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Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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.

Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Keith Rushing | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.

Focus Movie Review

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.

Call It Western Supremacy

David Moore | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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.

Freedom at Last From Discriminatory Lending: A Fairer Future With Technology

Jason van den Brand | Posted 02.26.2015 | Money
Jason van den Brand

Changing the way one applies for a loan doesn't simply mean stating for 28 pages that a borrower will not be discriminated against, or that we should depend solely on federal and state regulations to curb financial intuitions' racist lending practices.

Why America Needs Black History Month

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices
Aryanna Prasad

if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.

Black History Month Ends On A Frustrating, Yet Positive Note

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.

E! Fashion Police Masks Racist Speech Towards Zendaya As Comedy

Ama Yawson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.

Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green
Adrianna Quintero

A clean and healthy environment is not a luxury but a right and our moral obligation to fulfill for our children. Children of all colors need a safe and healthy world in which to "live, work and play."

President Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Kamala Harris, and the New World Order of Race in America

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

It is foolhardy to reduce a complex human being to something as simplistic as race. Every child knows that one should not judge a book by its cover. Racial categories inevitably evaluate people based upon outward appearances.

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.19.2015 | 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.

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

Not only are African Americans more likely to believe in the power of dreams but according to dream research and author Tony Shafton, more than 90 percent of African Americans surveyed believed that dreams had the ability to predict the future.

Advancing the 'Weird Brown Girl Movement'

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

An African City is creator Nicole Amarteifio's web series chronicling the lives of five young Ghanaian women. In the comments on YouTube, someone asks, "Why are they acting like white girls?" Filmmaker, and one of the stars of An African City, Nana Mensah has never known how to answer that question.

Dana Liebelson

Dozens of African-American Cops In Tennessee Face Demotions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of African-American police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, are facing demotions to the positions they held over a decade ago in r...

Are You Afraid of Detroit?

Kerri Allen | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel
Kerri Allen

The media hasn't been too kind to the Motor City, so most people who haven't visited seem to assume it's a wasteland of abandoned buildings and zombie workers from old car factories.

The Digital Marketing Revolution's Multicultural Core

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 02.18.2015 | Technology
Cesar M. Melgoza

For today's digital marketers, I ask a simple question: "Are multicultural audiences a key component of your digital strategy?" If you don't know the answer, then a huge business opportunity is probably passing you by.

Great Migration Shortened Lives Of Blacks Who Fled Jim Crow South

NBC News | Errin Whack | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

The move North for millions of African-Americans during the Great Migration brought greater economic and educational opportunities — but also new st...

Fifty Years After Medicare Desegregated Hospitals, Blacks Still Fighting for Health Care Access

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

The ability to access quality health care services for the majority of the black population has been largely due to federal government policies and initiatives designed to address long-standing, systemic barriers to medical care for African Americans.

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

Once White in America

Jane Lazarre | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Jane Lazarre

Am I black in a cop's hands when he is pushing, pressing hard for dope or a gun or a rope or a knife or a fist? I am not a black body, yet my body is somehow, somewhere, theirs -- Trayvon's, Emmett's, thousands more at the end of a rope's tight murderous swing.

Little Women, Big Risks

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | Science
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

We have to let our girls have their girlhood and not be pushed into premature womanhood. It's not healthy for them as children and continues to affect them as adults.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane, bloodsucking art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic -- prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.

Why Won't My Family and Friends Do More to Help My Business?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

So often this is the question I get from so many business owners I speak to. They say they expect so much more is from the people that are closer to them.

An Illustrative Identity of Fashion and Style Throughout African-American History and Movements

Danielle James | Posted 02.10.2015 | Style
Danielle James

Fashion, throughout history, has created an illustrative identity within African-American history. Fashion is a statement and speaks volumes with little to no words.