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Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

A.J. Walkley | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The media is a powerful tool that has the ability to shape and form public opinion. When She Smiles is one of the first few poetry videos released on All Def Poetry and I am beyond pleased that the bar has been set with queer content.

King's Dream Is Also an Immigrant Dream

Bertha Lewis | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

It's time to get rid of this unfair two-tier workforce. We need a commonsense immigration system that includes a realistic path to citizenship, keeps families together, raises standards for all working people and strengthens the economy.

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?

Public opposition to Plaquemines Parish coal terminals grows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Aug. 19, 2013 edition.) Louisiana, a major exporter of coal from other states, could shi...

Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media
Andrew Cotto

Charles Barkley has become a role model Or, at least, a voice worthy of a place at the table of public discourse. He's particularly candid and refreshing when it comes to matters of race.

50 Years After the March on Washington: The Growing Racial Wealth Divide

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.16.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Many of the demands advanced at the 1963 March on Washington led to considerable gains for African Americans. However, with respect to the wealth -- the area that impacts economic mobility the most -- African Americans are actually losing ground.

Nonprofits Bronx AIDS Services and CitiWide Harm Reduction Merge to Form BOOM!Health

Robert Cordero | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Robert Cordero

The newly merged and rebranded BOOM!Health organization will serve over 8,000 New Yorkers and will become one of the most comprehensive community-based service providers in the United States led by people of color.

Donnie McClurkin Not Being Truthful About Anti-Gay Comments (VIDEO)

Alvin McEwen | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

Gay men are not the products of child molestation. It's an ugly thing to imply otherwise, and for McClurkin to now claim that he has not spoken derogatorily about gay people when there is hard evidence to the contrary is highly dishonest. One could even say he is lying.

What Is a Black Life Worth?

Chris Williams | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

Over the past four centuries, generations of black people have asked the question: What is a black life worth? The answer to this question has been complex. But, lately, it is a question that bears asking due to the increasing amount of black bodies populating city streets and morgues.

Holder Says the Obvious -- the Drug War Is a War on Minorities

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The scuttlebutt is that Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to say what has long been obvious to anyone who has the faintest notion about how the wildly failed, flawed war on drugs has been waged for three decades.

How the New Voter ID Laws are the Tonya Harding and New Orleans Saints of American Politics

Myisha Cherry | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Myisha Cherry

Sabotage may be accepted in war but should not be accepted in American politics. Our democracy is supposed to be for the people and by the people. To have this not be so, is to bring injury to citizens, our nation and the democratic process.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

50 Years After the March On Washington: The Economic Impacts of Education

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Over the past 50 years, we've seen substantive improvements in high school graduation rates and college graduation rates for African Americans. But, African Americans' educational progress has not translated into equivalent economic progress.

Outdated, Outnumbered, and Out of Time: The Coming Demise of the Republican Party

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Until the Republicans alter their beliefs and adjust their priorities, their empty gestures towards minorities will continue to be rejected. Even on the issue of immigration reform, the GOP's stance hardly gives the Latino population a reason to feel respected or included.

To My Young Black Brothers in the Struggle

Quassan Castro | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Real men cry. Real men do not associate power with violence against women. Real men seek solutions to problems rather than make excuses. Real men read for critical consciousness throughout an entire lifetime. Real men study. Real men write.

50 Years After the March on Washington: Where Are We Going in Wage Levels & Income?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Over the last 50 years, African Americans have made some economic progress. Yet, racial inequality remains high with African Americans earning 63 cents for every dollar earned by White Americans.

It Ain't Just About the Word: Tell Us How You Really Feel, Riley

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The fact that Cooper felt comfortable uttering the nigger word in public speaks volumes to its continued usage in popular culture.

Riley Cooper: Is He Good Enough for a Second Chance? Yes and I'll Tell You Why

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

The NFL wants to show the world that racial bigotry will not be tolerated, and should you use racially charged language, we will destroy your career. They also just want it to go away. If this is the direction they choose it will be pretty sad, not only for Riley Cooper, but for the Eagles, the NFL and this country.

Visions of Stars -- The Other Blacks With Power

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

In light of this very somber weekend with the decision regarding Trayvon Martin, I didn't know if it would be a good idea to release a story about the highlight of my trip to Miami to cover the American Black Film Festival.

New Orleans to unveil Claiborne expressway options in September

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 5, 2013 edition.) In community meetings last winter and spring, New Orleans reside...

Our Stories: Babylon Sisters

Yvonna Russell | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

The film project Babylon Sisters deserves our support for a master storyteller's passionate and compelling voice on the inhumane issue of human trafficking today.

Echoes of Cosby in Don Lemon's Call For Blacks to Clean up Their Act

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

This is not to say that Mr. Lemon is completely wrong, and that blacks (and all humans) should not strive to do better. The problem arises when this is taken out of context.

Trayvon Martin and Implicit Bias

Eva Paterson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime
Eva Paterson

I have read that the brain processes 400 billion bits of information a second, but we are only aware of 2,000 of those. We do not have time to sort through and analyze all these information so our brain and mind take shortcuts.

Don Lemon and Media Violence Against Young Black Men

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 10.03.2013 | Media
Antwaun Sargent

Don Lemon's comments are reminiscent of the media violence that has played out across news broadcast with reports that have called young black men crack babies, predators, dropouts, absentee fathers, and thugs. Reports that have captured the American imagination, and created moral panic.

Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Moving forward, Social Security must evolve to address the needs of lower-earning workers. However, future retirees can also take steps to ensure they have the resources to maintain their standard of living through old age.