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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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