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AfroPunk Acts To Free Your Mind And Your ... Ears

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'Southside With You' Has Us Asking: Where Is The Love In Black Movies?

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In a country where the share of multiracial children has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years, it's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me. Jeannie Phan for NPR hide caption

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Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

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A screen displays the concert of Mexican folk singer Vicente Fernández in Guadalajara, Mexico, in April, when Fernández announced his retirement. Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

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Chris Green, a tribal member, and his son get the dogs out early to round up a herd at Big Cypress Reservation. Carlton Ward Jr/National Geographic Creative hide caption

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South Florida's Seminole Cowboys: Cattle Is 'In Our DNA'

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Puerto Rico's Monica Puig reacts after winning her women's singles final tennis match against Germany's Angelique Kerber at the Olympic Tennis Centre of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Vernon Lee of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, a national monument designation for Gold Butte would be the next best thing to having the U.S. government return the land to his people. Kirk Siegler hide caption

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In Nevada, Tribes Push To Protect Land At The Heart Of Bundy Ranch Standoff

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Wilkinsburg High School's class of 2016, its last graduating class after over a century in operation. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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Episode 13: Struggling School, Or Sanctuary?

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Simone Manuel is one of the best swimmers in the world. But even in 2016, there are very few professional swimmers who look like her. Clive Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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The Justice Department released a report Wednesday morning that was highly critical of the Baltimore Police Department for systematically stopping, searching and arresting the city's black residents, frequently without grounds for doing so. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Flint Mayor: 'Everybody Played A Role In This Disaster'

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Last month, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's chief prosecutor, announced she was dropping the remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore. The Gray case set off a wave of protests and unrest in Baltimore. Steve Ruark/AP hide caption

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Comics Maz Jobrani and Aparna Nancherla On Their 'Difficult' Names: Episode 12

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In the world of books and literature, "diversity" has recently become hotly debated, along with other cultural and media spheres. Though a few writers of color seem to be getting more shine, the demographics of those working behind the scenes in publishing remain almost entirely white. malerapaso/Getty Images hide caption

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