The 8.30.20 Issue


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    The group Black Visions, which is based in Minneapolis and has been integral to the protest movement that erupted following the killing of George Floyd. The group’s founders include, from left: Kandace Montgomery, Miski Noor and Oluchi Omeoga.
    CreditD'Angelo Lovell Williams for The New York Times


    How a New Wave of Black Activists Changed the Conversation

    George Floyd’s killing galvanized a nation. But small groups like the queer-led collective Black Visions are channeling that energy into a movement for political change.


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    CreditIllustration by Eric Yahnker


    Donald Trump Jr. Is Ready. But for What, Exactly?

    Of all the president’s children, he has the strongest connection to the politics, voters and online disinformation ecosystem that put his father in the White House. What will he do with it?


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    Jace Hambrick with his mother, Kathleen, earlier this year. Like many men prosecuted in Washington State sex stings, he had no criminal history before his arrest.
    CreditJess T. Dugan for The New York Times


    Convicted of Sex Crimes, but With No Victims

    An online sting operation to catch child predators snared hundreds of men. What were they really guilty of?


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    CreditPhoto illustration by Najeebah Al-Ghadban


    The Racial Anxiety Lurking Behind Reaction Videos

    The internet loves watching young Black YouTubers pour out blessings on Boomer favorites — an enthusiasm that says a lot about the nation today.


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    Poem: Ode to the Oranges of Jaffa

    What if the orchards, lizards, and rivers could tell the histories? A poem drawing from memories and witness.

    By Philip Metres and

  2. Judge John Hodgman

    CreditIllustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

    Judge John Hodgman on Fending for Yourself

    You found the last small steak. If you’ve both agreed to make dinner for yourselves, should you have the steak?


  1. Tip

    CreditIllustration by Radio

    How to Make a Love Potion

    Fill a glass jar one third with rose buds and the rest with honey. Even if you’re skeptical of magic, let yourself enjoy the sweetness.


  2. Issue 8.30.20


    Behind the Cover: Black Visions

    A look at the Minneapolis-based organizing group Black Visions, and where collective action may go from here.