the Facts issue

“New Black Swing” Pulls Back the Curtain on Ending Love

New Black Swing is all about the slow end of a relationship you thought would last forever.

In “Their Finest,” Women Break Down Barriers with Propaganda

Their Finest is ultimately a film about whether we listen to propagandists feeding us “alternative facts” or to storytellers asking us to consider marginalized truths. Read more »

Cuba is a Motherland: The face of resistance is female

All the male representation might lead an outsider to view Cuba as a patriarchy. But Cuba has always been a woman.   Read more »

“Extra Ordinary” is a Continuation of Black Radical Tradition

Nappy Nina’s debut EP floats in the air between Oakland and Brooklyn. Read more »

“Underground” Highlights the Complexities of Life Under Slavery

In “Underground,” we found the love, hope, and determination of enslaved people that most of us weren’t exposed to in history class. Read more »

Cloaking White Supremacy: Harry Potter’s legacy of blood purity

As issues of nationalism and xenophobia have dominated recent elections, the Harry Potter series has emerged as a weirdly relevant analog. Read more »

“A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun” Reveals the Warmth of Gwendolyn Brooks

Angela Jackson’s new biography of Gwendolyn Brooks is a lovingly written genealogy of Black activism and art. Read more »

“Black Girl” Unmasks the Phantoms of Colonialism

Black Girl resonates deeply with our own contemporary moment, mirroring U.S. treatment of groups marked as “alien” or “illegal.” Read more »

Biopower to the People: Fitness Trackers Are Redefining What It Means to Be a Human Subject

Order has always been a human ideal—has it become a defining category of a worthy life? Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Eugenia Apostol

Eugenia Apostol has the unique distinction of helping to spark revolutions that would eventually unseat corrupt presidents. Read more »

Unnatural Selection: How Racism Warps Scientific Truths

Why are traditional Native American ecologists, botanists, geneticists, and more cast aside as “mystics”? Read more »