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Alabama’s Amazon union fight and the South’s long, often racist, history with labor organizing

Workers at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse could get the greenlight to hold a second union vote in the coming weeks, setting up another showdown between one of the world’s most valuable companies and its embattled employees. In early August, the Atlanta regional office for the National Labor Relations Board said Amazon [...]

By |2021-08-17T13:22:27-05:00August 16, 2021|Economy, Feature, Politics, Race, Story|

Reckon and AL.com awarded $35K grant; will highlight the criminalization of poverty in documentary

Reckon and AL.com will produce a documentary about the criminalization of poverty thanks to a grant from the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights at the Columbia Journalism School. The grant amounts to $35,000, which will support AL.com investigative reporter Connor Sheets in pursuing major [...]

By |2021-08-10T11:59:14-05:00August 9, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, 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 [...]

The story of Lex Gillette, a N.C. blind long jumper headed to the Paralympic Games

Back in 2004, a blind teenager from North Carolina sprinted down the 130-foot runway inside the Athens Olympic stadium in Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic games and where the first modern games was hosted in 1896.   The magnitude of the moment didn’t overcome the 19-year-old who was competing [...]

By |2021-08-12T18:40:22-05:00July 26, 2021|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

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|

‘Are these nails worth an argument?’: Why this Alabama drag queen works to maintain their family’s peace

“My dad has gotten sicker and sicker from heart issues…It’s hard for me to say, ‘Well I don’t come to your house because you don’t accept me and you don’t accept my relationship with my husband.’" Sam continued explaining the complexities of their family dynamic in an even, conversational tone [...]

By |2021-07-21T12:13:14-05:00July 15, 2021|Blackness, LGBTQ, 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|
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