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Arrested Development Takes on Ferguson, Clinton, and Hip-Hop

The "Tennessee" front man says the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases shouldn't be surprising to anyone who listened to early gangster rap.

Detroit Is a Dream Come True for Iraqi Refugees

When you've grown up in Baghdad and been driven out of your home by militants, even America's most struggling city is a welcome sight.

The Detroit Entrepreneurs You Never Hear About

White millionaires are remaking downtown Detroit. But these small businesses are opening in the struggling neighborhoods where people live. 

'It's About as Dangerous Here Now as It Is in Mexico'

It took decades of work for this immigrant to buy his family a house in Detroit. Now he wonders if it will be the last one standing on his street. 

Who Wants to Live in Detroit?

Four decades after 'white flight' began, tens of thousands of African-Americans have now left as well. What does that mean for the city's future?

America's Largest Black Boarding School Sends 97 Percent of Students to College

This Mississippi school was founded to teach the illiterate children of freed slaves. It's still helping disadvantaged students.

The Culture Clash in Mississippi's Mosques

African-American Muslims who once preached black separatism have opened their mosques to all Muslims. It has been a bumpy ride.  

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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.