Ernesto Yerena Montejano explores questions of identity, gender norms, politics and spirituality in his vibrant illustrations, prints and collages. Here, an intimate portrait of the man behind the ”We the Resilient” image you keep seeing at protests across the country. 

[PHOTOS] Facing Race 2016

A photo essay featuring some of the conference’s special moments.

Wearing colorful casual clothes, Alex Howland and Jasilea Rose Charger put up power fists while standing in front of a white tipi at Oceti Sakowin camp.

Standing Tall at Standing Rock

An intimate look at the some of the protectors (not protesters) living in the Oceti Sakowin camp in Standing Rock to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

black guns assembled into shape of gun

#TruthToPower: Be Inspired by This Confrontational Art From Banksy, Shepard Fairey

Check out images from a pop-up exhibit mounted during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

PHOTO ESSAY: How to Survive in Flint

An intimate look at how the Michigan city’s water disaster is disrupting everyday life

A New Image of Black Fatherhood [PHOTOS]

Marcus Franklin refocuses the distorting lens of mainstream media with intimate portraits of black dads and their kids.

A Day in the Shop [Photos]

Aura Bogado chronicles the work of young men training to become automotive technicians–the kinds of jobs that can lift their families out of poverty.