Kendrick Lamar's new album reminds us that even prophets are fallible

The uncomfortable truth isn't delivered on the new album through the moralistic grandstanding we might expect from someone assuming the mantle of prophet. Instead, the rapper's truth-telling comes via vulnerable — albeit sometimes problematic — storytelling.

Why Black artists are essential freedom fighters

Black artists have long shouldered the prophetic burden to tell the truth about a society that refuses to confess its sins against Black bodies.