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In our series of letters from African-American journalists, novelist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther...

“It’s just a dream.” There was no sound in my ear. It remained quiet. I pushed hard against the door, and was able to open it, and then shut it. I was still asleep....

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It’s not dark enough for me to draw my own blood

Now, here, the silence is broken by a cawing that’s not a bird nor a crow, but an owl. The owl flies directly into the headlights. I see him, a large yellow eyed bird...

My sister was killed in a drunk driving accident

Walking to the beach with my umbrella still on top, I watched the water rippling on the rocky shore and thought to myself…I don’t belong here. I don’t fit in. I want to go...

Three hours pass and the phone rings again

Three hours passes and the phone rings again. A couple of rings. He opens his eyes and smiles at the caller ID. He glances at his watch. 5:46. He looks up and sighs, shaking...