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Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Today, there are almost 8,000 farmers' markets throughout the United States. And according to the Department of Agriculture, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. These markets represent an important new source of green jobs and businesses.

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

"Tread Softly Because You Tread on My Dreams," A Story of American Greatness

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 07.07.2013 | Good News
Molly Alexander Darden

Long pause. Then Foster looked them in the eyes, her voice still strong, still perspiring, and made her last-ditch pitch. "This is the smartest thing I've ever come up with to do. It's my life; it's all that I do," she said. "Right now, I'm homeless." You could've heard a pin drop.

The Little Red Heart of Soul Track Mind

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Entertainment
James Moore

The coming together of a seven-piece soul band on an Internet ad site is not unremarkable but there is a certain level of amazement when their talent is gathered on stage. Soul Track Mind's performances are not just stylish trumpet or sax solos and blurry guitar riffs; they are a cultural exclamation point about American music.

The American Dream Runs Amok in Aris Janigian's This Angelic Land

Christopher Atamian | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Christopher Atamian

Janigian's perceptive and sometimes gripping novel brings together some of LA's many tribes -- African-American, WASP, Korean, Armenian, Jewish -- into an emotional and intellectual conflagration that mirrors the burning and looting that the city suffered.

"42" Review: Jackie Robinson's Story Hits Home

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Pendarvis Harshaw You know the story of Jackie Robinson--the first African American Major League ballplayer? He did it for the money. Branch Rickey...

April 4, 1968: Honoring the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr., 45 Years Later

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Binta Niambi Brown

To ensure the vitality of our nation, it's continued progress, to more fundamentally remember who we are and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who died fighting for us, we must remember....we all have a role to play.

RNC PR BS

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.

Uprooting Racism in the Food System: African Americans Organize

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Beverly Bell

A shovel overturned can flip so much more than soil, worms, and weeds. Structural racism -- the ways in which social systems and institutions promote and perpetuate the oppression of people of color -- manifests at all points in the food system.

The Boy Scouts of America: Another Closed Door for Black GBTQ Youth

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The Boy Scouts of America's position on GBTQ scouts is unquestionably discriminatory, and its hesitancy to swiftly remove its ban dishonors the organization's goal and philosophy

Are African Americans Changing Their Mind About Gay Marriage?

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Last month, Jet -- a magazine marketed to African-American population -- featured their first gay male couple in their wedding announcements. The announcement may be a sign that African-American attitudes towards gay marriage may be turning around.

Master of the Sound Bite: Martin Luther King Jr.

David Aronchick | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
David Aronchick

Rarely do inspirational sound bites, like the ones spoken by Dr. King, make headlines anymore, which is a shame. Our world is in need of another Dr. King, of someone who can shift the world in its balance over the course of a single speech.

Dear Black Romcoms, Where'd You Go?

Chevonne Harris | Posted 03.05.2013 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Oh how I miss those days. The days when finding a culturally relevant movie somewhat reflective of my everyday life and with a decent soundtrack didn't require flipping through the "African-American" or "Urban" film categories on my Netflix.

Lincoln, Meet Django: Slavery's Latest Films Are Controversial, But Not Why You Think

Rodney Barnes | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Rodney Barnes

The film is a well-acted, directed and a cinematic and aural feast, yet Tarantino's Django remains hotly debated among black intellectuals. And when it comes to why this is such a lightning rod, I have a theory.

Keegan-Michael Key Talks Key & Peele Season 3 and Bringing Sketch Comedy to YouTube

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.28.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

To celebrate the recent news that his hilarious sketch series Key and Peele has been renewed for a third season, co-creator/star Keegan-Michael Key joins What's Trending to talk about how the show got started, getting to meet President Obama and bringing sketch comedy to YouTube.

The Great Blackout on Bravo's Housewives of Beverly Hills: Celebs Speak Out

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Tanya Young Williams

There are no African-American women on the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or The Real Housewives of New York and I wanted to know why. Rich is rich no matter what color. So I looked into it.

Public Diplomacy and the Flight to the Academy

John Brown | Posted 01.05.2013 | World
John Brown

Today, American public diplomacy, once implemented by an independent and very imperfect agency, is hidden away at the regulations-driven State Department, some would say like a coffin at a funeral home, despite the good intentions of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Reflecting On Affirmative Action And Academic Mismatch

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Youth Radio Supreme Court justices heard arguments yesterday in a case on affirmative action -- a case that may upset the 2003 ruling of Grutter ...

Impulsive Behavior At The Root Of Youth Gun Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Chicago just hit its 400th murder of 2012, according to the New York Times. The University of Chicago Crime Lab reports that more black...

One Man's Education

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: DENISE TEJADA/Youth Radio By: Carlyn Bynes Young. Black. Poor. From Oakland. If someone heard that description, they probably wouldn'...

Tale of Two Conventions: Why Charlotte Wins Over White Tampa

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The Democratic Party continues to be the party of hope and change, but not in the way you think. People are hopeful because this party represents the changing face of America. We are a different people now than we were in the 1800s, or even the 1900s, and we require a party that gets that, that reflects that.

Spa-ing 411 For Brown Skin Facials

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 11.05.2012 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

The need for ethnic skin care education was critical to creating new streams of revenue for the spa industry and necessary for maintaining relevance in a fast moving global industry

Yes, Mitt Romney, You Built That!

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 11.04.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

The GOP is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It is now the Party of Mitt, one willing to play to the fears and prejudices of the masses, instead of the hopes and aspirations that have kept this country going. Of course, he believes it's the only path to victory.

Mapping The War On The Right To Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's a sin and a shame that in 2012 we are still fighting the same battles for voting rights that have been going on since the nation was founded and facing some of the same Jim Crow-era voter suppression tactics we hoped were dead and buried after the Civil Rights Movement.

PHOTOS: 19th Century Letters Depict African-American's Lives

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.03.2012 | Black Voices

Life for an African-American southerner was a mixed bag of "troubles" and personal success circa 1841, experiences revealed in a series of 27 handwrit...