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….

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…

American Prospect: Mother’s Day For Real

In May 2015, I curated and edited a series of essays under the theme: Mother’s Day—For Real at American Prospect. The series was done in partnership with The OpEd Project examining aspects of life unique to women, on one of greeting card industry’s biggest days. I lead with my own story: Why There Are No…

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…

How does it feel to a problem? The remix

Chicago Sun Times | July 27, 2008 Sunday | Final Edition Why is bias vs. Muslims acceptable in America? BYLINE: Deborah Douglas, The Chicago Sun-Times | SECTION: NEWS; Deborah Douglas; Pg. A25 | LENGTH: 662  words Raafat Arman, a Palestinian, college-educated, Republican real estate developer who lives in East Garfield Park, is as American as…

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…

Viola Davis’ big wig reveal …

I wondered for weeks when Viola Davis was going to get rid of that awful wig she wore the first season of Shonda Rhimes’ “How to Get Away With Murder.” As an expert in the politics of nappy hair, I knew the night she did so, it would be a talker. So why not start…

New take a song of the summer

A staple of summer features coverage would not be complete with a story or two about the song(s) of the summer. From Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” to Hanson’s “MMM Bop,” these are the songs that mark time and memories, hopefully the good ones. I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a different…