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The Game-Changing Success of <em>Black Panther</em>

The Game-Changing Success of <em>Black Panther</em>

Over the last few years, a lot of pernicious Hollywood myths about what movies are “marketable” have been shattered. Old excuses about how blockbusters featuring actors of color don’t appeal to
The Chasm Between Racial Optimism and Reality

The Chasm Between Racial Optimism and Reality

In 1868, the abolitionist and orator Anna E. Dickinson published What Answer?, a novel that explored, in a manner revolutionary for its time, the subject of interracial marriage. The Atlantic assigned
The Prowess of Nina Simone’s Early Records

The Prowess of Nina Simone’s Early Records

Sixty years ago, Nina Simone was not yet quite an icon. The legendary singer, pianist, songwriter, and civil-rights activist—who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April—turned 25
The Song of Killmonger

The Song of Killmonger

During “Fuck Your Ethnicity,” the very first song on Kendrick Lamar’s very first album, a robotic voice beamed in with this: “Reporting live from Planet Terminator X, I am Martin Luther King with an
<i>Asymmetry</i>: A Mentorship Tale, With Surprises

<i>Asymmetry</i>: A Mentorship Tale, With Surprises

Even if you had never heard a word about Asymmetry or its author, Lisa Halliday, before you started reading the book, it wouldn’t take long to realize that the figure at the center of the story is a
Why Don't More Female Figure Skaters Wear Pants?

Why Don't More Female Figure Skaters Wear Pants?

Last weekend, one of the buzzier stories out of the Olympic ladies’ figure skating short program competition was one you might call … surprisingly surprising. The French figure skater Maé-Bérénice
<em>Black Panther</em> Is More Than a Superhero Movie

<em>Black Panther</em> Is More Than a Superhero Movie

Note: Although this review avoids plot spoilers, it does discuss the thematic elements of the film at some length.After an animated introduction to the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, Black
<em>Early Man</em> Is a Delightfully English Caveman Comedy

<em>Early Man</em> Is a Delightfully English Caveman Comedy

Nick Park’s movies are so rooted in a particularly twee English spirit, they feel like they’re being projected onto a tea cozy. The veteran animator, who created the Wallace and Gromit characters and
A Gold Medalist With No Arms

A Gold Medalist With No Arms

Beatrice Vio cultivated a passion for fencing when she was five years old. At 11, she contracted severe meningitis. In the hospital, the doctors gave her an unimaginable choice: Keep her limbs and
The Spirit of <em>The Silence of the Lambs</em> Lives On

The Spirit of <em>The Silence of the Lambs</em> Lives On

As The Silence of the Lambs opens, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is jogging through the woods at the FBI’s training academy at Quantico when she’s told to report immediately to her superior Jack
Why Fashion Is Key to Understanding the World of <i>Black Panther</i>

Why Fashion Is Key to Understanding the World of <i>Black Panther</i>

Black Panther is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2018—not just for its adaptation of the popular comic, but also for its fashion. Since the first teaser trailer was released last June,
The Out Olympics

The Out Olympics

Editor’s Note: Read more of The Atlantic’s Winter Olympics 2018 coverage. At the 2014 Olympics where he won the silver medal in slopestyle skiing, Gus Kenworthy toyed with the idea of finishing up
The Provocation and Power of <em>Black Panther</em>

The Provocation and Power of <em>Black Panther</em>

This article contains light spoilers.Blackness invites speculation. The very idea of a global African diaspora creates the most fertile of grounds for a field of what-ifs. What if European enslavers
The Necessity of 'Willful Blindness' in Writing

The Necessity of 'Willful Blindness' in Writing

By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon, and more.Doug
In <i>Black Lightning</i>, There’s No Right Way to Fix a City

In <i>Black Lightning</i>, There’s No Right Way to Fix a City

This story contains spoilers for the first four episodes of Black Lightning.In the second episode of the new series Black Lightning, Principal Jefferson Pierce addresses a group of parents who have
Beware the Northside Skull and Bone Gang

Beware the Northside Skull and Bone Gang

On the morning of Mardi Gras, before the first light of dawn, dozens of skeletons flood the streets of the 6th Ward neighborhood of Tremé in New Orleans. For 200 years, its residents have awakened on
Sympathy for Janet on <i>The Good Place</i>

Sympathy for Janet on <i>The Good Place</i>

This article contains mild spoilers through Season 2 of The Good Place.“I’m not a girl,” Janet, the friendly afterlife assistant, tells Jason, her charmingly doltish dead boyfriend, in the
<em>Educated</em> Is a Brutal, One-of-a-Kind Memoir

<em>Educated</em> Is a Brutal, One-of-a-Kind Memoir

Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind, yet page after page describes the maiming of bodies—not just hers, but the heads, limbs, and torsos of her parents and six
Goat on a Pile of Scrap Lumber

Goat on a Pile of Scrap Lumber

The goat lowers his head like a fur-covered anvil, as if he knows all things in the world change. His eyes are bisected by a horizon line of yellow light. You’re wondering what might happen if you
Could Netflix Be Giving Up on Prestige Films?

Could Netflix Be Giving Up on Prestige Films?

Just a year ago, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Netflix was a big player. The streaming company was a little more than a year into releasing its own original movies for its subscribers, and it