Shades of Black

The Guardian US’s “Shades of black” series of 27 pieces explores colorism within black and brown communities and highlights its connections to desirability and self-esteem.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 8, 2019

Can the world quench China’s bottomless thirst for milk?

In China, milk represents modernity and progress. But the radical plan to triple the nation’s consumption has serious environmental consequences.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 29, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,619 words)

Fifty Shades of White: The Long Fight Against Racism in Romance Novels

“I’m writing to let you know how much I enjoyed Whispers of Love. It’s my first African American romance. I guess I might sound bigoted, but I never knew that black folks fall in love like white folks.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 4, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,932 words)

How to Move a Masterpiece: The Secret Business of Shipping Priceless Artworks

No one wants to be the courier on duty when a screwdriver accidentally stabs through the crate holding a Monet.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 21, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,656 words)

Good Enough to Eat? The Toxic Truth About Modern Food

“It makes no sense to presume that there has been a sudden collapse in willpower across all ages and ethnic groups since the 1960s.” What has changed? Food processing — and food marketing.

Author: Bee Wilson
Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,065 words)

‘If It Gets Me, It Gets Me’: The Town Where Residents Live Alongside Polar Bears

Churchill, Manitoba, is 1,000 miles north of Winnipeg. It’s connected to the rest of Canada only by rail, it clings firm to its arctic identity, it has a polar bear jail, and it’s worried that rising sea levels will change everything.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 13, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,851 words)

‘I couldn’t deal with it, it tore me apart’: surviving child sexual abuse

Tom Yarwood was assaulted by his musical mentor, an unnamed celebrated conductor, more than 20 times over the course of three years. Thirty years later, telling the story hasn’t become any easier.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 1, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,014 words)

‘It’s Not Rair, Not Right’: How America Treats Its Black Farmers

Sugarcane is Louisiana’s most lucrative, stable crop, yet lending discrimination, fraud, vandalism, and intimidation keep putting black farmers out of business. It isn’t just sugarcane.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 30, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,950 words)

The American Civil War Didn’t End. And Trump is a Confederate President.

In her new column for The Guardian, Rebecca Solnit makes a solid argument that Donald Trump’s presidency, and his fervent support from white racists, mark an attempt of the Confederacy to rise again.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 4, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,468 words)

On Washington’s McNeil Island, The Only Residents Are 214 Dangerous Sex Offenders

A legal mandate keeps Washington state’s most dangerous sex offenders in a controversial facility known as a civil commitment center. ‘Civilly committed’ means detained indefinitely. It’s a community safeguard because these men are likely to repeat their violent sexual crimes, but does civil commitment protect the general public?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,367 words)