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Ed Koch: A Inspiration For Black-Jewish Relations

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Even as he became a Jewish icon, Koch never forgot that he was mayor of all New Yorkers, striving to expand access to affordable housing and jobs for African-Americans and other minorities.

On Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday, Recalling a Rebellious Life Before and After the Montgomery Bus

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.06.2013 | Women
Democracy Now!

Born on Feb. 4, 1913, today would have been Rosa Parks' 100th birthday. On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a c...

Race and Obama's Second Term -- Part I

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

One of the most common questions I get is, "Why do you keep talking about race?" I'd say a better question is, "Why does America try so hard not to talk about race?" Discrimination didn't disappear when civil rights laws were passed, and its lingering effects remain a major factor in America.

Afro-Latinos and Black History Month

Anthony Otero | Posted 04.03.2013 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

February is called Black History month and, as Latinos, we need to understand our part in this celebration outside of the learning component. Latinos have a long history of African heritage within their linage that is not brought to light enough.

Reflecting on Martin Luther King's Words at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles in 1960

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices
Peter Samuelson

In Dr. King's speech at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, he seamlessly and completely places the U.S. civil rights struggle in the context of emancipation, liberation, justice and self-determination for all the colonial peoples in the world.

Re-election & Resilience: Why President Barack Obama's 2nd Inauguration Was the Most Inspiring Black Experience in Decades

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The second inauguration of President Barack Obama proved many things. For all the men who have had a misstep that they could not recover from, seeing Obama defy those obstacles yet again was a revelation in itself.

Immigration Reform Is a Civil Rights Issue

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Immigration reform is not about race or ethnicity. It is about building national unity and economic strength, the spirit of hard work, and common-sense solutions that are equal and fair for everyone no matter where they come from.

Time to Adopt Laws That Prevent Gun Violence, Like When We Adopted Laws to Prevent Racial Injustice

Caroline Brewer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Black Voices
Caroline Brewer

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, Americans understand, as King did 50 years ago when he spoke on the National Mall, that truly we are better than this. We must affirm "the sacredness of human life" and move swiftly toward the sunlight of a safer nation.

Which African-Americans Inspire You The Most?

Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty

On Martin Luther King Day, we hear a lot about Martin Luther King Jr. and other famous African-Americans such as Rosa Parks, which should be expected....

Gay Family in the House: A Letter to President Obama

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 03.22.2013 | Gay Voices
David Valdes Greenwood

I've proved and disproved a thousand stereotypes in my life so far, but only one title -- American -- has ever come close to encompassing all of my experiences. Your biography, Mr. President, leads me to believe that you know what I mean. My daughter knows, too.

Left of Black: Filmmaker Byron Hurt Discusses His New Film 'Soul Food Junkies' and 'Django Unchained'

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

With Soul Food Junkies, Hurt travels from his New Jersey home to the deep South to find out more about Soul Food and its lasting effects on Black communities.

How I Teach My Daughters To Love Their African-American Heritage

Parenting.com | Posted 03.20.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

I can't have my daughters thinking they are invisible. Or worse, that they're ignorant, loud caricatures unworthy of respect. So I make a point of encouraging my girls to own their beauty -- on the inside and out.

The Sound of Peace: Musical Reflections in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

Suna Senman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts
Suna Senman

While Ben-Ari's sound of bridge-building primarily comes through her violin, she has meaningful words to share as well -- reflecting that peace is both an inner state of being and a political expression.

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

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.

Janell Ross

The Road Forward: Black America Struggles To Get On Obama Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Less than a month after President Barack Obama won his second term, the National Urban League summoned Bernard Anderson to a meeting in ...

Beyond the N-Word: Falling Over the Cliff Debating Django

Emmett D. Carson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices
Emmett D. Carson

With all the problems facing African Americans, it is hard to believe the amount of time that is being wasted debating the merits of Quentin Tarantino's hit new "comedy," Django Unchained. What should we be talking about instead?

New Orleans Considers Removing Its Claiborne Overpass

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 17, 2012 edition.) No matter where you live in New Orleans, sooner or later you'll ...

Beware of False Slogans Such as 'Right to Work'

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

More than 50 years after Dr. King warned of being "fooled by false slogans" such as "right to work," working people are facing a string of coordinated, corporate-backed attacks. But what the wealthy special interests don't have behind them are numbers.

Are Some Dogs Racist?

Posted 01.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live on Friday hosted a discussion about how some dogs seem to show bias against people with darker skin, an idea explored in popular culture...

Why Is the Blues Called the 'Blues'?

Debra Devi | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

The blues invigorated American popular music with African musical techniques and values -- and rock and roll and jazz were born.

The Republican Party and Multicultural Voters: 3 Steps Towards Relevance

Saul Gitlin | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Saul Gitlin

So, beyond merely acknowledging such statistics and their corresponding political implications, what concrete actions should the GOP take now to begin to foster relevance with key multicultural constituencies?

African Americans Are Key To The Success Of The LGBT Movement

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

As 2012 draws to a close and I reflect on the historic year that was, one of the things that I am most proud of is the role that African Americans played in helping to bring the freedom to marry for committed and loving same-sex couples to my home state of Maryland.

Power to the People: Hair Texture and Gender Matter to TV News Audiences

Ava Thompson Greenwell | Posted 02.27.2013 | Black Voices
Ava Thompson Greenwell

If you're a female working on air in television news with naturally wavy, curly or kinky hair, most likely you wear it straightened or you wear a wig that mimics straight hair. Why? Because that's what television news bosses think viewers want to see.

'Habari Gani?': Celebrating Kwanzaa on Campus in the 21st Century

Charles Howard | Posted 02.26.2013 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

Over the course of its seven days of celebration, Kwanzaa endures the change from one calendar year to the next. Commemorating the first fruits of the harvest and pausing to reflect upon heritage, Kwanzaa teaches us about intersection of the past, the present, and the future.