The Monthly Digest: March 2017

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Monthly Digest: March 2017
In February LARB marked Black History Month with a number of articles on African-American culture, ranging from interviews with the brilliant filmmakers behind recent features on James Baldwin and Maya Angelou, to reviews of a memoir by South African-born comedian Trevor Noah and a book on the tragic murder of Emmett Till, to a piece on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC, which serves as a “battle station” in the continuing struggle for equality. — LARB Editorial

Miami Melancholia
Matt Sandler – December 16, 2016
The world depicted in “Moonlight” is an internal colony, abandoned by the state’s supposed benevolence, and stuck serving its ends through suffering…. Two of the articles below address elements of that continuing struggle: the issues of diversity on college campuses and of coercive policing in L.A.’s Skid Row, “home to roughly 13,000 mostly undereducated, unemployed, overwhelmingly black (upward of 75 percent) working-age men, many of whom suffer from physical disabilities, mental illness, and addiction.” We also append two reviews of Moonlight, which made history this week by becoming the first film with an all black cast to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.