The Hard Numbers Behind Juneteenth in a Racist America

Nicole Phillip Some of the most glaring disparities in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America are spelled out in detail the United States often seems unable to countenance. Updated Jun. 19, 2020 5:07AM ET / Published Jun. 19, 2020 4:28AM ET  Friday marks Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and specifically word…

Black History Month: George Taliaferro Made NFL Draft History

This February, Sports Illustrated is celebrating Black History Month by spotlighting a different iconic athlete or group of athletes every day. Today, SI looks back on the legacy of George Taliaferro.  George Taliaferro became the first African-American player drafted by an NFL team when he was picked by the Chicago Bears in 1949. Taliaferro was…

Her Story: Five Remarkable Women You Should Know

Representation matters. When we tell herstory, we tell our story. For hundreds of years, Black women have contributed in vital ways to every aspect of American life — science, literature, math, sports, politics, justice, music, entertainment, and the list goes on and on — but too often, their narratives have escaped our notice. Their stories have not been…

There Are Over 1,200 Majority-Black Cities in the U.S.

Some urbanists believe large cities should subsume the small black cities in their orbit. But that won’t erase a legacy of discrimination. Can less populated cities on the outskirts of larger metropolitan areas be too small to succeed? Are urban municipalities with fewer than 100,000 people vestiges of a bygone era? Should small “inner-ring” cities…