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Meet the Few African-American Owners in D.C.'s Bar Boom

Still behind in the gentrification game in Washington, H Street Northeast is a good place for African-Americans to open bars.

The New Face of the Marijuana Movement

It isn't about drugs. It's about justice.

High School Graduation Rates Are at an All-Time High, Especially for Latino Students

Education advocates cite decades of intervention as the primary cause, but recession could also be a contributing factor. 

In D.C., White Men Come Out on Top

White guys are crushing it in our nation's capital, leaving other groups out. But there are ways to help to narrow the city's racial and gender wage gaps.

Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP By $2.1 Trillion

A new study shows that the U.S. economy—and that of every large metro area—would soar if minorities had equal access and opportunities in the job market. 

In New York, West African Immigrants Cope With Ebola Crisis on Two Fronts

Rather than barricading themselves at home, these immigrant communities are taking action.

The Economic Impact of School Discipline

African-American girls are more likely to be suspended and spend time in alternative schools, limiting their lifetime opportunities.

Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

As Detroit Emerges From Bankruptcy, Mom Urges Native Son to Come Home

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

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Meet the Few African-American Owners in D.C.'s Bar Boom

Still behind in the gentrification game in Washington, H Street Northeast is a good place for African-Americans to open bars.

The New Face of the Marijuana Movement

It isn't about drugs. It's about justice.

High School Graduation Rates Are at an All-Time High, Especially for Latino Students

Education advocates cite decades of intervention as the primary cause, but recession could also be a contributing factor. 

In D.C., White Men Come Out on Top

White guys are crushing it in our nation's capital, leaving other groups out. But there are ways to help to narrow the city's racial and gender wage gaps.

Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP By $2.1 Trillion

A new study shows that the U.S. economy—and that of every large metro area—would soar if minorities had equal access and opportunities in the job market. 

In New York, West African Immigrants Cope With Ebola Crisis on Two Fronts

Rather than barricading themselves at home, these immigrant communities are taking action.

The Economic Impact of School Discipline

African-American girls are more likely to be suspended and spend time in alternative schools, limiting their lifetime opportunities.

Just How Hard Is It to Live in New York City?

A Columbia University survey finds that almost 40 percent of New Yorkers experienced severe material hardship in 2012.

As Detroit Emerges From Bankruptcy, Mom Urges Native Son to Come Home

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Your Waitress Works for Tips, Not Pinches

A new report finds that more than one-third of tipped female workers who leave their jobs quit because of sexual harassment.

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.