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Should There Be a Black History Month?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah J. Levine

The debate over Black History Month is not new, but it intensified when this year's Oscar nominees were all Caucasian. For the second year in a row, the Oscars earned the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

Should One of the Four New Chemical Elements Be Named "africanium"?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Peter Reynosa

Artwork by Peter Reynosa At the very end of last year, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that four new chemi...

Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost the Same Amount of Prison Lobbyist Donations

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One little-known fact this year is that Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have benefited from prison lobbyist money. In fact, they've taken almost the same amount of contributions from major prison lobbyists. Clinton's campaign has received $133,246 while Rubio's campaign accepted $133,450 from the prison lobby.

Remembering Maurice White the Historian

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

In paying tribute to Maurice White most people will think of White the musician, but I also want to bring attention to White the historian who was attempting to show African Americans that we are a people with a rich history.

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

Anguish Over Loss of Prize-Winning Reporter and Black Journalism Leader | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists and winner of the group's national Emerging Journalist of the Year Award in 2010, died January 31st at the age of 32, bringing heartache to the journalism community.

Sanders Campaign Is A Genuine Progressive Social Movement For Democracy

Danny Glover | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Danny Glover

Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers thought was impossible. This campaign is a rare, perhaps unprecedented event in this country's modern electoral history. It deserves the support of everyone who favors social and economic justice.

Black History Is American History

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am privileged to represent a congressional district that has been historically recognized as the epicenter of Black culture and politics. Our legendary neighborhood gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance, which has forever transformed the American fabric. We are fortunate to have dedicated people and organizations promoting our legacy.

Hillary Can Make a Difference for Women Everywhere That Bernie Can't

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Bernie knows his promises of free college and single-payer healthcare, which he says can only happen if you join his revolution, won't happen. Maybe it's time you voted for your own interests as a woman.

Bernie Sanders Should Be The Clear Choice For Black People. Here's Why

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Larry Harris Jr.

To me, the choice is clear. And the difference now between Hillary and Bernie's African American support is largely driven by a lack of information. Black people need to know more about Bernie and more about the Clintons' record.

Dear America: Stop Feeling Awkward About Black History Month

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Gloria Atanmo

Stop feeling awkward about Black History Month if you're not black, and take a moment to understand why this dialogue that's been surpressed for years, should be one we can all comfortably have today.

A Mother's Plea: Let's Start a Movement and Take 'Snitchin' Out of Our Vocabulary.

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

In the African American community, we can begin by strengthening, shielding, encouraging and honoring outspoken witnesses to crimes. This would be a major accomplishment for us.

Are Media Mergers Good for Latinos?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 01.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

A study found that the percentage of Hispanic actors onscreen increased from 6.6 percent before the merger to 7.3 percent afterward. That's good news, right? Well, even that mild improvement comes with a caveat. Basically, more shows were hiring more Hispanics to appear as servants and thugs. Yay for progress!

Mario Abraham and the History Behind Black Lives Matter

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

The Black Lives Matter movement is a relatively recent movement, but the problem that it seeks to address is one that is as old as America's history. This is something that really does not get addressed as often as it should be, which is one of the reasons why I appreciated my brief discussion with Gordon about the fate of Mario Abraham.

Just Be A Man About It

Sidney Hankerson | Posted 01.29.2016 | HuffPost Home
Sidney Hankerson

We are closing in on the January 31 deadline to enroll in health coverage in 2016. While African American men are more likely to be exposed to social conditions, such as limited finances, and other socioeconomic inequalities that contribute to health disparities, it is still vitally important that that they are insured.

Diversity Pictures Won't Fix Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Matt Kidd | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment
Matt Kidd

Films like Straight Out of Compton, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, Milk, Letters from Iwo Jima are important stories to tell and do fantastic jobs of highlighting minorities. Yet these films that focus on minorities have a tendency to ghettoize and stereotype diverse actors.

Planning a 308-Acre Park for Raleigh

J. Michael Welton | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Breathtaking seems the best adjective for the 308-acre Dix property Raleigh recently acquired from the state of North Carolina for $52 million. The only aspect more breathtaking than its size, scope and beauty is how far-reaching a challenge this rolling, wooded landscape presents the city.

Helping African-Americans Get Covered This Open Enrollment

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Our humanity as a nation is stronger when all American can access the care they need. So this Open Enrollment, help us reach the many African-Americans who need the quality, affordable coverage waiting for them at the Marketplace.

'Too Hot to Handle': The Jazz-Gospel Messiah at Chicago's Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

As I entered the Auditorium I could feel excitement in the buzz around me. My seatmates commented that this was their eighth Too Hot To Handle.

We're Yosemite Ambassadors! And the Power of Love

Audrey Peterman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The night of our third wedding anniversary, Frank and I arrived in Yosemite Valley at dusk. Insouciant from our wonderful experiences driving 9,000 miles around the country thus far, we confidently expected to get a room at Yosemite Lodge.

Earvin Magic Johnson Explains Why He's Investing in Diversity

Porter Braswell | Posted 01.26.2016 | Business
Porter Braswell

When we sat down with Earvin to talk about workforce diversity, it was a real affirmation of our alignment in what we are working towards (in addition to being a bit of a "pinch-me" moment).

Why Twitter's Senior Management Shake-up Should Be a Big Win for Diversity

Will Griffin | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
Will Griffin

Because of its large and installed African-American user base and demonstrated willingness to clean house, Twitter has the greatest potential of any company in Silicon Valley to become the model of diversity and growth.

Few Roles, Few Statues: #OscarsSoWhite

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 01.26.2016 | Entertainment
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

While popular culture and social media rightly discusses and debates the absence of black nominations for the 2016 Oscars, another, largely invisible, subaltern people are routinely disparaged by the motion picture industry and exploited worldwide: Asian Americans.

Dr. King, Is this Our United States of America?

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

"If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward"--Rev. Dr. ...

Fay Wolf Declutters A-List Celebs and Represents the B in LGBTQ - Her Book is Out!

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.22.2016 | Books
Ilana Rapp

Fay Wolf's book NEW ORDER: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (And Everyone Else) is a read to be considered. Fay's Twitter, Fay's Instagram ...