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  • ‘A bridge from desolation to the divine’

    Outside of basketball spheres, Charlottesville, Virginia, had maintained a relatively low profile for a while. That is, until the summer of 2017. In May of that year, white supremacist leader Richard Spencer led a small rally to protest the removal of a statue of a confederate leader. Two months later, the Ku Klux Klan held…

  • ‘I became like Kirby’

    Talking with James D. Gavins, you can’t take any time off. He’ll have you thinking from the moment you shake his hand until long after you say goodbye. Even answering seemingly benign questions, like where he’s from, James hints at something deeper. Something intellectual. “That kind of gets complicated … I’m from Chicago. I’m from…

  • ‘What can you do every day to be more free?’

    Thiahera Nurse writes to “heal and be healed” — or at least, she used to. “I wrote that in a bio at my peak, ‘poetry heals all,’ you know what I mean? I still carry a lot of that energy but it comes with some erosion,” Thiahera said. “Some tragedies you write on the page…

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