Representations of Africa: The White Correspondent’s Burden

By Jina Moore, from Boston Review

Representations of Africa in western journalism tend to obscure moral ambiguities and nuance in favor of simplified stories and objectifying compassion narratives.

Culture is Not a Crime: 10 Years of Creative Commons

by Paul M. Davis

For a full decade, Creative Commons has been at the center of a movement to make digital culture open and accessible.

Gimme the Loot: A History of Digital Piracy

By Gavin Mueller, from Jacobin

What the history of digital piracy tells us about intellectual property, copyright law, and the digital pirates of today.

The Death and Life of the Times-Picayune Newspaper

By Chris Rose, from Oxford American

In this ode to New Orleans’ Times-Picayune newspaper, Chris Rose unearths the implications of moving from print to online publication.


Oprah, Beyoncé, and Truth

By Suzanne Lindgren

Utne Reader Visionary Alexis Pauline Gumbs considers what it is possible to know about the most famous Black women alive today.

Farewell, M.G.H. Gilliam

M.G.H. Gilliam

After 30 years, the founder and publisher of Orion magazine steps down.

The Wonderful Fare of NeverSeconds

by Solutions Online

When Martha Payne began chronicling the paucity of her school lunches on her blog NeverSeconds, she was not prepared to become a social media star.

The Missing Black Male Narrative

by Staff

In mainstream news and local media, the black everyman is plentiful by number. The daily news is full of young criminals, middle and professional class social circles, helpless citizens, earned accomplishments, and quiet nods to a lifetime of sacrifice. As individuals – three dimensional men who justify their own existence – they are barely visible. What’s the last story of note you can remember about a black man, or black men in general, that wasn’t about a famous entertainer or steeped in televised controversy?  Few media outlets dedicate themselves to examining the individual lives of these men as they are living it.

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