°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

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Ben Affleck (Kinda) Apologizes For Asking PBS Program To Hide Slave-Owning Ancestor

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Academy Award-winning actor has been at the center of media storm after the release of hacked emails show that he asked a TV show about genealogy to avoid mentioning an ancestor who owned slaves.


It Took Two Centuries, But The Native Hawaiian Population May Be Bouncing Back

Saturday, April 18, 2015

By some estimates, the entire population of Native Hawaiians was almost wiped out just a century ago. But now their numbers may be near what they were before their first contact with Europeans.


Some Key Facts We've Learned About Police Shootings Over The Past Year

Monday, April 13, 2015

The details of the deadly police-involved shooting of Walter Scott bear some strong resonances with many of the cases of police violence that have made headlines over the past year.


Proposals To Diversify NYC's Top High Schools Would Do Little To Help, Study Finds

Friday, April 03, 2015

One of New York City's thorniest political issues is over how to make its elite high schools more representative. A new study says that many popular proposals won't help diversity — and might hurt it.


The Fear Of Black Men In America: How It Feels To Be A Problem

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

In the #FearAndRace discussion, hundreds of people weighed in on what it was like to navigate the world as black men seen as a threat, and how they did it.


This Isn't The First Time Network TV Discovered Black People

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A recent Deadline article worried over whether network TV is becoming too brown. It missed some really important history.


Takeaways From The Federal Report On Deadly Force By Philadelphia Cops

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Justice Department crunched years of data after Charles Ramsey, the city's police commissioner, requested that it look into how and when his officers used deadly force.


From Hot Sauce To Diapers, 'Superconsumers' Of Color Buy More Of, Well, Everything

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new Nielsen report shows that wooing customers of color has got to be in every company's game plan.


Off The Menu: Realness Is A Matter Of Taste

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A new documentary about the spread of Asian-American cuisine got us wondering about how we remix pieces of culture — and how we police them for authenticity.


Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first black player, wasn't celebrated like Jackie Robinson, but today, Lloyd's league occupies a far bigger place in the black — and global — imagination.


Does The Redskins' 'Free Speech' Claim Hold Water?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The much-maligned N.F.L. team is suing the federal government for taking its trademark away. Thing is, they're probably right.


Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

Friday, February 27, 2015

When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the Star Trek actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.


Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock's Jewish Heritage

Friday, February 27, 2015

The actor, who died on Friday at the age of 83, brought a lot of his Jewish roots to the role of Mr. Spock, including a certain iconic hand salutation.


In The South, Way More People Are Identifying As Both Black And White

Friday, February 27, 2015

Data from the 2010 Census show that the number is rising fastest in Southern states, and among toddlers.


Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A lawsuit involving a Muslim job seeker and the preppy mall retailer could have big implications for religious discrimination laws.


How Birthright Citizenship For American Samoans Could Threaten 'The Samoan Way'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Supreme Court case on automatic citizenship for Samoans could pit the preservation of an indigenous culture against a broader call for rights.


A White Supremacist's Legacy Looms Over Schools In South Carolina

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Tillman was a senator from South Carolina in the 1890s and one of Clemson University's founders. He also happened to be a raging, notorious white supremacist.


Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lawmakers are threatening to shut down troubled South Carolina State University. Alumni have filed a lawsuit over illegal discrimination to try to save it.


Study: Locking Lots Of People Up Did Not Cause The Great Crime Drop

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A new study says that there's little evidence that record levels of mass incarceration have contributed much to a decades-long decline in crime rates.


NYPD's Top Cop Wants To Make It A Felony to Resist Arrest

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A recent report found that blacks are already more likely to face that charge than whites, raising questions of abuse.