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Joy in Repetition: What Obama's Second Term Will Mean for Blacks and Latinos

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Smokey Fontaine

Obama's win was not about a racial moment or something else. It was about the proudest of black moments and the signifier of cultural shifts soon to transform our world.

Racial Inequality and the Independent Foreclosure Review

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

If your home faced foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, then you may be able to suspend foreclosure on your home, correct a bad credit report, modify your loan or receive compensation.

Why Obama Won: The Empathy Factor

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Tamar Birckhead

When we voted for President Obama, what were we motivated by? For each of us it was different, but collectively we knew what we didn't want: a government that would repeal health care reform, end Medicare, cut food stamps, or give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires.

Jackie Robinson, Not Karl Rove

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.09.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

For a long time, the Republican National Committee touted Jackie Robinson as an all-star Republican on its website. But Republican leadership should have accepted pointed advice he offered back in the 1960s: Don't become a white man's party.

Jason Cherkis

No Confidence Vote: Confusion, Intimidation Reigned At Polls

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Election Day, Leo Kim, 34, drove a group of elderly Korean Americans to the polls in Annandale, Va., a Washington suburb. They quickl...

The Elephant in the Exit Poll Results: Most White Women Supported Romney

David C. Wilson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
David C. Wilson

I think Nate Silver deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few "poll readers" willing to forecast a numeric probability of Obama's win before E...

The Psychological and Existential Experience of Seeing a Black President Win Reelection

Charles Howard | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

There was something very personal about this race for me as a Black man. Seeing Obama's face with the little check by it on television is like seeing one of my relatives win. It is a different feeling than when other candidates that I have supported won.

Flight

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.06.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta. And that's just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard.

Race Baiting and the Party of Lincoln

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The vomit of racism still finds a place in Republican Party politics. It is sad to watch John Sununu -- twenty years ago, a younger Sununu might have known better. But it is even sadder to watch the rest of Lincoln's old party sink in the mire.

My Fellow Republicans: Mitt Romney's Last Secretly Videotaped Speech (Part 2 of 2)

Bill Santiago | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Bill Santiago

Don't tell me self-deportation won't work. My family self-deported to Mexico a few generations back because policies here made them feel unwelcome. So I don't see why Mexicans can't do it

In Cincinnati, Ohio: Obama Campaign's Work Seems Quite, Quite Done

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

The election is so close it can be counted in hours. In Cincinnati, it feels like the Obama campaign's work is largely done.

Voting Against the Tribe: The Year of the Sophisticated White, Conservative, Churchgoing Voter

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Joseph

White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

We Are a Nation in Crisis

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To blame the president for our current state of affairs, as some have, is patently absurd. He has been the victim and target, not the initiator, of this politics of division.

The Storm We Can't Ignore

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 01.01.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

We can't guarantee that there won't be another storm like Sandy just because we get serious about clean energy investments. But what we can guarantee is that if we don't, without fail we will see more frequent, intense storms like Sandy, and worse. And poor communities will bear the brunt.

Probe Mitt Romney's Affiliation With the Mormon Church -- It's Not Too Late and It's Required

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
BlackAndBrownNews

Why the press has gone lightweight on Governor Romney escapes me. Religious affiliation mattered to the press corps in 2008. I don't understand why it does not matter in 2012.

GOP Voter Suppression Efforts Are a Crime and a Shame

Debbie Hines | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Debbie Hines

With Republicans' schemes to cheat and deny voters their right to vote, little has been done to punish or prevent future acts. And their antics will have a far reaching and chilling effect on our democracy, if not stopped.

Walking a Fine Line

Lisa Blackwell | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Lisa Blackwell

Watching President Obama during the past few debates has given America an upfront seat from which to observe the struggle and penalties incurred by many highly educated African-Americans trying to promote their virtues during the course of their careers.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Do Current Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Neglect Race?

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Prostate cancer hits black men especially hard. One out of every 5 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 5 out of 100 will die of the disease.

Middle of Nowhere (****)

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

"You were on your way to something. Don't stop." That kind of encouragement, greatly needed by a forlorn young woman, is the spirit that drives this ...

The Enigma That Was Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 12.12.2012 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

Henry McNeal Turner was born a "free black" on February 1, 1834, in New Berry Court House, South Carolina, to Hardy Turner and Sarah Greer Turner. Even though born a free person, Turner still experienced the harsh reality of prejudice and racism.

Don't Mess With Texas? How the Supreme Court Should Rule on Education Case

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.10.2012 | College
Rep. Mike Honda

I wholeheartedly believe that when a student's race is considered, it must be done in a careful and thoughtful way. Let us hope, for the sake of our nation's economic health, that the Supreme Court continues to let universities determine their own admissions criteria.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Why Affirmative Action Still Matters

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Deborah N. Archer

If the challenge is successful, Fisher would reverse decades of legal precedent, stifling universities' ability to develop a diverse student body, and closing the door to equal opportunities for students of color. Not only would minority students lose, but so would our nation.

Cancer Risks Persist For African-Americans

Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

Good news: cancer incidence is declining for all Americans. Sobering and perplexing fact: African-Americans are more likely than white Americans to be...

Movie Review: Lee Daniel's Latest - The Paperboy( *1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.05.2012 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's puzzling why an African American director would choose this unsettling project in the first place; his fans will be perplexed. All that went right in his previous film has gone awry in this sour, bitter-tasting mint julep.