Zak Cheney Rice
Zak Cheney Rice

Zak is a Senior Staff Writer at Mic.

Sept. 13, 2017

The Jemele Hill controversy is what happens when bigotry becomes partisan politics

Bigotry and conservative politics have become so entwined that it's hard to denounce one without implicating the other.

Sept. 9, 2017

Mike Hanlon, the black kid in Stephen King’s ‘It,’ has a remarkable backstory. The movie erased it.

The racial history behind the story's black character is one of the most interesting subplots in modern horror.
Sept. 5, 2017

Donald Trump doesn’t believe in “good” undocumented immigrants

The Trump administration's decision to end DACA shows how merciless Trump's immigration policy truly is.
Aug. 29, 2017

Ed Skrein’s decision to leave ‘Hellboy’ shows that equality in Hollywood requires sacrifice

Skrein, who is white, walked away from 'Hellboy' after being cast in a role that was originally conceived as a Japanese-American.
Aug. 22, 2017

Colin Kaepernick still has no job — but the NFL can’t escape his influence

If NFL teams thought they could escape Kaepernick's politics by not giving him a job, here's some news: They're wrong.
Aug. 18, 2017

Regretful Trump supporters won’t save you

Trump voter Julius Krein's mea culpa in the 'New York Times' should not make you feel better about "the resistance."

Aug. 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s idea about tearing down statues of George Washington isn’t that ridiculous

Trump's off-handed comment revealed a moral inconsistency in the debate around tearing down monuments.
Aug. 15, 2017

It’s not enough to be disgusted by Charlottesville

Confronting white supremacists when they're wearing white sheets and swastikas is a start. Now, the real work begins.
Aug. 13, 2017

Donald Trump’s silence on white supremacist terror isn’t an anomaly — it’s a tradition

Trump’s failure to name white supremacy is an example of why white supremacy has thrived as long as it has.
Aug. 9, 2017

Black activists’ words echo from the past as Trump threatens nuclear war with North Korea

Black civil rights activism and the anti-nuclear movement are more entwined than most Americans realize.
Aug. 2, 2017

What this ‘New York Times’ op-ed gets wrong about Assata Shakur

Here's what Bari Weiss' 'New York Times' op-ed about progressive feminists' embracing Assata Shakur is missing.

Aug. 2, 2017

‘Detroit’ is a horror movie

Kathryn Bigelow's new film is not an ensemble drama about black history. It's a horror film in the tradition of 'Hostel' and 'Saw.'
July 27, 2017

HBO doesn’t need ‘Confederate.’ ‘Kindred’ already exists.

Octavia Butler's masterwork is the gold standard for speculative fiction about slavery — and it would make a brilliant HBO series.
July 24, 2017
July 24, 2017

‘Girls Trip’ made more money in one weekend in the US than ‘Rough Night’ did in a month

'Girls Trip' and 'Rough Night' have roughly the same plot, but one features a black cast while the other is white.
July 21, 2017

Lawyer says Justine Damond is “most innocent” police shooting victim he’s ever seen

Observers were quick to point out that several black children have been killed by police.

July 20, 2017

People are sharing this video of John McCain defending Obama against scared white people in 2008

The video is meant to celebrate McCain's decency. But what really happened is more troubling.
July 19, 2017

Cults have a long history of exploiting black women

Black women have been exploited by cultic relationships for years. But this fact is often overlooked.
July 17, 2017

George Romero, godfather of zombie cinema, was also a pioneer for racial horror films like ‘Get Out’

Here's one overlooked aspect of the revered filmmaker's legacy.
June 30, 2017

Trump vowed to "send in the feds" to fight Chicago gun violence. Now it's happening.

“It’s a more concerted effort," said ATF Chicago spokesman Dave Coulson.