In 1970, the singer was a guy in his thirties with a job and a lunch pail. Then he wrote ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ and things got complicated
Wesley“Withers became one of the few stars in pop-music history to truly walk away from a lucrative career, entirely of his own volition, and never look back.”
Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away – Rolling Stone
<p>It’s been a grueling couple of weeks for the Washington Post. The paper found itself as the subject of news, rather than its author. Morale is hurting. The newsroom is angry. Management is stumbling. Whether this leads to growth or just to...
To Marty Baron and Tracy Grant: We write to share our alarm and dismay that our newsroom leaders have chosen to place Felicia Sonmez on leave over a social media post, and to urge The Post to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of our...
The Newseum could have been a great asset for American journalism. It wasn't.
Wesleythis piece nails it for me: I always found the Newseum to be...a very bad, largely incoherent museum that cost way too much money in a city full of the best museums in the world that you can visit for free
The Post has never conducted and released to the public a comprehensive pay study of its own. So this year, Post Guild decided to do one itself.
Our union contract with Post management mandates that the company give us pay data on Guild-covered...
“We feel like this is one of the most important stories of our time — how the drug companies saturated our country with these pills, which companies and which parts of the country (they) went to.”
Wesleyinternal shift from hesitance to publish raw data for others to use to making it major part of what we do has been one of most encouraging things in time I’ve been at WaPo. Opioid Files work by my colleagues (at Post and other outlets) has been remarkable
Ten years after a summer of rage over spending, trillion-dollar deficits are back.
WesleyHow do you write a 10 years later piece on the Tea Party and not mention - not once, not even in passing - the fact that it was essentially a hysterical grassroots tantrum about the fact that a black guy was president? Journalistic malpractice
The New York Times' “1619 Project,” which aims to chronicle the history, legacy, and modern ramifications of slavery on the 400th aniversary of the first African slaves being brought to the colonies, has generated a ton of controversy this week. But...
Wesley“Those who argue in favor of leaving more decisions up to the states are forced to grapple with the reality that for a majority of U.S. history, when states were left to their own devices, they denied liberty to millions of Americans”
American slavery began 400 years ago this month. This is referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s true origin.
WesleyI'd encourage all of you to read -- actually read -- the reported essays in the #1619project. If these ideas or facts are new to you, if they upset you or make you uncomfortable, if they challenge your idea of America, ask yourself: why?
Two Democratic presidential candidates recently observed the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. — a case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement as well as days of unrest locally. Sen....
Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. For generations, black Americans have fought to make them true.
Wesley“I am part of the first generation of black Americans in the history of the U.S. to be born into a society in which black people had full rights of citizenship. Black people suffered under slavery for 250 years; we have been legally “free” for just 50.”
HuffPost counted at least 800 people who died in jail. Our database is incomplete and we need your help!
WesleyHundreds of people kill themselves in American jails each year. They are almost always preventable deaths. This is a major failure of our criminal justice system - highlighted today by a high profile case
Although the department says implicit bias training is mandatory, two members of the department said they've never received it
Wesley"Do you think that there are white supremacists on the police force?"
"Yes" said Heather Taylor, an almost 19-year veteran on the St. Louis Metro police force.
"You didn't even pause."
"Have you seen some of the Facebook posts?
Toni Morrison talks about writing and her novel Love.
Wesley“When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”