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by Robert Levi
The composer of "Take the A-Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, Billy Strayhorn struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous middle of the 20th century.
by Martha Burr and Mei-Juin Chen
From Blaxploitation cinema in the 1970s to hip-hop and reggae iconography, the martial art of kungfu provides a vital subtext for the modern African American cultural experience.
by Stanley Nelson
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history.
by Robert A. Clift
As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.
by Duc Nguyen
by Jack Silberman
When the United States dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos from 1964 to 1973, millions of cluster bombs failed to explode, leaving the country massively contaminated with “bombies” — as dangerous now as when they fell.
by Marlon Fuentes
The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair included a live exhibit of tribesmen from what is now known as the Philippines; what happened to these people?
by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer
Despite his achievements as a master strategist and tireless activist in the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin was silenced and imprisoned — largely because he was an openly gay man in a homophobic era.
By Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, and Aimee Schoof
Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the journal Fire!! with Langston Hughes and others, inspires a gay teenager through memories of the Harlem Renaissance.
by Christina Craton and Timothy Schwab
The Burning Barrel explores the personal costs of consumerism in the rise and fall of a small rural community.