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Remembering Chadwick Boseman, Kobe Bryant, and John Lewis

Every year, we reacquaint ourselves with grief. Yet in 2020, grief became the backdrop to everything. If it wasn’t a pandemic disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities, it was unchecked…


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Remembering Chadwick Boseman, Kobe Bryant, and John Lewis

Illustration: Kingsley Nebechi

Every year, we reacquaint ourselves with grief. Yet in 2020, grief became the backdrop to everything. If it wasn’t a pandemic disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities, it was unchecked police violence that robbed folks like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor of their lives. Just because the year featured death writ large, though, didn’t mean it wasn’t still capable of a punch to the gut — or three.

In the past 12 months, we lost a trio of Black men who loomed large, men who had spent their lives becoming legends. In January, it was Kobe Bryant, whose post-NBA career…


The icon didn’t live to see his vision for racial justice achieved, despite what cynical politicians want us to believe

Many lovely and important tributes have been shared in the days since the passing of Rep. John Lewis (here is one, here is another). And rightfully so. He was a bonafide hero and selfless public servant. It’s extraordinary for a prominent Black hero of the civil rights movement to survive the era, let alone live a long life and achieve a seat of power in our nation’s Congress.

I worry, however, that the death of Lewis puts greater distance between America and the racial equality and justice he spent his days fighting for. It’s easier to convince the comfortable that…

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