2017 Was the Deadliest Year For Trans People In At Least a Decade

2017 Was the Deadliest Year For Trans People In At Least a Decade

At least 25 transgender people have been violently killed in 2017, more than during any other recorded year in the past decade, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The report notes that 84 percent of the victims were people of color and 80 percent identified as female. Trans women are four times more likely than cisgender women to […]

This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Funded

This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Funded

Ed Note 11/16/2017: The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Kickstarter campaign ended successfully with a total of $ 368,841 funded by nearly 3,000 backers. The original goal of $ 250,000 had been met eight days earlier. “We have shown how the world has fully embraced the importance of hip-hop to American culture,” said the museum’s director Lonnie Bunch. […]

Inmates Are Using Masturbation as a Weapon. Female Guards Have Had Enough.

Inmates Are Using Masturbation as a Weapon. Female Guards Have Had Enough.

A pair of class-action lawsuits filed recently against the sheriff’s office in Cook County, Illinois, allege that the office has failed to protect female workers and female public defenders against frequent and egregious sexual harassment—by male inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Inaction by Sheriff Thomas Dart has left the jail “an objectively abusive […]

How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photography

How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photography

On Pete Souza’s Instagram, it’s almost as if Barack Obama is still president. The former chief official White House photographer, who shot up to 1,000 pictures a day over the eight years of the Obama administration, has plenty of material to share. Since January 20, he’s been going through his seemingly endless stream of images, […]

How Rapper Meek Mill Became a Cause Célèbre for Criminal Justice Reform

How Rapper Meek Mill Became a Cause Célèbre for Criminal Justice Reform

Celebrities and civil rights groups are rallying around 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison last week after a judge ruled that he’d violated the terms of his probation, which stemmed from charges related to an arrest for carrying a gun to a local grocery store when he was 18. […]

The Restaurant Where All Staff Members Have HIV

The Restaurant Where All Staff Members Have HIV

“Being HIV positive, I’ve been called a lot of things,” starts saying one of the Chefs in the promotional video for June’s An HIV Eatery. “unloveable, shameful, reckless, stupid, junkie, untouchable, infectious,” other chefs continue, “but there is one thing I never thought I’d be called, ‘chef’.” sentences the promotional video that is looking to […]

“We Didn’t Have to Suffer Like That”: Inside a Texas Prison During Hurricane Harvey

“We Didn’t Have to Suffer Like That”: Inside a Texas Prison During Hurricane Harvey

In late August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the southeast Texas coast bringing with it extreme winds and dropping more than four feet of rain across Houston and the surrounding area. The catastrophic flooding caused thousands to evacuate, including many state prisoners who were moved to drier and safer facilities elsewhere in the state. But the 3,000 men inside […]

How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces

How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces

The city of George Town, in the Malaysian state of Penang, has long drawn tourists to its streets, where sherbet-colored shophouses, intricately tiled courtyards and historic temples and mosques prove irresistible photo fodder. But in recent years something else has been attracting camera-toting travelers: dozens of street art murals that practically beg to become selfie […]