Donnell Alexander is the author of Ghetto Celebrity: Searching for My Father in Me. He has contributed to Time, NPR, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.
‘We wanted to work the land with our kids’: the Black US farmers reclaiming the soil
Co-published with The Guardian. A fledgling movement towards Black-owned farms seeks to address the lack of land ownership and fresh food in many communities of color.
In California, a Thirst for Change
Co-published with KCRW. An estimated one million Californians — mostly rural and poor — are exposed to contaminated water each year.
Here’s What It’s Like to Live in a $17 Airbnb
Co-published with Alternet. The truth of the company's impact is more complicated—and less lofty—than democratizing travel.
How I Learned to Be Hungry
Co-published with The Nation. America’s nutrition conundrum can mean swinging between two extremes of bad eating.
When White People Say They Have My Back, What Does That Actually Mean?
Co-published with The Nation. For a few weeks in Portland, I got a glimpse of what real solidarity looks like.
In This Teen Book Club, “The Outsiders” Leads to Talk of Boys and ICE
Co-published with Bright. The political divide between these conservative kids and their immigrant friends disappears through frank conversation and a shared love of literature.
Ex-Occupier Is Bringing Revolution to Small-Town Oregon
Co-published with Fusion. This is revolutionary: Trying to take control of a city council in a small town and then give the power to people.
I Love My Children and I Owe Them So Much Money
Co-published with Jezebel. (Excerpt) The majority of child support debt is owed by parents making less than $10,000.
The Darkness in Burns, Oregon
Co-published with Rolling Stone. I visited the area in Oregon where armed white militants took over a wildlife refuge, and I felt like a sitting black duck.
My Time in Motel Hell
Co-published with Fusion. Motels aren't just a place for travellers to sleep—they've also become the front lines in America's housing crisis.
Down and Out in Portland
Co-published with Salon. Lean seasons had always been part of my writing life, but this time I was dead broke.