Jay Connor

staff writer at The Root, contributing writer at Huffington Post, founder and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast

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Until recently, the NFL did not allow players to silently protest police brutality or kneel during the national anthem.

NFL emphasizes its fight against systemic racism during Super Bowl. How genuine is it?

Until recently, the NFL did not allow players to silently protest police brutality or kneel during the national anthem.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Oscars so white. Oscars so male. Oscars so … Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech.

Oscars: Diversity among performers but not nominees

Oscars so white. Oscars so male. Oscars so … Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Mary J. Blige released her first album in 1992, and the awards rained down.

The career and influence of Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige released her first album in 1992, and the awards rained down.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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