1703, 2021

Fred Hampton’s deep Southern ties

By |March 17, 2021|Blackness, Education, Feature, Video|0 Comments

Many American schools usually keep their Black History curriculum on the Civil Rights Movement narrowed to just a handful of people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks — of course — John Lewis and his heroic act on Bloody Sunday and maybe a brief mention of Malcolm X.    Most students never learn about Fred Hampton, whose story is the subject of the recently [...]

2101, 2021

If Kamala was your daughter: South Asian and Jamaican moms stan the new VP

By |January 21, 2021|Blackness, Race, Video|0 Comments

January 20, 2021 will go down in history as the day former U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris begins her term as U.S. vice president, the first woman of color to serve in the position.   Throughout her career, Harris has spoken about her South Asian and Jamaican roots with pride, especially when she [...]

2312, 2020

Kwoya Fagin Maples talks poetry, trauma and the craft of writing with See Jane Write

By |December 23, 2020|Reckon|Women, Video|0 Comments

Kwoya Fagin Maples is a poet, writer and a University of Alabama professor from Charleston, South Carolina. In her poetry collection, “Mend,” she explores the traumatic strife of enslaved women used as medical guinea pigs in the mid-1800s. She recently sat down with See Jane Write founder and editor [...]

1910, 2020

America’s racial wealth gap explained

By |October 19, 2020|Economy, Race, Video|0 Comments

On this week’s episode of Money Talks, Reckon discusses the racial wealth gap in America.  The racial wealth distribution does not correlate with the racial demographics of America. White Americans have a disproportionately large percentage of the wealth in America compared to people of color. Data from the Federal Reserve [...]

1809, 2020

What is wealth?

By |September 18, 2020|Economy, Video|0 Comments

If you watched this week’s episode of Money Talks, you know we explored what wealth actually is. (Spoiler alert: wealth and money are not the same thing).  If you have a lot of money or a lot of cool expensive stuff, you might be wealthy. But you may just be [...]

1908, 2020

How far does $15 stretch behind bars in Alabama? Find out at our virtual prison commissary

By |August 19, 2020|Justice, Story, Video|0 Comments

Click this direct link for the optimal Commissary Slips app experience. In Alabama, state prisoners say items purchased from commissaries are vital to their survival and comfort. But a Reckon investigation has found that the Alabama Department of Corrections pays most inmates nothing for the jobs they perform behind [...]

1408, 2020

Absentee voting, the USPS, and COVID-19: How to ensure your vote counts

By |August 14, 2020|Politics, Reckon Interview, Video|0 Comments

The USPS is warning states that the federal government's defunding of its services could affect the 2020 election by delaying mail-in ballots. Many had hoped a wider mail-in option would help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 at polling places. But this week, President Donald Trump has indicated he would [...]

1308, 2020

Reckon Women reflects on first year while looking ahead

By |August 13, 2020|Reckon|Women, Video|0 Comments

https://youtu.be/XPsW5MVJG00 Earlier this year, the first anniversary of Reckon Women quietly passed while we all navigated life during a pandemic and racial justice uprisings in our communities across the South. And though May 2020 marked a year since our online community was born, we are still celebrating today—all that [...]

3107, 2020

Black with COVID: Episode 1

By |July 31, 2020|Blackness, Health, Video|0 Comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to everyday life for everyone in the United States, but it is disproportionately affecting Black Americans. Black Americans are being hospitalized and dying at a higher rate than most other groups in America. Reckon’s Dez Wilson, along with friends, healthcare professionals and more, [...]

206, 2020

Mobile, Alabama Protest

By |June 2, 2020|Instagram, Justice, Race, Video|0 Comments

Young protesters just off Airport Boulevard in Mobile. They wanted to march down on the main road but MPD Chief Lawrence Battiste threatened to arrest them if they stopped the regular flow of traffic. They stuck to the fringes of a nearby parking lot.

904, 2020

The Reckon Interview: Season 2

By |April 9, 2020|Podcast, Reckon Interview, Video|0 Comments

You can’t understand America without understanding the South. And Southerners are changing the music America listens to, the movies we watch, the food we eat, and the stories we share. Each week on The Reckon Interview, host John Hammontree talks with some of the South’s most interesting thinkers and creators. They'll talk about how this place shaped them and how they’re reshaping the South.

801, 2020

Bryan Stevenson on ‘Just Mercy’

By |January 8, 2020|Justice, Race, Video|0 Comments

"I hope people will take from this that, if we resolve to do better, we have the power to do better," Alabama innocence lawyer and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson says about the new film, 'Just Mercy'. "We can create a more reliable, more just system. But it takes all of us." "Just Mercy," which features Michael B Jordan playing Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as his client, Walter McMillan, and is in theatres everywhere Friday.

711, 2019

Reckon Women: Pre-term Infant Loss and Heartache

By |November 7, 2019|Health, Reckon|Women, Story, Video|0 Comments

"Hold on to hope, Mothers. We are some of the strongest people God ever created." Warning: This video discusses graphic elements of infant loss. These brave women shared their hearth-wrenching stories of pregnancy complications and infant loss with us for Reckon | Women. Did you know that Alabama has the highest pre-term birth rate in the nation, behind only Mississippi?

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