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The Paradox of the First Black President

As the historic administration nears its final year, African-American leaders debate: Did Barack Obama do enough for his own community?

By Jennifer Senior

Key & Peele Knew How to Tell a Race Joke

Their willingness to skewer racial expectations is always accompanied by an optimism that we can be more than how society sees us.

By E. Alex Jung

The Decline of Harper Lee

The iconic 88-year-old author is involved in a messy tussle over a new biography. Does this mean she'll never tell her own story?

By Boris Kachka