What it looks like when racism affects healthcare — and how we must do better.
Collage by Yunuen Bonaparte. Photos from left to right by Michelle Leman, Klaus Nielsen, and Tima Miroshnichenko
In 2014, while in graduate school in Chicago, I underwent treatment for a serious illness. After spending an intense month in the hospital, I was finally transferred to outpatient treatment with weekly doctor appointments. One night, kept awake by insomnia, nausea, and with my hair inexplicably falling out, I wondered if I should page my doctor to ask for a medication adjustment or if I should wait 5 days until my next appointment.
I was a foreigner from the Caribbean and had only been in the United States a few months, so I was still unsure of how to navigate the U.S. healthcare system. I t...
‘Summer of Soul’ blesses screens for the first time with an African American star-studded Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of 1969 in Harlem, New York, United States.
The director of the project, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was initially overwhelmed by the thought of taking on the task of putting together such a culturally groundbreaking moment in history.
"In 2017 I'm approached about this so-called mythical first of all that happened in 69 with Sly and Nina and Stevie and Mavis and B.B. and these comedians and gospel acts, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Olatunji and Hugh Masekela.
"And just to hear the names. I was overwhelmed and I'm like, wait a minute yo, like. I know everything about music and how come...