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Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

Sonny Singh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sonny Singh

Our knee-jerk reaction to this horrific incident of racial profiling and racist violence are indicative of how this country remains stuck in an outdated, black-white racial paradigm.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

The New American Way

Evan Handler | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Evan Handler

What do I think about Trayvon Martin's death? I think the people who passed the laws, as they stand in Florida, made his death inevitable. If not his, certainly someone else's.

Washington Watch: Week 24 -- "After Trayvon Does it Matter?"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

Following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, and recent news concerning the status of people of color in the country (particularly Africa...

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 15, 2013 edition.) Government agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rou...

The Fear of More George Zimmermans

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

It's the fear that a teenager with his whole life ahead of him, doing nothing but being who he was, walking at night in the rain to be with his family that seared a hole in so many of our hearts.

No Justice, No Peace

Charles Howard | Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion
Charles Howard

So now that we see that there is neither justice nor peace, what is next? We must work for both: To fix a broken justice system and a to fix the broken peace within our hearts and within our communities.

Moving Beyond Dirty Coal

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.11.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Climate change is more than an environmental issue. It is important to remember who is most affected by climate change, and specifically by coal pollution: low-income communities and communities of color.

Renting and Saving for Your Financial Future

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

If we are to create a racially inclusive and prosperous 21st century economy, we need to develop asset-building opportunities that benefit all Americans, not just the wealthiest homeowners.

Unhappy Campers: Ethnicity and the Standard of Beauty

Stephen Palacios | Posted 07.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

Sitting in a New Delhi restaurant a few years ago, our Indian tour guide told us that his daughter was living in New York, which is where we live. He ...

WATCH: Was 'The Cosby Show' Realistic About Race?

OWN | Posted 07.10.2013 | OWN

For eight seasons, actress Phylicia Rashad played TV's favorite mom on "The Cosby Show." As Clair Huxtable, Rashad portrayed a strong, confident lawye...

Why So Many People Believe Blacks Are America's Racists

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The far more insidious thing than accusing blacks of being America's top bigots is that it makes it much easier to ignore or outright assail laws, statutes, policies and initiatives that were hard fought over to put on the books to protect rights and eliminate discrimination.

America Owes African-Americans More

Chris Williams | Posted 09.02.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

Last week, the Supreme Court participated in one of the most egregious forms of judicial activism in our country's history by striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

How Not to Be Racist

Floyd Elliot | Posted 08.31.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Anyone who says, "Now, I'm not a racist, but... " is a ginormous racist-y racist and is about to say something horrendously racist. Another thing: accidental racist, you say? I call bulls***.

What Mandela and Obama Really Represent

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Like Mandela, Obama has blazed a trail for everyone, not just for African-Americans, and shown us what is possible when our better natures prevail. Whether you agree with his politics or not, he is the personification of the American dream and should be a cause for national pride, not derision.

Artist Fuel (The Powerhouse of New York City)

Collette Brown | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Collette Brown

When people look back on this imploding city, what title will they give us? Will we be documented as a purely economic driven society, lead by trends and social status, or is it possible to give a voice to the true powerhouse of this city, the artist?

Music Legands Natalie Cole and Smokey Robinson to Perform at Martha's Vineyard Music Festival Benefiting Kidney Disease Research

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Martha's Vineyard will be abuzz from Thursday August 22nd to Sunday August 25th, when On The Vine launches its inaugural four-day music and entertainment festival benefiting kidney disease research.

Touching Our Netroots: African-Americans Create Place and Space at Annual Progressive Conference

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Progressivism at all times should be about ideas, coalition building and if nothing else, respect. It is important we move forward, yet, never mistake mere action for progress.

WATCH: Actresses Tackle The Light Skin Vs. Dark Skin Debate

OWN | Posted 06.26.2013 | OWN

In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is ...

Obama's Climate Plan Must Build for Tomorrow, Address the Needs of Vulnerable Communities Today

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Black Voices
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Simultaneously, an effective climate plan must also include measures that will protect Americans who are most vulnerable right now. While the pollution that causes climate change threatens all of us, low-income communities and people of color are hit first and worst.

Forgotten Heroes

Gregory Allen Howard | Posted 08.25.2013 | Sports
Gregory Allen Howard

As we enter the 50-year anniversary of all things civil rights: the Civil Rights Bill, the Freedom Rides, and Freedom Summer, where is the tribute for Tommie and John?

We Love Festival Season

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- African-American style and identity, endangered languages and Hungarian culture get the spotlight treatment at this year's Smithsonian F...

WATCH: What Never To Say To A Dark-Skinned Girl

OWN | Posted 08.24.2013 | OWN

The worst part: it was her mother who said it

Job Hunting With a Criminal Record

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

It's hard enough finding a job these days without having to explain a criminal record. According to a hiring discrimination study conducted by Princeton professor Devah Pager, having a criminal record may cut your chances of getting hired by half.

South Louisiana's affordable LA Swift bus, started after Katrina, might be saved

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 24, 2013 edition.) Bus service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on LA Swift--whi...