The Situation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Remains Shockingly Dire 

Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, only 18 percent of the US territory has electricity. On Thursday morning, Puerto Rico was around 43 percent electrified—an outrageous percentage, already, constituting the worst power outage in US history—when a main power line serving the northern part of the island …

Director Says Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Can't Be Racist Because It Had a 'Super Hot' Black Producer

Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”can’t be racist! Sure, it’s a highly stylized, white-washed celebration of African colonialism, but—as the video’s director so helpfully pointed out—it also had black people working in production! This video’s best friends are black!

It's 2015 and the Dominican Republic Is Ethnically Cleansing Itself

Last April, during a two-week vacation back in Haiti, where most of my family comes from, my uncle and I discussed taking a road trip to the Dominican Republic. As he lamented what a crime it was that I hadn’t “seen the entire island,” he rattled through the many activities we could get into—some legally dubious, all…