prison

How Trump’s Criminal Justice Plan is Really More For-Profit Incarceration

by Jennifer Epps-Addison and Kumar Rao

Donald Trump’s recent moves on criminalization, like his immigration orders, are designed to oppress communities of color by encouraging excessive law enforcement and enticing... Read More

Valentine

Offering a Valentine for Louisiana Children Facing the System Alone

by Gina Womack

For many of us, thinking about Valentine’s Day conjures childhood memories of making an assortment of handmade cards that eventually were posted on the refrigerator by... Read More

Atlanta

‘Atlanta’ Opens Up Conversations About Mental Health and Incarceration

by Shanita Hubbard

Recently, I was watching an episode of FX’s new hit comedy Atlanta when a conversation between Earn (Donald Glover) and Darius (Keith Stanfield) struck... Read More

It’s Time We Recognize Black Lives Matter Behind Bars, Too

It’s Time We Recognize Black Lives Matter Behind Bars, Too

by J. Soffiyah Elijah

Similar to police officers on the streets, violence between guards in jails and prisons is a crucial problem that has gone from brutality to... Read More

Repping and Reforming Through Hip-Hop at Rikers Island

Repping and Reforming Through Hip-Hop at Rikers Island

by Ryan K. Smith

In Empire's second season, during the his short prison bid, Lucious Lyon smuggled recording equipment inside, and dropped the fictitious street banger, “Snitch B*tch.” Sure,... Read More

The Lesser Known Hindrance for the Formerly Incarcerated

The Lesser Known Hindrance for the Formerly Incarcerated

by Kristen Clarke

The emerging consensus that our country’s punitive and costly experiment with mass incarceration has failed is one of the most important developments for racial... Read More

Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill

Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill

by The Marshall Project

Bill Clinton’s recent confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia has rekindled debate about the wisdom and political realities of the massive 1994 federal... Read More

How Reality TV Tackles the Issue of Black Incarceration

How Reality TV Tackles the Issue of Black Incarceration

by Taja Lindley

Our families may be reluctant to talk about the rebellious cousin or mysterious uncle who’s been “away” for years, but the fact is that... Read More

Why Casting a Ballot Is More Crucial Than Ever for Black Men

Why Casting a Ballot Is More Crucial Than Ever for Black Men

by Dr. Larry Walker

This November’s election represents an important opportunity for Black men. In urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods throughout the United States, Black men face higher... Read More

Alicia Keys Sends a Valentine to…Rep. Paul Ryan?

Alicia Keys Sends a Valentine to…Rep. Paul Ryan?

by #teamEBONY

Singer Alicia Keys may have what it takes to win the hearts and minds of Republicans in a way that Democrats have been failing... Read More