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A life lesson from the great James Baldwin, and more
Advice on growing up, giving love a chance, and getting rid of Dad’s porn.
Jamila Woods builds on legacies that shook the world
On the new Legacy! Legacy!, Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future.
J.R. Jones picks the best films of 2017
The Reader’s film editor selects his favorite movies that premiered in Chicago this year.
James Baldwin: Voice of a preacher, heart of a nomad
Raoul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro looks at the writer who brought his own religious issues to the civil rights movement.
Dutchman and TRANSit: A double bill of provocation
American Blues Theater revives Amiri Baraka’s searing one-act alongside a new commission that puts gender identity in the spotlight.
Why black family violence deserves more attention
It’s a tough subject to write about, but Ta-Nehisi Coates is more than capable.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me grapples with ugly truths about race in America
The Atlantic essayist wonders if he can save his son from his country.
More of the best books I read this year
A Reader writer looks back on a year in reading.
Revisiting James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son
A reissued edition of Baldwin’s first nonfiction work on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his death