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We Can't Afford To Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Whether you own a business, are receiving government assistance, are involved in theater or a health care nonprofit, live with or care about fighting HIV/AIDS or want to guarantee your civil rights, you have a stake in the results of keeping the nation from falling off the "fiscal cliff."

The Truth About Payday Loans

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.26.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A payday loan may seem like a short-term fix, but it's ultimately just another expense. In today's economy there are no easy answers for low- to moderate-income Americans struggling to pay the bills, but what will clearly never work is adding another high-cost loan.

Finding Diversity in America

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

In today's diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to see which neighborhoods best reflect American diversity.

The Fiscal Cliff: Maintaining a Circle of Protection for Children, Hungry People and the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

If we spend less on school lunches and food stamps to make the numbers add up on an Excel spreadsheet, we will indeed pay much more with poor performance in school and chronic health issues later.

Why Do We Tell Only Part of the Story When We Talk About Cancer?

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 01.19.2013 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

It is odd that for all this talk about cancer's effect, there is still so little coverage of toxic pollution -- which has been linked to cancer -- and how much more likely poor people and minorities are to be impacted by it.

DC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting Mobility

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.15.2012 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.

Spas and the Issue of Race Relations

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

The majority of esthetic (skin care) schools do not even teach how to care for ethnic skin. Thus begins the disenfranchisement of brown people (Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and bi-racial)in an industry that by its very nature is supposed to be empathetic and nurturing.

Post Election Day Social Media: Freedom of Speech or Intolerance?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
Bryan Cain-Jackson

The First Amendment protects our right to say what we wish freely without government interference, though this is typically when the comment does not come out in the form of a threat against the President of the United States.

The Last of the Loud

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

There is a line of folk wrapped around the White House who intend to collect on the Obama promissory note they've been holding since 2008. Where are African Americans in that line? Are African Americans even in the line?

The One Way To Turn On Your Body's Own Pharmacy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.13.2012 | Fifty

Transcendental meditation has been around since the 1950s, a simple practice that employs the recitation of a mantra to reduce stress and improve focu...

Curtis M. Wong

'30 Rock' Star Reveals Message For Gay Youth On New Album

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.15.2012 | Gay Voices

For a performer so deeply rooted in physical comedy, Tituss Burgess comes across as awfully moody on his new album, "Comfortable." But as it turns out...

Joy in Repetition: What Obama's Second Term Will Mean for Blacks and Latinos

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Smokey Fontaine

Obama's win was not about a racial moment or something else. It was about the proudest of black moments and the signifier of cultural shifts soon to transform our world.

Racial Inequality and the Independent Foreclosure Review

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

If your home faced foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, then you may be able to suspend foreclosure on your home, correct a bad credit report, modify your loan or receive compensation.

Why Obama Won: The Empathy Factor

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Tamar Birckhead

When we voted for President Obama, what were we motivated by? For each of us it was different, but collectively we knew what we didn't want: a government that would repeal health care reform, end Medicare, cut food stamps, or give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires.

Jackie Robinson, Not Karl Rove

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.09.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

For a long time, the Republican National Committee touted Jackie Robinson as an all-star Republican on its website. But Republican leadership should have accepted pointed advice he offered back in the 1960s: Don't become a white man's party.

Jason Cherkis

No Confidence Vote: Confusion, Intimidation Reigned At Polls

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Election Day, Leo Kim, 34, drove a group of elderly Korean Americans to the polls in Annandale, Va., a Washington suburb. They quickl...

The Elephant in the Exit Poll Results: Most White Women Supported Romney

David C. Wilson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
David C. Wilson

I think Nate Silver deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few "poll readers" willing to forecast a numeric probability of Obama's win before E...

The Psychological and Existential Experience of Seeing a Black President Win Reelection

Charles Howard | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

There was something very personal about this race for me as a Black man. Seeing Obama's face with the little check by it on television is like seeing one of my relatives win. It is a different feeling than when other candidates that I have supported won.

Flight

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.06.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta. And that's just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard.

Race Baiting and the Party of Lincoln

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The vomit of racism still finds a place in Republican Party politics. It is sad to watch John Sununu -- twenty years ago, a younger Sununu might have known better. But it is even sadder to watch the rest of Lincoln's old party sink in the mire.

My Fellow Republicans: Mitt Romney's Last Secretly Videotaped Speech (Part 2 of 2)

Bill Santiago | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Bill Santiago

Don't tell me self-deportation won't work. My family self-deported to Mexico a few generations back because policies here made them feel unwelcome. So I don't see why Mexicans can't do it

In Cincinnati, Ohio: Obama Campaign's Work Seems Quite, Quite Done

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

The election is so close it can be counted in hours. In Cincinnati, it feels like the Obama campaign's work is largely done.

Voting Against the Tribe: The Year of the Sophisticated White, Conservative, Churchgoing Voter

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Joseph

White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

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.