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On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.

Baltimore Is Burning

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

Rioting is irrational. But so is our continuing claim to democracy, due process, and justice. We have no credibility with these kids.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

David Lohr

The Racist Police E-Mails You Didn't Read

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime

The release of racist and offensive emails by city officials in Ferguson, Missouri, touched off a firestorm of criticism across the country this week,...

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

Mississippi Town Erects Emmett Till Museum 60 Years After His Killing

Reuters | Bryn Stole | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were ac...

To The Lady Who Called My Toddler A Thug

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I was running errands with my youngest two children in tow when an acquaintance of ours spotted us and came over to say hello. She looked at my son, marveling over how much he had grown. "Yes," I smiled, "He's a big boy!" She replied, "Such a cute little thug." My son is 2 years old.

Police Chief On Fatal Shooting Of Tony Robinson: 'Folks Are Angry...I Get That'

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin's capital city was praying with th...

Is African Soccer the NBA's New Breeding Ground?

Ange Kagame | Posted 03.04.2015 | Sports
Ange Kagame

If legends such as Hakeem Olajuwon can become one of the world's best NBA Players, and Luol Deng an all-star, then imagine the potential that would exist if basketball was just as much a part of African culture as soccer is.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

Darren Wilson Unlikely To Face Criminal Charges

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city'...

Call It Western Supremacy

David Moore | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Moore

We are historically and pathologically obligated to replay the dramas of the Spartans and Greeks against the "other." Feeling superior, we are free to disrespect their ways to sustain our own.

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

The Forgotten Muslims Of Early America

The New York Times | PETER MANSEAU | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

It was not the imam’s first time at the rodeo. Scheduled to deliver an invocation at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo last week, Moujahed Bakh...

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 03.28.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 5

Dave Kreissman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

If you've been following my historical view of Muhammad Ali, you've learned about his rise to prominence, his religious and political awakening and his repudiation by the boxing establishment and mainstream American culture.

Young People Must Know Their Own History

Martin J. Blank | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Do our young people know about our own nation's history, particularly how our society has responded to marginalized groups? This question has been coming up consistently for me in recent months.

The Spirit of Selma: Nine Students Arrested in Georgia for Protesting Discriminatory Education Policies

Stephen Pitti | Posted 03.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Pitti

As the film Selma screens nationwide to critical acclaim, police from Clarke County arrested nine students on Friday evening in Athens, Georgia, for organizing the first "integrated classroom" for both undocumented and documented youth at the University of Georgia.

21st Century Black Giving: 10 High Impact Principles for a New Year

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

A New Year has begun. But Black Philanthropy Month continues with #BPM365--a call to remember, mobilize and celebrate our giving and self-help traditions.

The Future Will Require Learning How to Exist in a Multicultural Society

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Many are calling for community policing. But community policing without a clear focus on crime risk factors does not have an effect on crime.

Much of Society's Unrest Caused By Barrage of Negative Stereotypes in Films

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.27.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

To have more positive outcomes, we need to have a balance of positive images. We all say we want positive images, but what is positive, to whom and for what purpose?