African Americans

  • December 21, 2016  

    The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates has criticized President Obama’s policies toward black Americans. Perhaps for that reason, he was invited to discuss such issues with Mr. Obama several times throughout the president’s second term. As part of a collaboration with The Atlantic, Coates speaks with Judy Woodruff about his latest Atlantic cover story, which considers Mr. Obama’s legacy and rare optimism through a racial lens. Continue reading

  • November 29, 2016  

    With the election of Donald Trump, a big proponent of school choice, and his like-minded pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, the topic of charter schools is likely to attract more attention. But among African-American parents and the NAACP, the debate over school choice and its impact on public education is already a heated one. From Memphis, Education Week’s Lisa Stark reports. Continue reading

  • November 6, 2016  

    As this year’s hard-fought presidential race enters its final days, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are campaigning for a path to the 270 electoral votes needed to take the White House. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield offers a close look at the key results and trends to watch for, hour by hour. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2016  

    This campaign year has witnessed many unexpected shifts in the electorate — not to mention the candidates. But one of the most surprising changes may be the voters in Georgia. After supporting Republican presidential contenders for the past 24 years, the Peach State may be up for grabs due to its diversifying demographic. Judy Woodruff visited Georgia to report on the political climate there. Continue reading

  • September 28, 2016  

    The fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. is African-American women. But minority-owned businesses often face greater challenges getting funding. The NewsHour’s April Brown profiles two women who have bucked the stereotypes and gotten resourceful to launch their ventures. Continue reading

  • September 5, 2016  

    In “Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching,” Mychal Denzel Smith discusses what it’s like growing up as a young black man in an era that saw the election of the first black president in America, as well as the killing of Trayvon Martin. Smith sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new book. Continue reading

  • April 25, 2016  

    Pop sensation Beyonce’s sixth studio album, “Lemonade,” made an immediate impact with its innovative release as a visual album on HBO and through the music streaming service Tidal. For more on the groundbreaking work, which addresses both her personal troubles and the larger history of black women, Jeffrey Brown talks to Salamishah Tillet of the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading

  • February 26, 2016  

    With the South Carolina primary approaching, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are preparing for their first battle in a diverse electorate; black voters cast 55 percent of all ballots in the state’s 2012 primary. Clinton has a clear lead among that group, but Sanders’ supporters hope his message can win him enough converts to make a difference. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • February 25, 2016  

    Mahogany L. Browne is a poet and author coordinating the Women of the World Poetry Slam at New York’s Pratt Institute. She gives her Brief But Spectacular take on “Black Girl Magic” and the struggles facing African-American women in modern society. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2016  

    The New York Times has begun to unpack never-before-seen photographs that help fill in a portrait of African-American history. Why did these images of historic moments and well-known figures go unpublished for so long? Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Rachel Swarns of The New York Times. Continue reading

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