Race and Ethnicity

Essay: Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ Into a Blessing

Four new literary works revisit African history, refiguring age-old maledictions as a birthright, a special form of insight, a superpower, a redemption. Julian Lucas explains.

The Good, the Bad and ‘Black Panther’

Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott, the chief film critics of The New York Times, look back at a year of rage, silliness and sublimity at the movies.