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“Fire in Little Africa,” a Rap Album About a Historical Tragedy


The Tulsa massacre of 1921 was perhaps the single worst act of racial violence in the terrible history of Jim Crow. But, for generations, few people—even in Tulsa—knew about it. Now the rap community of Tulsa is coming together to change that, with the new record “Fire in Little Africa.” Plus, four staff writers on President Biden’s Rooseveltian agenda. Biden wants to end the near-consensus in Washington that big government is bad. But are his ambitions grand enough to withstand the realities of American politics?

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“Fire in Little Africa,” A Rap Album about a Historical Tragedy

The rapper Steph Simon wants to put Tulsa on the map as a rap city—no small feat. To do it, he has to tackle a historical tragedy of epic proportions: the massacre of 1921.


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