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.
At the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, Black riders and fans bring a sense of swaggering cool to a culture overlooked by the history books.
These stories have a remarkable richness — not in spite of the pandemic, but because of it.
Farewell (for now) to dark rooms, flashing lights, sweaty bodies, and escapism.