His racism and intolerance have always been in evidence; only slowly did he begin to understand how to use them to his advantage.
“We can't divorce the role of artists from the role of activists and organizers.”
“America is cool because of black people. Our music is black. Our aesthetic is black … We are as American as you can be, and what do we get for it?”
The artist’s works turn the brutality of history inside out.
Four Atlantic writers discuss the Netflix adaptation of Spike Lee’s 1986 film, and the ways the series exceeds and falls short of its potential.
This author-themed tour of our history commemorates these writers and the magazine’s 160th anniversary.
Nic Stone’s novel—about a teen who writes letters to Dr. King—joins Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give amid a growing body of YA books exploring racial injustice and police brutality.
The Smithsonian's memorial of African American history and culture turns 1 at a time when its lessons are particularly resonant.
Sing, Unburied, Sing follows a family—and two ghosts—on a road trip that doubles as a journey through the painful past.
The Emmy-nominated actress and writer on what’s next after Master of None, creating her own show, and forcing the industry to pay attention to new black talent.
The director discusses the show’s midseason finale, the importance of telling black stories, and her secret to navigating the film and TV industry.
A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers.
In its second season, the Ava DuVernay-helmed show confidently tackles the messy bonds of siblings and the trickledown effects of racial profiling.
In her moving new memoir, the writer explores desire, denial, and life in an “unruly body.”
Four Atlantic staffers discuss the Netflix show’s portrayal of a group of black students at a mostly white elite university.
In her new book, Caroline Kitchener interviews some of her classmates to see how they started their careers and staked out their independence.
Two Atlantic staffers discuss Inside Jobs, a months-long reporting project that included conversations with an obituary writer, a janitor, a train conductor, and many others.
Conversations with 100 people about their work and how it shapes who they are
Marie Billiel, who has worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years, talks about having to have a “mask on” for eight hours at a time.
Shawna Rule, a 21-year-old living in South Dakota, talks about juggling a full-time job, a part-time job, and a college degree.