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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.

PHOTOS: They're Baaaaaack!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

Remember the Kenya dolls from the 90s that captured nearly every little brown girl's heart? Well, they're back! Kenya first hit shelves in 1992 an...

What African American Communities Can Learn from Africa About Stopping the Spread of HIV/ AIDS

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 12.04.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

I was shocked to discover that the HIV infection rate for black males in our nation's capital is higher than that of some African countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nigeria.

FDNY: Here Is What Structural, Institutional, Systemic Racism Looks Like

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 10.04.2012 | New York
BlackAndBrownNews

The FDNY shows us that even in a liberal, progressive, Democratic leaning northern city, that is ethnically diverse, structural and systemic racism thrives.

ReThink Interview: Eugene Jarecki, Director of The House I Live In

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Jonathan Kim

Eugene Jarecki's powerful documentary The House I Live In looks at the human consequences of the drug war's failure, which has left the African American community as collateral damage.

Post-Diversity? No. Even With a Black President

George Alexander | Posted 12.01.2012 | Media
George Alexander

Total inclusion within our society without regard to race, gender and sexual orientation is an ongoing battle. Yeah, we've come a long way, baby, but we've got a mighty long way to go.

How Is There Still Racial Profiling in the 'Post-Racial' Age of Obama

Keith Rushing | Posted 11.26.2012 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

Now, next month, many of us may have cause to celebrate a major milestone again if America's first African-American president prevails and is the first president of color to be re-elected. Yet we must not forget the unfinished business of racial justice in America.

New York Celebrates Lincoln and Emancipation But Important Things Are Missing

Alan Singer | Posted 11.25.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

The First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a traveling exhibit, is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

My Journey to India

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.24.2012 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

In a place where the circumstances of your birth can determine the opportunities you're given, I wonder if they will understand and respect my journey from homeless to lawyer or if they will view me as I once was and not who I am now.

Let Us Vote: Our Voices Are Equal on Election Day

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Voting is a right, civic duty and responsibility. We must do everything in our power to ensure that Americans who meet voting requirements and want to vote, can exercise that right. So on September 25th, let's make sure we win the fight to make all voices heard.

Kicking Black Boys Out of Class, Teaching Black Girls a Lesson

Ise Lyfe | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Ise Lyfe

It isn't fair to pin these generalizations on every Black boy at the school, but it is applicable to a large enough majority of them to have a general expectation that is unfair, racist, and detrimental to their development -- yet tragically accurate.

Kids Should Be Color Blind When it Comes to Race

Eva Glettner | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

5-year-old Jared shows his portrait of Sam to Ms. Madison. Jared is African-American. Ms. Madison is African-American. Sam is Caucasian. None of this should matter, right? Well, Jared drew Sam with "brown skin because that's how he looks to me." Sam is his friend, and that's that.

Voter Suppression and the Immigrant Voice

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 11.16.2012 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

Pennsylvania is one of the states, around the country, where Republicans have passed a strict voter photo ID requirement law. On Thursday, September 1...

VIDEO: Godfrey's African Dad Had It Worse

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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Pragmatic Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Winning -- securing power, implementing their agenda -- is the whole point, and that means they have no choice but to put the big squeeze on Democrat-leaning voting blocs. And the most obvious of those blocs are racial and ethnic.

Does My Blackness Offend You?

Catherine Okafor | Posted 11.05.2012 | Black Voices
Catherine Okafor

Making reference to the N-word, slavery, Madea, and other derogatory and ignorant comments that some say when referring to African Americans is not cool to me. It has been something that has been on my mind for weeks. I can't seem to shake it off nor ignore it.

Yes, Mitt Romney, You Built That!

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 11.04.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

The GOP is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It is now the Party of Mitt, one willing to play to the fears and prejudices of the masses, instead of the hopes and aspirations that have kept this country going. Of course, he believes it's the only path to victory.

Tinkerbell Politics in Ohio

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted 11.04.2012 | Black Voices
Rebecca Wanzo

Belief is great, but infrastructure and safety nets are better. Belief can inspire and motivate, but it won't provide food, clothing, shelter, or medical care when you're sick. Belief doesn't DO anything. My six-year-old mother knew that, Governor Kasich. Why don't you?

Howard Fineman

The Man Who Is Obama's Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I know that 21st-century campaigns are about micro-targeting individual voters using social media and laser-casting of print, web a...

The Ten Most Popular Black Celebrity Hairstyles

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.02.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Arogundade

I thought it might be interesting to check out the global monthly search stats on the hairstyles of black celebrities, to see whose was the most popular.

Two Nations, Divided, Under God

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The rhetoric in the 2012 election has been astonishingly divisive and loaded with innuendo, making this not a contest between two candidates or parties but between two "Americas."

Dunkin Donuts in Hot Water with African Americans

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Without a doubt, Dunkin Donuts wishes it could turn back the hands of time. Perhaps not in doing anything different with the group of people suing them, but they probably wish they could go back two weeks ago when the franchise focus of the week was all things Chick-fil-a!