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Voting Against Voting

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

Three months into 2013 and a total of 30 states are pushing 55 new laws to restrict voter access. These ideas range from reducing the days that polls are open for early voting to requiring specific types of identification, purging voter rolls, and eliminating Election Day registrations and some Sunday voting.

John Hunter, Creator of the World Peace Game, on Experiences and New Book

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.04.2013 | Books
Jeff Paterson

John Hunter, a teacher from Virgina, developed the World Peace Game over thirty years ago, teaching it all over the world to students as young as nine-years-old. A documentary covering the game process was made and in 2011, he gave a TED talk on his experiences, which Arianna Huffington named the top talk that year.

Are We Trying to Fill Souls With Soles?

Sabrina Lamb | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Sabrina Lamb

Money was always mysterious to me. As a child, the subject of money was only reserved for 'grown folks.' I knew that my father, a career officer in the United States Army, left home every day for some place called work. Still, I never knew how money was earned or how it affected my life.

Advancing the Dream Through Education

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

On April 4, we remember the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose leadership and valor during the Civil Rights Movement continue to inspire many Americans to fight for justice and equality.

How Do You Define Race? Lessons From HuffPost Live

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

What occurred on this panel is so typical of how most discussions on race and racism transpire. The problem with our prior approach is the assumption that we all have a universal understanding of race in America. So, I propose that we start a new conversation.

Hey Republicans, Great New Strategy -- But Before You Bet on Blacks...

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Before any substantial segment of the black electorate trusts the spirit of this new charm offensive or seriously considers a national Republican candidate, there are three simple things it has to do.

LOOK: A Gay Wedding Photo From 1970

Posted 03.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Check out the stunning photograph of a same-sex marriage, circa 1970, which took place in Chicago! The image, which was sent to HuffPost Gay Voice...

African in America

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

What does it mean to be black in America? I faced this question early in life as a child of African immigrants. First days of school were the worst days. As teachers and peers faced difficulty pronouncing my long West African name, I struggled to understand who I was.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

Debra Devi | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta -- the poorest region in our nation.

Jackie Robinson Beyond Home Plate

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.21.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

As we gear up for the exciting release of 42, let's also keep in mind the larger image of Jackie Robinson. He was also a tireless civil rights leader in his own right, furious with racial injustice and positively committed to securing first class citizenship for all.

It's Not Just a Latino Priority: Seeing the Truth About Immigration Reform

Gerry Hudson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

There are about 3 million black immigrants who comprise approximately 9 percent of the nation's foreign-born population. Some of these immigrants have traveled here from poorer countries seeking opportunity; others have sought asylum.

The Right to Vote, Under Attack

Mee Moua | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Mee Moua

Whether its Alabama trying to revert to the Jim Crow era by refusing minority voters protection from discrimination or Arizona trying to deny citizens their right to vote, the Supreme Court has important decisions to make in order to protect our democracy, and we hope it makes the right ones.

Learning from an Eighth Grader

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

In my opinion, all of us need to stop blaming one another and do away with the negativism that divides the various segments of our population and work toward being Americans in the truest sense of the melting pot, of being a cohesive whole.

LGBT People Of Color: Our Lives Are Valuable

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Matthew Shepard. Charles Howard. Teena Brandon. In the LGBT community these are names and tragic stories that made national headlines. But how many of us are familiar with Sakia Gunn? Tiffany Berry? Micheal J. Sandy? Roberto Pancho Duncanson?

The Right to Vote, and Other Liberal Entitlements

Gihan Perera | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Gihan Perera

The words of Justice Scalia still sting to people of common sense and decency. More than week after labeling the right to vote as a racial entitlement, many in the country are still left to wonder if this Court can help prepare us for the next century.

Wiz of A Wiz!

Ambre Anderson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Ambre Anderson

Oz The Great and Powerful When someone asks, "Are you the Wizard?", you say Yes! The new prequel spin on the classic: The Wizard of Oz takes us on a...

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 2

Debra Devi | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

"They say that so-called twelve-bar stuff is the black man's blues and country western of that day was the white man's blues, but there's a very thin line between the two musics. Only difference is the beat, and the bars to some extent, but the stories of happiness, sadness, being lonesome. All that was the same."

Bayard Rustin in His Own Words: "I Must Resist"

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael G. Long

This past year we have celebrated the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, the brilliant strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and ...

Kiss Me, I'm 1/16 Irish: African-, Irish-, and the Hyphenated-Americans

Theodore Johnson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The plights of the Irish and blacks in America are extremely different, but share some similarities. Irish were sometimes thought of as black people "turned inside out," and blacks as "smoked Irish."

Kara Walker Addresses Art and Controversy at the Newark Public Library

Jessica Kramer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Jessica Kramer

Kara Walker is no stranger to controversy. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the African-American visual artist addressed a room of more than 100 people in New Jersey's Newark Public Library to talk about her work and its most recent firestorm.

The Denali Movement

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Cat del Valle Castellanos

In 1913, four men reached the South Summit of Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley. A century later, on June 13th, a team of seven men and three women will make news when they do the same: These new explorers of America's heights are predominately African-American.

Don't Cut, Invest! Why the Obama Administration Should Support a Federal Job Guarantee Program

Alan A. Aja | Posted 05.12.2013 | Black Voices
Alan A. Aja

The Obama administration should ignore the irresponsible narrative of austerity-economics. The president holds the mandate, given overwhelming support from the African Americans and Latinos during re-election bid, to combat persistent unemployment in these communities.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 1

Debra Devi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

If you haven't paid a visit to the Mississippi Delta yet, plan one now to this starkly beautiful, richly musical place. You'll thank me as you roll down 61, with cotton fields fanning out on either side under an impossibly wide blue sky.

Liquid Confidence

Lester Brathwaite | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Lester Brathwaite

I've always been terribly insecure -- though always secure enough in myself to admit it. No matter my accomplishments, I've never been able to over...

America's Racial Wealth Gap Is Fixable

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

America's yawning racial wealth gap gets mentioned only rarely in political and policy discussions -- perhaps the only thing rarer is for a political leader to suggest that this problem can actually be fixed.