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My Name Is Myeisha Is a Dramatic Hip-Hop Musical That Tells the Heartbreaking Story of Tyisha Miller’s 1998 Murder 

On Dec. 28, 1998, police officers in Riverside, Calif., opened fire on Tyisha Miller as she lay unconscious in her Nissan Sentra. The 19-year-old was driving with her 15-year-old friend when the car’s tire went flat and the duo pulled off the side of the road. After a stranger drove Miller’s friend to get assistance…

Black Women Are Black Panther's Mightiest Heroes

As more and more of the public flocks to theaters to catch a Black Panther screening, much of the conversation’s been dedicated to comparing and contrasting T’Challa and Killmonger’s opposing views on the role Wakanda should be playing—and should have played—outside of its borders. But the reality is that Black Panther…

What’s the Biggest National Chain You’ve Never Actually Stepped Foot in Before?

Fifteen or so years ago, Oprah had a show where various celebrities offered their favorite sandwiches: what’s in them, where they’re sold, how often they eat one, etc. Chris Rock was featured in this segment, and described a shrimp-and-bacon club from the Cheesecake Factory. This memory has stuck in my mind because of…

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Erika Alexander On the Legend of Maxine Shaw, Living Single, and Her Buffy Spinoff Comic

Erika Alexander has one of those signature laughs. It’s really more of a cackle. Over the phone, her effusiveness travels, just as her character Maxine Shaw’s did through five seasons of Living Single, the prototypical ’90s sitcom about four black women in Brooklyn. At one point a cultural force—the highest-rated…