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Southern Baptist Convention Votes to Discourage Display of Confederate Flag at Member Churches 

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination, voted on Tuesday to discourage the display of the Confederate battle flag. The decision comes after an annual meeting held this year in St. Louis, where, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, leaders held candid discussions about race and the…

Meet Sue Taylor, the Black Grandmother Leading the Charge to Bring Marijuana to the Elderly

Sue Taylor is an African-American grandmother who runs three miles a day and describes her late 60s as the time of her life. She’s a retired Catholic school principal living in Berkeley, California, who wears pearls and stylish pantsuits, holds a divinity school degree, and attributes her “perfect health” to…

A City in Mississippi Is Finally (Maybe) Integrating Its Schools 62 Years After Brown v. BOE

A federal court has ruled that administrators in Cleveland, Mississippi have three weeks to execute a timeline to integrate the small Bolivar County city’s middle and high schools. They have, rather improbably, remained segregated by race since Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 landmark Supreme Court case that…

Prince William and Duchess Kate Are Your Favorite Well-Meaning White Friends 

We all have those well-meaning, but slightly clueless white friends. You know, the ones who force you to explain that actually, you don’t have to say “African American.” “Black” is just fine. Really! It is! That’s what we call ourselves! Duchess Kate and Prince William were apparently those friends when their buddies …

Amy Schumer on Trainwreck Shooting: 'I Was Just Like, I Wish I Never Wrote That Movie'

The new Vanity Fair profile on Amy Schumer, written by Bruce Handy, is fairly unremarkable (unless, like me, you’re shocked that a national publication would use the word “comedienne” and feign shock over a female comic working blue in 2016)—that is, until Schumer opens up about the tragic movie theater shooting that…

An Interview With Brit Bennett About 'Good White People' and Her Debut Novel The Mothers 

Brit Bennett is so bracingly talented on the page and so low-key lovely in person that I’ve never heard an untoward word about her, throughout and after the MFA program we entered at the same time—a period during which success (as marked by, say, a major book deal and a string of prestigious publications) goes from an…

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