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Black Hair Matters: How Going Natural Made Me Visible

The night before I chopped off my hair, I got nervous. This decision felt bigger than me, given all the weight that Black women’s hair carries. But after three months of wearing hats and scarves in a pandemic when trips to the hairdresser felt unsafe, I walked into a salon emotionally exhausted but ready to […]

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Democratic Convention, Night 3: Making the Party Lines Clear

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). The third night of the Democratic National Convention was all about one thing: Sen. Kamala Harris of California becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to accept a major political party’s vice presidential nomination. But key Democratic criticisms […]

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Less-Lethal Weapons Blind, Maim and Kill. Victims Say Enough Is Enough.

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). There’s a gap in Scott Olsen’s memory for the night of Oct. 25, 2011. The Iraq War vet remembers leaving his tech job in the San Francisco Bay Area and taking a BART train to join an Occupy Oakland protest […]