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Mat Johnson is the author of Pym, Drop, Hunting in Harlem and The Great Negro Plot as well as several graphic novels including Incognegro, Dark Rain and Right State. Meera Bowman Johnson hide caption

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Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner stops to sign autographs for fans before a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in 2013 in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Sgt. Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department speaks to the media as Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson (left) stands near a Twin Peaks restaurant where nine members of a motorcycle gang were shot and killed in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday. Mike Stone/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Tourists meander through the Great Hall in the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum. A new exhibition at the museum tells stories of immigrants who have come as recently as the start of this century. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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A policeman stands guard on Pine Street in West Philadelphia near the remains of 61 row houses days after they were destroyed by fire on May 13, 1985, when police dropped explosives into a house occupied by members of the radical group MOVE. George Widman/AP hide caption

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NYPD Officer Peter Liang arrives at Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., after being indicted for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man while patrolling the darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project last November. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Connie and Gerald Renfrow outside their Osage Avenue home. April Saul for NPR hide caption

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The neighborhood where the compound of the radical group MOVE was located. Peter Morgan/AP hide caption

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A group of mothers and infants celebrate a recent graduation from the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program. Marty Lipp/Courtesy of Harlem Children's Zone hide caption

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Noorbakhsh (left) and Ahmed are both contributors to the book Love, Inshallah: The Secret Lives of Muslim Women. Sabiha Basrai hide caption

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Joshua Patel enjoys the 14th-anniversary celebration of Desilicious, a regular dance party staged by the South Asian LGBT community in New York City. Courtesy of Atif Toor hide caption

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Here's the band. Sarah Giffrow/The Slants hide caption

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