The Cleanest Line
Prince Shakur

Prince Shakur

Prince Shakur is a queer, Jamaican American writer, activist, and traveler. His writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, AfroPunk, Vice, The Appeal and Commune Magazine. He’s at work on a book about the impacts of immigration policy and mass incarceration on his family.


Boats going through an algae bloom contamination on Lake Erie, Ohio. After the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, Lake Erie’s yearly toxic algae problem subsided. In recent years, due to the effects of climate change and increased human activity, algae bloom contamination has intensified. Even tighter protection within the Clean Water Act is needed to limit the sources of pollution that lead to this type of contamination. Photo: Peter Essick / Aurora Photos / Alamy

Why the Clean Water Act Means So Much

Jan 16, 2020 January 16, 2020

My family arrived in Ohio from Jamaica in the mid-1970s, during a time of environmental turmoil. The previous decade had brought to light significant issues around the treatment of land and water in the United States. The Cuyahoga River, which flows into Lake Erie, caught fire in 1969 due to… Read More