African American Filter
  1. Black Lives Matter: Six Poems

    Poetry can often channel grief, pain, solidarity, and resistance in ways that everyday language can’t.

    Photo by Lorie Shaull (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Celebrating Black culture from Brooklyn to Johannesburg, AFROPUNK covers music, activism, art, and more.

  3. “Monotony Is a Luxury”: A Reading List of Black Writers and Journalists

    Read powerful writing from black writers and journalists in this reading list.

  4. Essence is where “Black girl magic comes alive.” Read entertainment, beauty, and lifestyle news for and about Black women and centered around African American culture.

  5. The Brown and Black Forums of America

    The Brown & Black Forum is the United States’ oldest and only minority-focused presidential forum in which candidates share ideas that affect future African-American and Latino generations.

  6. Food Fidelity

    Marwin Brown, the creator of Food Fidelity, shares modern, health-conscious soul-food recipes inspired by his love of music and informed by African diaspora culinary traditions.

  7. Where Food and History Meet: Michael W. Twitty’s Culinary Journey at Afroculinaria

    Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, who blogs at Afroculinaria, talks about exploring his identity through food and his forthcoming book, The Cooking Gene.

    All images in this interview courtesy of Michael W. Twitty, Afroculinaria
  8. Media Diversified

    Media Diversified is a growing nonprofit tackling the lack of diversity in UK media. The organization’s blog covers culture, politics, academics, afrofuturism, feminism, and more.

  9. Afroculinaria

    Afroculinaria is the food blog of Michael W. Twitty. The chef, food writer, and culinary historian is interested in the food culture and history of the American South, Jewish cultural issues, and cultural politics.

  10. When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

    Tressie McMillan Cottom comments on Miley Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 MTV VMAs: “She had particularly rotund black women. She gleefully slaps the ass of one dancer like she intends to eat it on a cracker. She is playing a type of black female body as a joke to challenge her audience’s perceptions of herself while leaving their perceptions of black women’s bodies firmly intact.”

  11. Richard Sherman, Thugs, and Black Humanity

    American football player and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is criticized for a post-game interview with Erin Andrews — and later called a thug. Olivia A. Cole reflects on what this word really means: “In order to be black and be regarded as human in America, you must shed all the things that make you human to begin with. Personality. Flaws. History. Anger.”

  12. The Case For Repair, Part 1

    At the blog of the Urban History Association, N. D. B. Connolly examines Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”: “As a synthesis of housing discrimination, property-based white supremacy, and family history, Coates is on fire, as usual. . . . As an actual case for reparations, though, I found myself strangely unsatisfied.”