– The National Endowment for the Arts asked several artists and creators, including playwright Katori Hall and Sherri Young of the African American Shakespeare Company, why the arts matter.
– Just hours before the Charleston Massacre, Gene Demby wrote about the need to balance the seriousness of black life with jokes and joy (such as the #AskRachel hashtag).
– Nell Irvin Painter, author of the The History of White People, lays out a brief history of whiteness to give context to Rachel Dolezal and the Charleston Massacre.
– Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz joined forces to condemn the Dominican Republic’s forcible removal of citizen of Haitian descent. (And Book Riot has a list of suggested reading to help you understand the situation.)
– Justina Ireland helpfully outlines how to analyze white characters in literature.
– Another white actor is taking over the role of Peter Parker in the next Spider-Man film, but in the comics, black Latino Miles Morales is the official new Spider-Man.