Richard Potter: Pioneering African American Magician

Richard Potter: Pioneering African American Magician Thank you, Pop Haydn, for reminding me about pathbreaking performer Richard Potter (1783-1835), whom I’d first encountered in books like Conjure Times: Black Magicians in America by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson, and Milbourne Christopher’s Illustrated History of Magic. Potter is widely hailed as both the first American magician …

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

The “forgetting curve,” as it’s called, is steepest during the first 24 hours after you learn something. Exactly how much you forget, percentage-wise, varies, but unless you review the material, much of it slips down the drain after the first day, with more to follow in the days after, leaving you with a fraction of …

In the News

Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It. Simon Romero, January 28, 2018, The New York Times ALBUQUERQUE — Lenny Trujillo made a startling discovery when he began researching his descent from one of New Mexico’s pioneering Hispanic families: One of his ancestors was a slave. “I didn’t know about New Mexico’s slave trade, so …

Why a Radical 1970s Science Group Is More Relevant Than Ever

Science for the People was not directly responsible for the tomato-thrower, but the group was picketing labs dedicated to war research and asking scientists to pledge not to work on military projects. Since they would “do anything to break down the offensive/defensive capability of the United States,” as one FBI report put it, the agency …

Huffington Post Names "An Open Letter on #NoDAPL" Among Top 30 Most Important Articles Written by People of Color in 2016 – Native News Online

24 Dec 2016 NEW YORK – Earlier this week, the Huffington Post named an open letter written to a woman who works for the clerks office in Minot, North Dakota by an American Indian artist as one of the top 30 most important articles written by people of color in 2016.  The Huffington Post selected …

BLACK OR WHITE: 3 Black Adoptees Speak Out About Life With White Parents

“[With the tagline], Kevin Costner tries to redefine race. Is he really trying to redefine race or is he trying to reassert the idea that love can conquer all?” Rollins said. “That isn’t to say that I don’t have an idealistic view. I definitely believe in the notion of what James Baldwin called universal radical love in fighting white supremacy. I don’t think that’s the kind of love Kevin Costner is talking about.” - Lisa Marie Rollins