Voices

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Why We Can't Afford to Leave Race Out of School Funding Conversations [Op-Ed]

On the 65th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility senior fellow Roseann Liu breaks down why it’s imperative to call out racism when advocating for fair school funding.

The city of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

From Notre Dame to Flint, Our Giving Exposes Who We Are [Op-Ed]

Writer Wei Jia and Project South’s Azadeh Shahshahani explore why the cathedral is being rebuilt by billionaires, but—five years after the water crisis began—Flint still doesn’t have safe water.

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Election 2020: Ignore Women of Color at Your Own Peril [OP-ED]

The women behind Intersections of Our Lives say that if there’s one thing that can be learned from the last election, it’s that the votes of women of color should not be taken for granted.

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'I'm Black and That's Not Going to Happen': A Queer Black Femme on the Mueller Report [OP-ED]

National LGBTQ Task Force’s Candace Bond-Theriault says it never made sense for Black folks, queer folks and feminists of color to put faith in the Mueller report because they know better.

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EXCERPT: Kenrya Rankin and Akiba Solomon Tackle White Supremacy in New Book

In this selection from “How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance,” Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin explore the pervasiveness of structural racism and the many ways Black people inch us closer to collective freedom.

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From Fyre Fest to Theranos, the Invisible Racial Subtext of Raising Capital [Op-Ed]

Lynnise Pantin, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at Columbia Law School, argues that it is possible to create an environment that prioritizes equality of access to capital for entrepreneurs of color.

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Guided by Love, Abortion Care Providers Are Voices For Their Communities [Op-Ed]

On Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, Whole Woman’s Health’s Marva Sadler shares what guides her mission to provide quality, compassionate abortion care.

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Congress Must Pass Raise the Wage Act, Secure Better Future for Women [Op-Ed]

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Saru Jayaraman and Destiny Lopez connect the dots between securing increased pay for women earning a tipped wage and improved access to reproductive health care.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.

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Teens from Parkland and Chicago Ask: 'How Many More Must Die?'

Student organizers Brandon Dasent and Amina Henderson unite to push for gun control that will keep kids in their communities safer.

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The Real Cost of Being the POC 'In the Room' Required to Shut Down Obviously Racist Products

A common response to failed products like the Gucci blackface sweater is that there should have been a Black person “in the room” to save the company from marketing racism. We need to talk what it takes to get into that room and the cost of staying there. 

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How the Promise of Roe v. Wade Left Women of Color Behind [OP-ED]

Roe has never been full of promise for women of color, immigrant women and women with low incomes. But if the Trump administration gets its way, we have the most to lose.

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: 'Steven Universe,' Future Vision and the Value of Freedom Dreaming

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, deputy editor Kenrya Rankin reflects on the power of “Steven Universe.”

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: The Power and Pain of 'Whitney'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, senior editorial director Akiba Solomon explains why you should watch the definitive Whitney Houston documentary, even if you aren’t a fan.

Meek Mill raises his arms in victory on stage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on October 23, 2018.

Colorlines Favorites of 2018: Meek Mill Seeks Redemption on 'Championships'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2018 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, contributing writer Shani Saxon dives into why Meek Mill’s “Championships” was the year’s best album.

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: On Normalcy and the Kondabolu Brothers Podcast

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, arts and culture reporter Sameer Rao discusses the many comforts of the Kondabolu Brothers podcast.

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: Cardi B's 'Invasion of Privacy' and the Value of Authenticity

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2018 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, contributing editor Ayana Byrd on why Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” was the year’s best album.

Janet Mock, Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Billy Porter. Group of Black actors and filmmakers and one White producer on stage with a purple light and purple curtain behind them and a black banner that reads in purple letters "Pose FX"

Colorlines Favorites of 2018: The Messy Humanity and Community of 'Pose'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, editorial assistant catherine gonzalez discusses why the FX series “Pose” is her favorite TV show of the year. 

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People in the Movies Aren't Parsi Like Me, Except in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Flaws aside, the Freddie Mercury biopic was “deeply personal” for writer and activist Aryenish Birdie because it was the first time she ever saw her ethnic identity in pop culture.

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'They Can Only Stretch the Bond. They Can't Break It.'

Michael Africa Jr. was born behind bars in 1978, right before his political prisoner parents were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. In 2018, for the first time in his life, Africa saw his mom and dad free and in the same space. Here’s a family story, 40 years in the making.