Chicago’s policing problem @Vice

The 2015 shooting death of Quintonio Legrier further inflamed tensions between Chicago citizens of color and Chicago police. In fact, Legrier’s father had called the cops for assistance, but an overzealous police officer ultimately shot dead the woman who opened the door for him, then Quintonio. He then sued Legrier’s father. Yep, he did that….

Featured in the NYT

The Daniel Holtzclaw sexual assault trial in Oklahoma was a litmus test of sorts for those participating in and aware of Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name. Both movements have made efforts to center African-American women in the conversation around police conduct and public safety. The work of OKC Artists for Justice and organizers…

Covering the Holtzclaw case for Ebony

In fall 2015, I covered the Daniel Holtzclaw case for Ebony.com. Holtzclaw was accused of a series of sexual assaults against African-American women he thought too marginalized by complicated pasts, such as convictions and drug use, to complain. Until one of them did. Ebony editors felt it was important to keep a watchful eye on…

Why Do You Do What You Do?

The OpEd Project, a global thought-leadership initiative, explores everything from accountability to knowledge and experience, and developing the best ideas to the notion of legacy. During the fourth convening of Year Two of the University of Texas at Austin Public Voices Fellowship, fellows, me and my co-senior facilitator entertained the question: What Do You Do…

Featured on Popaganda Podcast …

One of the joys of teaching is having rich conversations with students where I get to experience the world through their generational vantage point, in addition to just being able to chat with some of the smartest people around. During winter quarter 2016 at Northwestern, a graduate student, Rebekah Frumkin, stopped by my desk to…

The case for Roe v Wade

Sexual and reproductive justice are not the end but the beginning to justice in every aspect of African-American lives. This story published @Ebony on the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade looks at the battleground over social control of women’s bodies. As seen @Ebony On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Abortion…

About that ‘Roots’ remake …

‘Roots’ Remake Strong for Kids, But Tells Brutal Truths Almost four decades after the original, the History Channelreimagining of Alex Haley’s account of his family history goes into uncomfortable, but necessary details By Deborah Douglas, May 30, 2016 The Memorial Day airing of the History Channel’s reimagined slavery epic Roots ain’t your mama’s Roots from back in the…