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African American Issues

'Womanist': Saying Who We Are

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated.

Huck Finn's N-Word: Preserving Artistic Integrity or Ethnic Property Rights?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

As Americans we have a hard time talking about race in this country when the n-word is not involved. And when this epithet is, predictably, we behave schizophrenically.

Should Kwanzaa Stay in Black Neighborhoods?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

If Kwanzaa goes corporate, can it still maintain its unique character and not lose its soul? Overwhelmingly, most African Americans say no.

Turning Off The Daily Show

Esther Iverem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Esther Iverem

Recently I decided -- for probably the third or fourth time -- to stop watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central cable channel. B...

AIDS still thought of as a gay disease in black America

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Irene Monroe

To date, more than 230, 000 African Americans have died of AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 22 African Americans will be...

Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This weekend is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and many of us will be memorializing transgender Americans murdered because of their gender identities or gender expressions.

Somebody, Anybody but Tyler Perry Sing a Black Girl's Song

Bassey Ikpi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bassey Ikpi

Tyler Perry never gives his audience a chance to "get" the message. He wants to deliver it, wrapped in a cannon ball and shot across the room, but the poems in For Colored Girls need to breathe on their own.

Re-Introducing Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women of African Descent

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

a groundbreaking study in July came out titled "Black Lesbians Matter" examining the unique experiences, perspectives, and priorities of the Black LBT community, and sadly little is known about it.

Rapper T.I. Gets 11 Months in Jail -- Hallelujah

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

When Lindsay and Paris are brought up on federal weapons charges as opposed to possession of a controlled substance, then and only then should we begin asking the question whether justice was unfairly served. 

The messology of Bishop Eddie Long

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your ...

Is President Obama in Danger of Losing the Black Vote?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The fact that Valma Hart in a crucial public forum on national TV had the audacity to confront the President with a perfectly legitimate concern speaks volumes about the level of unrest among some core Obama supporters.

African-American Voter Turnout in 2010 May Hinge on the President Who Happens to be Black

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

An African-American friend told me that "Obama is not the African-American President. He's a black man who happens to be the President." Will that no...

Why Johnny can't think critically

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

School is now back in session, and our children's minds are impressionable vessels. We trust their teachers to take precious care of them. But can we...

Hip-Hop's Queen Latifah Is Outed

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

Some argue that hip-hop forced Queen Latifah to be closeted. Others argue she had enough clout and crossover appeal to not worry about it. But Queen Latifah, no doubt, did worry about it.

Can Blacks Rid Themselves of the Use of the N-Word?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Whether used as an expletive or term of endearment, what is it about this word that captures the rage and shame of the American public?

"Essence" magazine's true color

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

There has been a color change at "Essence." After forty years of having sisters from the African Diaspora as its fashion director, the new one is whit...

Another Example of the Black-White Divide in Our Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Donnie McClurkin is a classic example why homophobia is an ongoing problem in the African American community, and it must be challenged at every opportunity.

What Happened to the Black Literary Canon?

Pascal Robert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Pascal Robert

How can we expect the young bright minds in the black community offers to combat these ever increasing racial realities if the intellectual arsenal of books and authors that were once heralded as crucial to ones personal edification become relics?

What Can Stop Chicago Violence?

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

In Chicago's toughest neighborhoods, some black men find themselves more likely to be picked up by an ambulance than a cab.

African-American hypocrisy, silence hurting African gays and lesbians

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alvin McEwen

Harry Jackson is probably the most prominent black pastor in religious right circles. He is a favorite due to not only his futile struggle to get a vo...

Bring the Power Back to the People

Danny Bakewell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Bakewell

Rather than the FCC acting unilaterally, Congressional action on broadband is the only true way to bring the power back to the people.

Theory of Blacks' Intellectual Inferiority Rears Ugly Head at Harvard

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

Debates about genetic inferiority are not new. But it's surprising to find them at an institution of learning like Harvard.

Does the Black Church Support Immigration Reform? A conversation with Bishop Vashti McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

For several months I've been in conversations with organizations working to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. All of these organizations ...

A Moment in Time: Education for Southern Blacks, 1940

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

One Tenth of Our Nation was a documentary film about the state of Negro education in the South. to today's audiences the film stands as a clear reminder of how very shamefully African-Americans have been treated.

Honoring Notorious Gladys Bentley

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Irene Monroe

In celebrating Black History Month, I want to personally celebrate the courage and strength of sistah-warrior Gladys Bentley (1907-1960). Bentley, a ...