Black Feminist in Public: Revisiting Pulitzer Winner Alice Walker; In Conversation with Salamishah Tillet on ‘In Search of The Color Purple’

Through archival research and interviews, academic and activist Salamishah Tillet studies Alice Walker’s life and how themes of violence emerged in her earlier work.

“It was important for me to recognize Alice’s own journey to Zora as part of my own journey to Alice. That’s one thing. The other part is that you have a generation of Black writers and scholars who self-identify as Black feminists who remember the moment or the time or the text that helped them find the language of Black feminism. This is both a recovery and an origin story.”

The Weekly Pulse: Majority of U.S. Supports Roe; Biden Won’t Say ‘Abortion’; Europe Grapples With Surging COVID Cases

In this edition: A new Gallup poll suggests 58 percent of Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade; If/When/How launches a legal fund for people seeking self-managed abortions; Biden buys 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses for global use ahead of the G-7 summit; and COVID cases surge in Europe as India’s Delta variant spreads.

Front and Center: “I Had To Quit My Job To Help My Baby,” Says Johnnie, Essential Worker and Guaranteed Income Recipient

Front and Center highlights the success of Springboard to Opportunities’ Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which this year will give $1,000 per month for 12 months to 100 families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing.

“I really think the government needs to have some kind of program to make sure that essential workers are taken care of if there’s another pandemic.”

On June 13, the Whole World Should Be Watching Iran, Demanding Justice and Calling to #FreeNahid and #FreeThemAll

“Propaganda against the state.” That’s one of the most frequent charges in politically motivated imprisonments in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Translated, it means “Thinking is forbidden and talking about your thoughts is a crime.”

My mother’s case burst my bubble and woke me up: Her case was not an exception, but a fate shared by hundreds if not thousands.