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The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at 10: Who Was Left Behind

Bill Quigley | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again.

Review: Lila & Eve

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

This project started with actress/producer Viola Davis and screenwriter Pat Gilfillan who spent two years interviewing mothers of murdered children to prep for the script. Davis and co-star Jennifer Lopez worked together originally on the film Out of Sight back in 1998.

Another Black Man Goes to Prison

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Just like last week and the week before, another black man will be going to prison. But the tragedy stops here. This man is not a criminal or a hopeless recidivist. This man is Barack Obama, the first sitting President of the United States to tour a federal prison -- El Reno in Oklahoma.

Fed Chair To Jobless African-Americans: You're On Your Own

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told members of the House of Representatives in a hearing on Wednesday that the Fed's concerns about infl...

'Are There Black Mormons?'

W. Paul Reeve | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
W. Paul Reeve

In the nineteenth century, one way to measure whiteness was in distance from blackness -- and so it was with the Mormons. Over the course of the nineteenth century, they moved away from their own black converts toward whiteness.

The Most Important Lesson to Teach Children

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Ama Yawson

The world has become a very uncertain place due to rapid technological and cultural change. We are reminded of change when we remember iconic companies that each employed thousands of people such as Enron, Pan Am, MCI Worldcom and Arthur Anderson. Those companies no longer exist.

National Park System Can Win Battle for the Soul of Our Country

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Audrey Peterman

As an immigrant from Jamaica, it wasn't until I saw our National Parks that I desired fervently to become an American citizen. A country that would sa...

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 6, the Conclusion

Dave Kreissman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Over the 40-plus years since the Clay v. United States ruling was handed down, public opinion of Ali has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, information that paints him in a negative light is fairly difficult to come by.

Can Anything Good Come From Charleston? Ferguson? Nazareth?

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There is a theology of geography. There is a connection between space and fate. There is something unspoken that connects destiny with places, places with people. Towns and cities do not surface with notoriety. Situations or quite often the deeds of people precipitate such famous or infamous states.

Americans Rally 'Overnight' to Economic Populism -- Thanks to Bernie Sanders -- and Decades of Organizing

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Bernie Sanders is campaigning on a platform that has been developed, tested, and put on the national agenda by a generation of progressive thinkers, political leaders like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and generations of organizers.

Woman Arrested After Allegedly Chasing Black Teen With Bat And Threatening To Hang His Family

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

A woman was arrested on Sunday after allegedly chasing a group of black teens with a baseball bat and threatening them, telling one, "I hang your fami...

Thrive: The Rise of Young Men of Color

Fatima Scipio | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Fatima Scipio

The ultimate deception is that young men of color are doomed to prisons, gangs and the like. However, there are many well-educated young men who have hopes, dreams and are seeing record achievement that typically go unnoticed in mainstream media.

My Journey As America's Whitest Black Kid

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

I have vivid memories of the breaking news reports announcing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968. There seemed to be a sense of profound sadness by many locals in this northern Maine hamlet. But I also detected a sense of giddiness from others.

After Being Denied In 1942, 92-Year-Old Woman Finally Receives Her Library Card

The Huffington Post | Taryn FInley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices

Ninety-two-year-old Pearl Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she attempted to check out a book from the Olivia Raney Library in Ra...

Tap World

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

At one point in this sweet gem of a documentary, two tap dancers from different parts of the world define the joy and philosophy of tap dancing: "Dance to express, not to impress" says Chloe Arnold of the U.S. "I dance, therefore I am," states Arthur Benhamou of Paris.

Crafty Conservative Confederate Flag Move Obscures Larger Issue

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

I fear that all of the attention on the flag provides cover to politicians who want to ignore the larger problem. Some of the same politicians talking about bringing down the flag are doing so to avoid talking about the proliferation of guns.

3 Ways Misty Copeland Impacted Our Lives

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

Watching Misty get filled up with emotion about her promotion at her press conference brought tears to my own eyes. I replayed the joy of her accomplishment in my own heart and head all week. All I could think about is that her spirit of perseverance is what I desire for everyone to have to towards their goals and dreams, including my own.

Americans All Over The Country Celebrate Women's World Cup Victory

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.05.2015 | Sports

CELEBRATE, U.S.A., CELEBRATE!

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talk Violence in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.03.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Is violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.

KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.

When Did You Kick Black Respectability Politics?

Jason Williams | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jason Williams

Even as I write this there are still family members of the Charleston Nine who have not buried their loved ones. Every flag in the state should be at half-mast until that has occurred. The Rebel flag that was once worn proudly by the confessed killer still waves at the statehouse.

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

Minaa B | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Have the Religious Right Hijacked Marriage?

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Among those evangelical Christians leading the fight against marriage equality are the same people who were legally marginalized a mere 50 years ago and have still yet to receive full justice and equality in a white supremacist society.

Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling Will Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care Coverage

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

The Supreme Court's decision in the King v. Burwell decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to afford health insurance coverage.