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As Black folks reimagine soul food, plant-based eating is on the rise

For Black Americans, eating greens is becoming about a lot more than massive pots of collards, mustards and turnips.  While the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and brown communities, some have found restitution by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diets and, in some cases, switching to plant-based diets.  [...]

By |2021-09-15T13:24:57-05:00September 14, 2021|Blackness, Feature, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Fighting for legacy and Durham’s Black Wall Street

The entrepreneurial efforts of Black business men fueled Durham North Carolina’s Black Wall Street -- creating lasting institutions for excellence despite the threat to decimate Black communities with plans of urban renewal, highway construction and segregation.  The Black business community worked to ensure that opportunity in Durham remained available for [...]

By |2021-09-08T13:51:47-05:00September 10, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Justice, Reckon Creates, Story|

It doesn’t have to be this way: North Carolina cities explore alternatives to police response for non-violent emergency calls

When there is an emergency or something seems out of control, most people call 911.  Dispatchers usually send police officers to respond — even when their presence is unnecessary and a response beyond traditional policing tactics could be more helpful. In North Carolina, the data shows that most crime is [...]

By |2021-08-31T08:52:35-05:00August 25, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Politics, Race, Story|

DaBaby: Why these Charlotte advocates think his ‘harmful’ comments will set back youth living with HIV

As DaBaby's recent use of homophobic and stigmatizing HIV language at a Miami music festival continues to draw fire, 11 national LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations sent the North Carolina-based rapper an open letter requesting a private conversation about education, harm and advocacy. “We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at [...]

We’re not on the moon, but we’ve gotten close | Black Joy – July 23, 2021

Get a weekly dose of Black Joy in your inbox every Friday. Subscribe to the Black Joy newsletter here.  https://reckonsouth.com/newsletters/black-joy/   Don't worry, a rat hasn't bit my sister Nell. But there sure have been a lot of billionaires shooting for the moon lately as the commercial space race went [...]

By |2021-08-02T15:11:39-05:00July 23, 2021|Black Joy Newsletter|

Meet Tray Wellington, the Black bluegrass banjoist breaking barriers in Appalachian ‘mountain music’

Mountain music has a long history of Black artists who often go unnoticed, their stories untold. But Tray Wellington, a Black three-finger-style banjo player born and bred in mountain culture has created his own authentic sound in bluegrass music.  Bluegrass music is traditionally depicted as overwhelmingly white, but is now [...]

By |2021-07-21T12:12:58-05:00July 19, 2021|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

‘Student debt is morally illegitimate’: How one group wants to abolish $511 billion in college loans for Southerners 

If President Biden does not extend the moratorium on student loan payments or cancel debt outright by Sept. 30, federal loan borrowers will have to resume paying back their student debt.  Earlier this week, the Biden Administration removed more than $55 million in debt from 1,800 student loan borrowers. Although [...]

By |2021-07-13T16:11:37-05:00July 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Race, Story|

Sha’Carri Richardson teaches us to love all Black women’s colored hair, long nails, lashes and tattoos

One of my favorite ways to wear my hair is in long red knotless braids. At one former workplace, the hairstyle drew offensive questions and statements from my employer. Are you in a gang? I don’t think that color is appropriate for our workplace. You normally look so professional. What [...]

By |2021-07-08T14:42:17-05:00July 2, 2021|Blackness, LGBTQ, Race, Reckon|Women, Story|

How an Appalachia youth coalition is creating a region where people can and want to STAY

Young Black, Latinx, and queer people in Appalachia don’t have what they need to live a safe and sustainable life in their regions.  Groups like The STAY Together Youth Appalachian Project, a diverse youth coalition in Central Appalachia, are providing young people in Appalachia an opportunity to challenge systems of [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:40:38-05:00June 29, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, LGBTQ, Race, Story|
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