New Documentary Explores the 1967 Newark Riots

In 1967, the arrest and beating of an African-American taxi driver by a white cop sparked a riot that killed 26 people, caused millions in damage and led to a mass exodus from the beleaguered city of Newark.

Muhammed Ali and Me

Gary Govanus never officially met the Champ, but his encounters from afar left an impression on him.

The Dysfunction of the American Police State

Today, the police are the street enforcers for the corporate dictatorship. We need a society where the people, not the corporations, are in charge.

Confronting the American Police State

A thousand scattered voices, politically and ideologically separated, mean nothing. We must confront each and every attack on what liberty we have left.

Black People, Sexuality, and Myths of Homophobia

The fact of the matter is simple. Stereotypes and labels are not innocuous. They are far from harmless. Not as long as they have the power to color perceptions, invoke slurs, incite brutality and compromise one’s safety.

Is Mainstream Media to Blame for Riots in Ferguson and Baltimore?

Are riots exactly what the mainstream media wants?

What Ferguson Should’ve Taught Us About Critical Thinking

As a black man and father, Doyin Richards urges people to think critically before discussing the unrest in Ferguson and other hot-button topics.

#WacoThugs Exposed The Media’s Unfortunate Racist Double Standard

The Waco biker gangs aren’t just murderers — they’re ‘thugs.’ Why won’t the media call them that?

Beyond The Lens: The Riot Act

With hundreds of drunk, angry people looking for excitement, all it takes is a catalyst — in this case, a flying beer bottle — to incite a riot.

Banding Together: The Voice of Youth in Baltimore

A young group of former gang members shed light on a different side of the Baltimore riots.

American Violence: Will Black Sons Die Before They’re Killed?

Is Violence In America the Result of the Death Within Us?

Why Do Protesters Occupy the Streets?

Patrick DeCarlo examines the rationale behind stopping traffic, blocking bridges, and ruining your commute.

‘Burn This B—- Down!’ and the Mischaracterization of Black Violence in America

Dr. Darron T Smith explains that four hundred years of violence and oppression cannot be assuaged by a few public appeals.

Ferguson: A Slice of the World and the World Itself

Kenneth Patricio sees #Ferguson as a microcosm of the struggles of a larger world.

Racism and Love in My Backyard: Ferguson

Sarafina Bianco grew up and still lives just down the road from Ferguson, so the roots of racism and anger—and the need for healing—hit close to home.