Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep's 'toxic masculinity' critique a 'step out of' Hollywood 'echo chamber of conformity,' Concha says

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African samurai: The enduring legacy of a black warrior in Feudal Japan

Hong Kong (CNN) - When feudal Japan's most powerful warlord Nobunaga Oda met Yasuke, a black slave-turned-retainer, in 1581, he believed the man was a god.

Words by Emiko Jozuka, CNN - Read this story

Mark Bradford: The 60 Minutes Interview

Anderson Cooper profiles the artist who tackles complex social and political issues through abstract works

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Ozwald Boateng
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Ozwald Boateng celebrates black masculinity in Harlem

(CNN) - When British designer Ozwald Boateng announced he'd be staging a fashion show about "AI," most people assumed he was talking about artificial intelligence.

But to Boateng, who presented a collection at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater last night, AI stood for "authentic identity." And the show's looks left no doubt about his commitment to that ideal.

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Segregated by Design

Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

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A Silkworm Studio Film

New York Times Bestseller book. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice - from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

The New York Times Article - 'Just Mercy,' by Bryan Stevenson

A lawyer personalized the struggle against injustice with a the story of a man wrongfully convicted of murder.

Rev. Howard Thurman

Rev. Howard Thurman

He was MLK's mentor, and his meeting with Gandhi changed history. But Howard Thurman was largely unknown, until now

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Father and Mother guiding their daughter ride a bike.

A Nation of Weavers

The Social renaissance is happening from the ground up.

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Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates: 9 things that surprised us

(CNN) - As the parents of two teenagers (and one former teenager), we thought we'd seen everything an adolescent could throw our way. But when Bill sat down with a small group of high school students in Chicago last year, we were surprised to discover how much you can learn from teenage boys about processing your anger.

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Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson

Men Arrested In Philadelphia Starbucks Reach Settlements

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, arrested last month, were offered free college tuition by Starbucks, while the city promised to set up a high school program for young entrepreneurs.

The Mask You Live In

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Teaching for Black Lives

"I have two Black sons. For me, this collection is about their survival, and the survival of children like them throughout the United States. Teaching for Black Lives is a handbook for all educators, students, and families who truly care about Blackness and the intersections of learning, teaching, and race."

-Teaching for Black Lives editor, Dyan Watson

How Not To Get Shot. A book by author D.L. Hughley


A cutting satire of race relations in the age of Trump and Black Lives Matter from the hugely popular comedian—one of "The Original Kings of Comedy"—and author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man, White House.

"White people are always giving out ‘helpful’ advice, such as: ‘Comply with the police and you won’t get shot.’ They’ve been doling out advice to black people ever since ‘I suggest you pick the cotton if you don’t like getting whipped.’ Not getting shot by the police has long been a problem for black people. Even when we had a black president! Now that we have a new set of overlords, with President Trump at the head, wouldn’t it be nice to get a little advice on how not to get shot?"

Black k Klansman

Spike Lee's movie based on the book by Ron Stallworth called Black Klansman. The movie is a comedy about a black man on the Colorado Springs Police Force who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2018.

We need to talk about an injustice

In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

Hailing Cesar

Documentary about the life of Cesar Chavez by his grandson, Eduardo Chavez.

"Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don't know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work"

The New York Review of Books

"An explosive debut ... alarming, provocative and convincing."

Kirkus Reviews

Race, Religion & College Football:

The Black 14 Taking a Stand for CHANGE in the Equality State

National History Day- 2017 Wyoming State Champ (Senior Individual Documentary)

Created By River Gayton

Jackson Hole High School

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

2017 TV-MA1 Season

This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite never being convicted of a crime.

Genres: TV Shows, Docuseries, Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Docs

Creators: Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason, Nick Sandow



2016 TV-MA 1h 40m

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Genres: Documentaries, Social & Cultural Docs

Director: Ava DuVernay