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Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.—On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept at […]

Special Series: A Young Latina Is Making Change in Ala.

  For Roshell Rosales Aguilar, contributing to her community means giving a voice to the underrepresented. Roshell, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 3, believes that the Hispanic community, especially in Birmingham, Alabama is not well known. “We are present, but we don’t know how to express ourselves,” she […]

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard

Call them the nearly forgotten electorate, whose members are working day and night to ensure that their voices will be heard at the ballot box. In this season of intense, sometimes rabid political debate, Native Americans have been largely ignored by mainstream news media. They attract scant public attention and receive only the occasional nod […]

Ending Poverty in Florida, Fueled by Advocates and Attorneys

Ending Poverty in Florida, Fueled by Advocates and Attorneys

A Miami youth whose life had been paralyzed by poverty and the criminal justice system spoke openly in October last year regarding her plight. While stealing food to feed both herself and a 2-year-old sibling, she was arrested and charged with theft. With no income or support system, she was left hopeless and unable to […]

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

After Gabriel Cardenas graduated from high school, he seemed on track to join America’s middle class. He worked at Google in Silicon Valley, enrolled in classes at San Jose’s Evergreen Valley College and took a second job. But seven years after graduation, Cardenas is no closer to a middle class that has been shrinking for […]

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Clarence Lang, professor and chairperson of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, spoke to students and interested faculty late last year as part of the African and Black Diaspora Studies’ lecture series on Black Lives Matter movement. His talk, about the “long shadow of the ’60s” continued the conversations students had […]

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Ari Hampton came out to his father when he was 18. It didn’t go well. Fearing for his life, the gay teen ran away, ending up on the streets of Detroit. To survive, he sold the only thing he had—his body. To deal with the harsh realities of his life and the humiliation of sex […]

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