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Contributor Chenjerai Kumanyika visits Bonita and Jay Wise, an African-American mom and son grappling with the power of clothes to protect him from racial profiling. At first, the mom seems like a classic respectability politics advocate – someone who believes that if her son just dresses properly (i.e. no sagging pants) then he'll be safe.


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Invisibilia producer Yowei Shaw talks to a guy named Cass Frankenstein, who is horrendously bullied as a kid and tries all sorts of things to get it to stop. Nothing works, until he shows up at school with new prescription sunglasses, which magically end the harassment! The sunglasses work so well... that Cass never stops wearing them. He's 48 now and he wears sunglasses pretty much all the time – whether he's indoors or outdoors, whether it's daytime or night-time, on dates or at work.

Editor's note: This story is part of the latest episode of NPR's show and podcast Invisibilia, exploring the power of clothes.

Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech that lays out America's struggles with crime, terrorism and immigration and how he plans to address them.

NPR's politics team has annotated Trump's speech below. Portions we commented on are highlighted, followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics.

Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much.

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

In an apparent first, a Republican convention speaker on Thursday took the stage during the final, most high-profile night, just minutes before the nominee himself, and uttered these words: "I am proud to be gay."

With two outsize white bows in her hair, 6-year-old Heavenly Joy brought the house down at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Thursday night. She sang two songs to open the night — "Let There Be Peace On Earth" and "America the Beautiful."

Watch it here via C-SPAN.

Painting a grim picture of America, Donald Trump promised to protect the country and restore "law and order" by putting "America First" in his address Thursday evening formally accepting the GOP nomination for president.