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.
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.
Even as states clamp down on immigrant rights and Washington steps up deportations, immigrant rights activism offers some hope for meaningful change.
Renewable hotspots, Vietnam 2.0, and American political history in 74 seconds.
Satirical architecture, middle class illusions, and how Ecuador is saving a rainforest.
Life after the games, the hidden cost of beef, and some hopeful signs in environmental activism.
Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Lakeview, New Orleans was described as an idyllic neighborhood filled with nice houses and an educated, hard-working community.
Southern secession, political sandwiches, and George Washington's dirty election.