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Jeb Bush Blows It On Race

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Raul A. Reyes

Bush's "free stuff" remarks are the latest wrong note in his flagging campaign. The last thing this country needs is a man of inherited wealth and power lecturing the rest of us about mooching.

What's Under the Hood? (Or, Can a Black Woman Really Lead?)

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

Black women's leadership is necessary. Necessary for Black people, necessary for Black men, necessary for America

Supporting Hillary Can Be Exhausting But Is Totally Worth It

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

What is exhausting is debating someone whom you respect who says "I like Hillary" but finds every reason not to defend her against even specious attacks or be willing to speak out when they agree with her.

The New America: A Melting Pot Stirred

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Paul Spector, M.D.

A recent Pew Research Center study examined these trends. Their report predicts that in 2055, no racial or ethnic group will hold a majority. According to their data, the US of 2055 will be 46 percent white, 24 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Asian and 13 percent black.

Donald Trump vs. Pope Francis: When It Comes to Social Justice, Words Matter

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The Pope's inspiring words move us all to do better in the service of humanity. Compare that then to the words of another man who has dominated the news cycle lately: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Sweet Feelings of Affirmation From the Pope, E.O. Wilson and Black Americans

Audrey Peterman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

It made me feel more confident that I can accomplish my personal goal of helping my fellow Americans wake up to the realization that nature is the expression of the "God" we claim to love, and that we have an urgent responsibility to address the damage we've caused.

Sickle Cell Disease vs. the California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-week Challenge #19

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.29.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

Imagine: inside the veins of an African-American child, red blood cells: round and soft, doing their job, keeping the person alive. What would happen if those cells hardened and changed shape, curving into the letter "C," like a wheat-cutting sickle?

My Next Step

Natasha McKenzie | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Natasha McKenzie

This morning, I formally offered my resignation as President of College Democrats of America (CDA). My proudest moment in the three years I have served within CDA comes today as I step aside knowing that the organization I love so dearly is on course for positive and productive change.

It's 1960... Can a Catholic Win as President?

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

I look at the reception this week of Pope Francis who is being embraced by Americans of ALL faiths...and I love his nickname as "The People's Pope". What a perfect example of how people of all faiths can hear a message and recognize the 95 percent of things we all have and want in common, and not focus on labels and differences.

Viola Davis Wins! Apple Ad Brings Joy! -- Hollywood, Are You Paying Attention?

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Frances Cudjoe Waters

Sunday night's Emmy Awards Show and Apple's new ad should be just the beginning. It's time for Hollywood to step up and for the viewing audience to step up to demand more positive, "Real" images like these.

Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media

Mona Shattell | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Mona Shattell

Social media provides us with a tremendous opportunity to support the ongoing and future development of our nurses, scientists, and professional leaders.

Dear Mr. Trump

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marybeth Gasman

Mr. Trump, please know that your bullying behavior is taking flight and causing incivility across the nation - an incivility that will hurt us all greatly. I don't worry about your becoming president as the demographics of our nation are against you.

Two Months After Netroots Nation, Should Bernie Sanders Be Thanking Black Lives Matter?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Sanders has shown since Netroots Nation that he understands that reality by addressing both areas where race and class intersect, as well as those where racial injustice inflicts harm irrespective of class.

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Rethinking How We Teach About Slavery

Alan Singer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In New York City, Trinity Church is organizing a theological conference scheduled for January 2016 that will examine "racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change." In preparation for the conference, Trinity is producing a video examining its relationship with slavery and the slave trade during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Why Tomorrow May Be The Most Important National Voter Registration Day Ever

Page Gardner | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Think about that. For the first time in our nation's history, the most diverse electorate ever will enter voting booths on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. They will look more like the real America, and drive their own destinies.

L. Londell McMillan Talks SOURCE360

Tracey Y. Smith | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Tracey Y. Smith

L. LONDELL MCMILLAN is well known as an entertainment lawyer who has represented Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Usher, Kanye West and many others. McMillan is also a noted community activist and publisher of The Source and Jones magazines.

The Best Anti-Poverty Program Is A Good Job

Algernon Austin | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

A true 21st-century infrastructure will create millions of jobs and produce a stronger and more productive American economy. Some may assume that infrastructure investments will only benefit white construction workers, but this view is incorrect.

The Complex Art of Reclaiming African Culture

Cierra Lockett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Are African-Americans appropriating the fashion and other aspects of African lifestyles, or are they rightfully reclaiming their culture?

What Happens if You Are Not Named James Blake

Ace Robinson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

Unfortunately, the experience of the former #4 tennis player in the world is not the same as countless Black men in the City. Black men who are not celebrities or well-known athletes do not get released 15 minutes later.

Inside Academia: Black Professors Are Expected to 'Entertain' While Presenting

The Conversation US | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
The Conversation US

From 2013 to 2014, my colleague, Lasana Kazembe, adjunct professor at DePaul University and I interviewed 33 African-American faculty members from institutions across the country. The results were disappointing, but not particularly surprising. Their personal experiences provide a unique perspective on "presenting while black."

President Obama: Please Include the Environment in Your Speech to the CBC!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Audrey Peterman

He will no doubt raise issues commonly identified as Black interests: crime and the justice system; voting rights and what's at stake in the upcoming elections. But if he also introduces the subjects of climate change and conservation of our clean air, water and parks, it could send shock waves through the Black community.

The Jemima Code: Celebrating African-American Cookbooks

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 09.14.2015 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

It is a well-known, although not so frequently discussed, fact that African-American cooks, chefs, and food writers have played a crucial and central role in the development of US cuisines since colonial times.

Healthy Black Lives Also Matter

Kermit Jones | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Kermit Jones

Black lives, a durable fiber of our nation's history, are also fraying due to stresses beyond the criminal justice system, with many of the root causes directly related to health.

Waiting in Line to Become Poor

Lisa Nichols | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa Nichols

Not so long ago, I waited in line to "officially" become poor. That's what it feels like when you're forced to apply for food stamps. When you're broke and starving. When the father of your 8-month-old son apologizes to you from a dingy phone behind prison bars.