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.


Crockpot: Immigration Edition

by Sam Ross-Brown

Even as states clamp down on immigrant rights and Washington steps up deportations, immigrant rights activism offers some hope for meaningful change.

Crockpot 08.31.12: Maps Edition

by Sam Ross-Brown

Renewable hotspots, Vietnam 2.0, and American political history in 74 seconds.

Saving A Rainforest: Crockpot 08.24.12

by Sam Ross-Brown

Satirical architecture, middle class illusions, and how Ecuador is saving a rainforest.

Post-Olympic Blues: Crockpot 08.17.12

by Sam Ross-Brown

Life after the games, the hidden cost of beef, and some hopeful signs in environmental activism.