Forgotten by the Oscars But Not Gone: The Florida Project and Poverty Policy

In late January, a number of 2017 movies died. Oscar nominations were announced, narrowing the list of the year’s “best” movies to a precious few. But some of the “not best” movies are worth a second look because they are politically relevant in Trump’s America. Conveniently, they are currently being released for home viewing. One…

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The Bachelorette Brings America’s Race Problem to the Altar

Earlier this week, The Bachelorette men told all in a lead up to the show’s August 7 season finale. Bachelorette Rachel is the first black person to be the primary object of desire within the franchise. The milestone raises multiple questions about race in America. Why is it so stressful to join the “Black Firsts” list (even in relatively…

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Braxton Family Therapy: Extending it to More Low-Income Families

So they’re not the typical family.  They have Grammy awards, celebrity friends, wealth, and their own television show.  Braxton Family Values recently wrapped another season of drama that included a divorce for one of the singing sisters. For Towanda, the process involved couples counseling plus settlement talks rather than court proceedings.  Should more American families follow…

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7 Ways Underground Speaks to the Realities of Modern Black Women

WGN’s Underground aired its Season 2 finale yesterday. It has accomplished the seemingly impossible — building an audience around a weekly series about slavery. Immersions into the most painful parts of black history are difficult. But this season’s strong female-driven storylines held up a mirror to the lives of contemporary black women. Here are just…

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