Researching, celebrating and supporting African American food culture is Michael Twitty’s way to honor and heal his country’s racial past.

African American writer Rich Benjamin spent two years living in — and writing about — America’s whitest neighborhoods. The response to his book (and TED Talk) was honest, raw — and sometimes misunderstood his purpose. Here, he responds to the response.

How a letter written in 1855 gave Kyra Gaunt a whole new perspective on slavery.