Jamil Smith
Senior Editor

Data-Driven Policing
Communities don’t need to be friends with cops. They need transparency.
May 18, 2015

National databases for police incidents are a step closer.

John Legend Needs You To Know Why This Young Man Is Dead
The superstar musician on his new HBO documentary, 'Southern Rites'
May 15, 2015

The superstar musician is also the executive producer of the HBO documentary Southern Rites.

In Defense of 'Uppity-ism'
Michelle Obama urged Tuskegee grads to "rise above the noise." All black Americans should take her advice.
May 11, 2015

Why black ambition is never a bad thing.

The Language of the Unheard
Why preventing police killings, not bracing for riots, should be a city's priority
May 04, 2015

Cities need to focus on preventing police abuse, not the riots that protest it.

Baltimore's Prosecutor Gets It
The charges in the Freddie Gray case show that scaring cops is the best way to fight police abuse
May 01, 2015

The charges in the Freddie Gray case show that scaring cops is the best way to fight police abuse.

Freddie Gray Didn't Magically Kill Himself
Wednesday's police leak showed no respect for Baltimore's anger
April 30, 2015

Wednesday's police leak showed no respect for Baltimore's anger.

What Loretta Lynch Must Do Now
As Baltimore bleeds, the new attorney general needs to shift police culture in a short time
April 27, 2015

As Baltimore bleeds, the new attorney general needs to shift police culture in a short time.

This Isn't the Same 'New Republic'
April 24, 2015

Responding to the question: Why, considering this magazine’s history of a white gaze and a white audience, did Dyson's essay appear in The New Republic?

Ben Affleck Was Wrong, But Henry Louis Gates Made It Worse
Helping the Hollywood star hide a slaveholding ancestor was truly shameful
April 20, 2015

Helping Ben Affleck hide a family history of slavery is what's truly shameful.

Republicans Are Trying to Fight Abortion with Ignorance
April 16, 2015

A North Carolina Republican's bill threatens the state's medical schools, and shows how they've lost the argument about abortion.

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