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Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA, is author of Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.
Robin D. G. Kelley on the midterm elections.
Robin D. G. Kelley published his pathbreaking history of the Black radical imagination in 2002. Where are we two decades later?
While W. E. B. Du Bois praised an expanding penitentiary system, T. Thomas Fortune called for investment in education and a multiracial, working-class movement.
Robin D. G. Kelley and Bongani Madondo honor the writer’s life, work, and legacy.
I wrote letters for West’s hire and renewal at Harvard. The school’s administrators completely miss the point of tenure.
The story of how Black people confront systems of racial capitalism and plot world liberation. A reading list from Robin D. G. Kelley.
The threat of fascism has grown before our eyes. Black Marxism helps us to fight it with greater clarity, with a more expansive conception of the task before us, and with ever more questions.
Surveying Trumpland with Cedric Robinson
As a culture of protest took hold in 1960s LA, communities of color also prioritized a radical tradition of care, emphasizing mutual aid, community control, and the transformative power of art and politics.
A transcript of our panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The story of how black people confront systems of racial capitalism and plot world liberation. A reading list from Robin D. G. Kelley.
Robin D. G. Kelley talks with musician Vijay Iyer about systems of oppression, the responsibility of artists, and how jazz sells proximity to blackness to white people.
Boots Riley's new film roasts racial capitalism and issues an unapologetic call for revolution.
Boston Review deserves your support; they have earned it.
America loves pitting Black intellectuals against each other, but today's activists need both Coates and West.
We have to do much more than fight back, we have to fight for the world that could liberate and sustain us all when Trump is gone.
A critique that anticipated the political currents of contemporary America.
The ideas in the movement’s new manifesto would enrich our practice of democracy.
In 1963 and today, the real work happens elsewhere.
Revolutionary Theater in Palestine
Without an anti-racist critique, challenges to neoliberalism will fail.
Final response: Love as a creative, revolutionary force cannot be reduced to only tending to trauma.
Economic anxieties are inseparable from whiteness and racism.