Janell Ross is the senior correspondent on race and identities for TIME.
Fani Willis on the Atlanta Shootings and Donald Trump
She's working under the spotlight of two cases that have drawn the nation’s eyes to her officeBy Janell Ross/Atlanta September 28, 2021
Terence Blanchard on 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones'
When New York City's Metropolitan Opera reopens after its pandemic closure, it will do so with the first opera in its history by a Black composerBy Janell Ross September 27, 2021
What Comes After Richmond's Robert E. Lee Statue?
The removal of Richmond, Va.'s Robert E. Lee statue is a gesture that can only be given lasting substance by what happens nextBy Janell Ross September 9, 2021
What Women Owe Each Other on Black Women's Equal Pay Day
The wage gap is often described as a pay and opportunity difference between white men and all women. But once you know the history, it's clear that the gap between groups of women is just as important—and that white women share an obligation to address itBy Janell Ross August 3, 2021
The Texas Democrats Go to Washington
Critics see Texas Democrats' walkout to D.C. as a publicity stunt. A few days in D.C. with the lawmakers show it's more than thatBy Janell Ross/Washington, D.C. July 23, 2021
Texas Democrat in DC on COVID-19: ‘Let This Be a Reminder'
“Let this be a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much among us, with infection rates on the rise and more infectious variants spreading nationwide," Rep. Celia Israel said in a statementBy Janell Ross July 17, 2021
Zaila Avant-garde Knows Spelling Bee History Is Troubling
Zaila Avant-garde made history as the first Black winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but true equality in spelling remains elusiveBy Janell Ross July 16, 2021
What Bill Cosby’s Release Says About Overturned Convictions
As the Cosby news jolted the national conversation about the criminal justice system, the reaction among those who track and study wrongful convictions ranged from celebration to disgustBy Janell Ross July 7, 2021
Derek Chauvin Was Sentenced to 22.5 Years, But a Problem Remains
The sentence does little to address a system that isn't set up to respond effectively to policing problemsBy Janell Ross June 25, 2021
Juneteenth Honors Black Americans Who Created Their Freedom
If you ask Black people, Juneteenth marks the day Black Americans created their own freedomBy Janell Ross June 16, 2021
A Year After America’s Racial Reckoning, Little Has Changed
Janell Ross reflects on what has changed—and what hasn’t—one year after America’s so-called racial reckoningBy Janell Ross May 13, 2021
Inside Ben Crump's Quest to Help David Beat Goliath
Ben Crump negotiated a record $27 million settlement from Minneapolis for the family of George Floyd, the latest in a string of civil court victoriesBy Janell Ross/Minneapolis May 4, 2021
The George Floyd Verdict Echoes Through Black America
There are sounds that humans make with intention. Then there are the wordless sounds we make when our emotions take over—the sounds that, in their texture and tone, speak even more clearly. Guilty, Hennepin County...By Janell Ross/Minneapolis April 22, 2021
Minneapolis Braced for the Chauvin Verdict. Tension Remains
If a city had a pulse, Minneapolis’ collective heart would have been racingBy Janell Ross/Minneapolis April 20, 2021
After the Derek Chauvin Trial, Can George Floyd Square Last?
Minneapolis officials have said they'll reopen the intersection when the trial ends. Activists hope its legacy will endureBy Janell Ross/Minneapolis April 16, 2021
Amid Chauvin Trial, Minnesota Grapples With Another Police Killing
As the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, entered its eleventh day on Monday, another police killing of a Black man in Minnesota has...By Janell Ross / Brooklyn Center, Minn. April 12, 2021
Derek Chauvin Goes on Trial in George Floyd Death
In opening statements, the prosecution and defense offered starkly different views of the encounter that led to George Floyd's deathBy Janell Ross/Minneapolis March 29, 2021
Anger and 'This Constant Fear' for Asians in Atlanta
For Asians in Atlanta, the shootings bring up long-hidden accounts of anti-Asian behaviorBy Janell Ross/Atlanta March 19, 2021
Chauvin Trial 'Like a Nightmare Being Replayed'
As Derek Chauvin goes on trial, the family of another Black man in Minneapolis who died after a police chokehold hopes for justiceBy Janell Ross March 18, 2021
CNN's Don Lemon Talks About White Supremacy and James Baldwin
Don Lemon, host of CNN’s Tonight with Don Lemon, has become a familiar voice of the day’s news. In his new book, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism, Lemon...By Janell Ross March 15, 2021
How White People Got COVID-19 Vaccines Meant for Others
Texas threatened to slash Dallas County's vaccine doses if it prioritized vaccines for the mostly Black and Latino people in medically vulnerable zip codesBy Janell Ross/Dallas March 2, 2021
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