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Lawrence Grandpre is the Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. His focuses include criminal justice, police accountability, and community-based economic/educational development. He is the co-author of "The Black Book" and his work has been featured in The Guardian and The Baltimore Sun.

Sep 29

OP-ED: This ‘Diversity’ Stuff Can Kill You: What I Learned as a Black Man at America’s Least Diverse Elite College 

By Lawrence Grandpre | Call To Action

  Introduction: Talking Back to Tokenism  I can’t count the number of times I’ve been used as the “face of diversity.” Everywhere from the brochure for the local summer camp to US News and World Report, I’ve found my smiling image being deployed as the visual representation of someone else’s commitment to racial equality, a […]

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Apr 14

Orange is the New (Anti) Black

By Lawrence Grandpre | Uncategorized

Despite their ostensibly progressive intent, media portrayals of Black life in prison reinforce superficial and dangerous conceptions of Black culture and Black life.  Many people have found the show “Orange is the New Black” to be an empowering–even radical–portrayal of the complexity of the prison experience and the experiences of Black women. The show’s progressive […]

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