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Tavis Smiley


A Sobering Look at "The New Face of Hunger"

Tavis Smiley | July 29, 2014 | Impact
"To witness hunger in America today," journalist Tracie McMillan writes in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, "is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment."
Susan Henking


Declining Diversity in Higher Education

Susan Henking | July 29, 2014 | Education
The landscape of higher education today seems pretty homogenous. This strikes me as not merely a complaint of the geezer in me but a loss of something distinctive about American higher education.
Arianna Huffington


This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time -- not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country's history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults. So as we move toward legalization, let's put the science front and center.
David A. Love


California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | July 29, 2014 | Crime
Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.


50 Smart Money Tips for Living Your Best Financial Life

LearnVest | July 29, 2014 | Money
We've decided that there is no better time than now to round up our 50 top money tips into one juicy, super-helpful read. From the best ways to budget to how to boost your earning potential like a pro, these nuggets of financial wisdom are as fresh as the day they were published.
Nasir Fleming


You Decide What Beauty Is: Pushing Past Media-Driven Aesthetics

Nasir Fleming | July 29, 2014 | Teen
The media is slowly changing and now many unconventional beauties and ways of life are being recognized: non-skinny body shapes, curly and dark hair, bronze/darker skin tones, assertive women, non-aggressive men and many others.
J Mase III


To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant: Lourdes Ashley Hunter

J Mase III | July 29, 2014 | Black Voices
Lourdes is a self-described black, trans revolutionary, academic and orator residing in Brooklyn. As co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), she is leading a transformative movement that uplifts the narratives and leadership of trans people of color.
Elizabeth Ann Thompson


10 Things you Should Know About the 39th Annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | July 29, 2014 | Black Voices
The 39th Annual NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Convention and Career Fair will be held in Boston from July 30th through August 3rd
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore


It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | July 29, 2014 | Impact
From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.
Timoria McQueen

Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Timoria McQueen | July 28, 2014 | Black Voices
The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.
Latanya Mapp Frett


The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Around the World

Latanya Mapp Frett | July 28, 2014 | Politics
President Obama can -- and must -- fix the policy of turning women away in the extreme cases of life-endangering pregnancies or those resulting from rape. Until Congress does the right thing and overturns the harmful law in its entirety, he can take a first step to ensure that U.S. programs are part of the solution, not the problem.
John Ford

Green Energy Access for All

John Ford | July 28, 2014 | Green
Policymakers across the country need to understand the regressive and unjust nature of net metering policies and take steps to fix it. Black, brown or white, we can all be better stewards of our environment but let's be sure to have equitable policies that allow all communities to benefit on the same terms.
William A. Darity Jr.


Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | July 28, 2014 | College
There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.
Billi Gordon, Ph.D.


As the Seasons Change

Billi Gordon, Ph.D. | July 29, 2014 | Fifty
Infallible youth and the power of "bar cute" have evolved into vulnerability, conditional surrender, and the wisdom of age. Nothing compares with the vibrant visual symphony of the colorful leaves of fall. The summer sun is exquisite, but equally magical is winter's first snow.

Retirement Planning 101: How to Save for the Future | July 28, 2014 | Money
No matter how well you're managing your money now, you need to also be thinking about retirement. (Yes, even if you're only 25 or 30.) The good news is it's never too early to start planning for your retirement. It's also never too late, if you've been slacking up to this point.
Olivia Cole

Lucy: Why I'm Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen

Olivia Cole | July 28, 2014 | Entertainment
I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don't love what it is. I can't accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.
Nadia Dawisha

Misee Harris: Why a Black Bachelorette May Matter More Than You Think

Nadia Dawisha | July 28, 2014 | Entertainment
Pop culture visibility matters, and Misee Harris deserves to be part of it.
Laura W. Murphy


The Civil Rights Fight of the Information Age

Laura W. Murphy | July 28, 2014 | Politics
Very soon the Federal Communications Commission will either empower minority voices on the Internet and help close the digital divide, or it will make it easier for communications giants to silence and exclude those communities from the free or low-priced content now on the web.
Cierra Lockett


Policing Beauty: When Booty Is a Crime

Cierra Lockett | July 28, 2014 | Black Voices
We now live in a time in which Beyonce has made "bootylicious" a compliment, Jennifer Lopez is twerking, Meghan Trainor claims to be "bringing booty back," and Kim Kardashian is called hot for her selfies. However, the entertainment industry is still struggling to accept women's beauty in different sizes.
Rev. Al Sharpton


The 2014 Midterms Just Might Be More Important Than the 2016 Presidential Election

Rev. Al Sharpton | July 28, 2014 | Politics
The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.
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