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- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Do You See Me?
WE’RE LIVING IN A MOMENT when the challenges facing black folks are becoming more visible. Thanks to cell phones and social media, the entire nation can now see for itself what black folks have been talking about for years—the pain of injustice, the
- Feb 7 20171 minute
A Writer’s Turmoil in The Rules Do Not Apply
The journalist Ariel Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity, and deploys prose to match in her memoir.
- Sep 4 20161 minute
Our Book Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
- Mar 1 20132 minutes
Finding the Right Hire for Your Company
How do you make sure new hires will mesh well with your other employees and with your company's culture?
- Jun 27 20161 minute
American Slaves Emancipated Themselves
TO MANY AMERICANS, THE END OF SLAVERY is synonymous with Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But that’s hardly the whole story. And it discounts the agency of thousands of slaves who voted with their feet for freedom.
- Jul 18 20162 minutes
4. Our Backyard Is 85 Million Acres
ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, as we once more read the stirring words of the Declaration of Independence and celebrate the creation of a nation founded on the noble principle that every person has the inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of h
- Dec 27 20168 minutes
The Best Writing Advice of 2016
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
- Oct 16 20161 minute
SIX YEARS AFTER a Harvard Law–educated black lawyer and her Harvard Law mixed-race husband and their two polished young daughters took up residence in the White House, a Howard-educated black advertising executive, his mixed-race Brown-alum anesthesi
- Jul 18 20161 minute
230. The Melting Pot Is for Real
Emily Barone It’s no secret that America sometimes seems less like a melting pot and more like a land of oil and water. The nation may contain multitudes, but they don’t always mix. Yet recent data shows that U.S. cities are more integrated than ev
- Oct 10 20165 minutes
Framing the World in Terms of “Left” and “Right” Is Stranger Than You Think
Sometimes it’s the simplest studies that reveal how deeply culture shapes our thinking.Take a 2009 experiment involving only a researcher, a child, and a two-word instruction.1 The researcher announces, “Let’s dance!” and demonstrates a series of mov
- Jan 28 20177 minutes
How Culture Became a Powerful Political Weapon
Nato Thompson’s new book explores the history of how music, TV, games, and advertising have been used to influence consumers.
- Aug 22 20162 minutes
To Understand America, You Have to Ride the Railroad
THE MAGIC AFOOT IN COLSON WHITEHEAD’S NEW NOVEL shows itself some 60 pages in, when runaway slaves Cora and Caesar, under the protection of a Georgia abolitionist, descend into what they think is a cellar but is actually a subterranean platform: “Two
- Jan 23 20171 minute
A Natural-Born Artist
HE WAS MOPPING FLOORS 2 YEARS AGO. NOW, AT AGE 75, THIS SELF-TAUGHT PAINTER IS MAKING HIS DEBUT IN THE NEW YORK ART WORLD
- Jan 25 20174 minutes
How Money From Slave Trading Helped Start Columbia University
The historian Eric Foner describes how profits from the slave trade helped fund the school formerly named King’s College.
- Dec 13 20161 minute
The Ordinary Perpetrators And Victims In The Boko Haram Kidnappings
Helon Habila’s new book recounts the horror and revives the call to take notice.
- Apr 1 20131 minute
The 5 Branding Rules of Attraction
Your brand draws customers to your business. Here are the elements you should consider when designing it.
- Feb 1 20152 minutes
It's Ok to Be Great: Why Entrepreneurs Deserve to Stand Out
In a path that's marked with extreme highs and lows, blending in isn't -- and shouldn't be -- an option.
- Sep 1 20142 minutes
Editor's Note: The Next Revolution
In this issue, we celebrate our Young Millionaires. These are the faces and the inspiration of tomorrow.
- Jan 30 20171 minute
59, interior designer, Trinity Mercantile & Design, Decatur, Ga.
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
Targeting The Trolls
One congresswoman is trying to get cops, techies, and politicians to stop brushing off online harassment.
- Jun 20 20162 minutes
How to Be Free
In Free State of Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw forges unity for a common cause
- Mar 8 20174 minutes
'Hiring Out' to Understand the White Working Class
A black medical student’s critique of selective colleges
- Apr 1 20163 minutes
The lessons and legacy of Jim Crow-era keepsakes