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Lavanya Ramanathan is a senior editor at Vox. Previously, she was a longtime features reporter covering trends, race, youth culture, and the zeitgeist at the Washington Post; and a METPRO fellow at Newsday and the Orlando Sentinel. She is a professor of writing and reporting at George Washington University and a graduate of the University of Texas and Northwestern University.

Everything old is new again

The Kohinoor diamond isn’t on display at the coronation. Colonialism still is.

A Black rodeo rewrites the story of the West

At the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, Black riders and fans bring a sense of swaggering cool to a culture overlooked by the history books.

Why Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian music icon

How Martha’s Vineyard became a Black summertime sanctuary

Welcome to the Money Issue of The Highlight

The Highlight’s best reads of the year

These stories have a remarkable richness — not in spite of the pandemic, but because of it.

Welcome to the Museums Issue of The Highlight

Who are museums for?

Is this the end of clubs?

Farewell (for now) to dark rooms, flashing lights, sweaty bodies, and escapism.