The longing for lighter skin remains a taboo topic in African-American communities.
African-American minister, theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman, left a profound influence on Martin Luther King Jr.
Throughout American history, being a black celebrity has been a political act in and of itself. When viewed through this lens, the transition into politics for someone like Winfrey is more natural.
The city's image as a model for black mobility and civil rights is crumbling. An expert on race and class politics takes us behind the veneer of one of the South's most important cities.
Data show the vast majority of people killed by gun violence are black and live in urban areas.
A sociologist spent two years interviewing gay gang members. While some were in the closet and others were openly gay, all were forced to reckon with an environment of hypermasculinity.
When were the seeds of racism sown in the US and why is it so hard to root out?
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
We asked five architecture experts to name one building or structure they wish had been preserved, but couldn't resist the tides of decay, development and discrimination.
In the film 'Detroit,' the voices of women are largely absent.
Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Horner watched news broadcasts of the riots that erupted just miles from his home. But he was worlds apart from the racial tensions that had been festering for decades.
Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Thousands marched in silence against racial violence after a riot left hundreds of blacks dead and thousands homeless. The demands of black people in 2017 remain the same as they did in 1917.
There are three very different kinds of liberty. When people talk about religious liberty, what kind of liberty they might mean?
The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
Tupac's sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
Monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans and many other cities are problematic. But a mere erasure will not address the issues around racism and racial inequality.
Research on how black people try to avoid racism in their daily lives shows that following white, mainstream standards can have mixed results.
Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobs.