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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.

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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