5 Black Artists Driving Change that You Need to Know

Art provides a unique engine for driving social change. In it’s various forms, art can foster empathy through storytelling and provide a face for various issues. From poetry to visual art to music, art can reach new audiences in ways that touch their lives, give them hope and inspire them to take action. So, here are five black artists you need to know.

Searching for the Origins of the Racial Wage Disparity In Jim Crow America

The explicit sanctioning of segregation by Jim Crow meant that black public schools lacked of resources and public funding—shortcomings that limited the skill sets and education levels of young, black men during this period, which in turn limited their job opportunities. What is the impact today?

How activists got a Black Lives Matter sign into the hands of Beyoncé’s dancers

In a now viral video the dancers hold a sign calling for justice for Mario Woods, an African American man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police.

On Road To Recovery, Ferguson Residents Have Different Ideas

More than a year ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death in a police shooting roiled the small town of Ferguson, Mo., and sparked nationwide protests. Recovery and negotiations have been going on since then, but residents have different ideas about how the city should move forward.

Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom

New research finds faces of five-year-old black boys put whites in a more threat-conscious state of mind.

5 Black Scholars Driving Change that You Need to Know

From public health to the front lines of the feminist, climate justice and #blacklivesmatter movements, these five scholars are driving change with their work.

New Survey Confirms Straight White Women’s Domination of Book Publishing

The results of a new survey to measure diversity in publishing, released last week by the children’s publisher Lee & Low, shows us some interesting results: publishing isn’t just white: It’s dominated by white women.

The Powerful Reason Gabrielle Union Has No Lines in Sundance Hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Her character’s symbolic silence adds another powerful component to a film that, by all accounts, has received some of the most resounding praise from audiences at this year’s Sundance.

Is Hollywood Starting to Care About Its Lack of Diversity?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promised some changes.

Who guided the national discussion on Ferguson?

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, in Fer­guson, Mis­souri, set off a national wave of dia­logue and protests, from the streets to social media, as people nation­wide grap­pled with myriad com­plex issues, including police use of force, race rela­tions in America, and crim­inal jus­tice reform.