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Peering Through the Hazy Past: Floyd Patterson and Fats Domino

Even as Black America continues to battle crime, violence, death, and a hostile political and economic policy, it can be soothing to peer through the haze and marvel at the richness of Black American stories. Two such stories: Floyd Patterson and Fats Domino.

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'If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise': The Big Not so-Easy Keeps Its Head Just Above Water

Spike Lee has proven himself adept at juggling vast amounts of information and conflicting points-of-view.

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Trouble the Water

The Lower Ninth Ward, where less than 20 percent of the houses are occupied, is still as bad as it was pre-Hurricane Katrina -- or worse.

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20 Questions: Terence Blanchard

The cerebral, soulful, three-time Grammy award winning trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard tells us how our turbulent, dynamic world inspires his beautiful music.

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Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water reveals not only the terrors of the hurricane but also the political and personal valences of its legendary mismanagement.

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1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose

New Orleans columnist takes readers deep into a devastated Crescent City.

Cary Darling
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With Speed and Violence by Fred Pearce

In alarming times, being an alarmist makes you right ...

Jason B. Jones
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Sounding the Call for Equality: An Interview with Mavis Staples

Staples: "What has really changed? I'm 67 years old, and I was here the first time around and it's still not fixed. We can't let Dr. King shed his blood and die for us trying to get justice and live in a world like this."

Greg Kot
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