How a Family Tragedy for Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka Inspired a Haven for Domestic Violence Survivors

On a balmy summer night in 2003, 31-year-old Shani Baraka and her partner, Rayshon Holmes, 30, went to Baraka’s older sister’s house to retrieve some of her belongings. Her sister, Wanda Pasha, was separating from her increasingly violent and erratic husband, who lay in wait at her Piscataway, N.J., home. He shot and…

Revolutionary Fire Fuels State of Black World Convention as Activists Prepare for Trump

The New Jersey Nation of Islam Vanguard Drill Team—serious-looking young sisters marching in paper-cut precision right in front of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and the masses who had gathered for the State of the Black World IV Conference—looked like something out of an old book on Pan-Africanist Marcus…