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Meet Harvard Law Phenom Cortlan Wickliff

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Cortlan is about to make history as one of only two Black men to finish Harvard Law School at just 22 years of age. In this clip from Tavis Smiley on PBS, the phenom talks to me about demystifying Harvard Law for Black youth.

Racism in 2013?? Just Get Over It!

Theodore Johnson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

"Get over it and move on" is the most ridiculous of positions. Racism is not some tragic event to get over; it's the ongoing tragedy of cumulative experiences that shape how one sees the world.

Red Line Reconstruction: A Model for Minority Inclusion

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 06.29.2013 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

The right skills and preparation mixed with a commitment to diversity from those who issue government contracts, plus key community partnerships, makes a good formula for access, opportunity and community investment.

What Do the Tests Test?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Rather than waste all this time and money on testing, an alternative is to just throw out the standardized tests and assign students to classes, schools, and colleges, based on their parents' income tax forms. While this may not be fair to students from poorer families, tax revenues would probably rise.

Jon Ward

Rand Paul: 'There Is A Perception That Republicans Don't Like People Of Color'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended his performance at Howard University last week in a 48-minute session with reporters on Wednesday mornin...

You Can't Survive on $7.25

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.15.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage. The NYC fast-food workers' newfound willingness to organize a union and strike -- at tremendous personal and economic risk -- shows just how bad the economy has become for low-wage workers.

African Americans And The Watermelon Stereotype

Theodore Johnson | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Theodore Johnson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's true -- I'm a black man with a watermelon for a birthmark. In many countries and cultures around the world, this would be unremarkable. But in the United States, where watermelon is associated with historic African-American stereotypes, my birthmark takes on a more complex symbolism.

Jackie Robinson's Big Dreams Now Are Our Children's

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.12.2013 | Sports
Brian Levin, J.D.

Neither America nor baseball could have any legitimacy when they deprived the dreams and opportunity of their children. At its core, baseball, like the nation that gave birth to it, is about aspirations; to teamwork, sportsmanship, merit and fair play.

African Americans Chained by President Obama's CPI Proposal

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

During the last election cycle Al Sharpton said, "It's not about Obama, it's about your momma." Now that the administration has released its 2014 budget, which includes cuts to both Social Security and Medicare, African Americans must now face the bitter reality that it's literally about Obama and our mommas.

Celebrate Rachel Robinson, Too!

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

We might characterize her ongoing work, including her role as a consultant for 42, as advancing the legacy of her heroic husband. But Jackie Robinson would no doubt be the first to remind us that his legacy is also Rachel's.

We Are Our Solution

Brandy Williams | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

During the Civil Rights Movement, blacks understood that America was not built for our betterment, and so we marched the streets, demanded better, educated ourselves on issues and laws and took up arms for justice and equality. Why are we waiting now?

Jon Ward

Rand Paul's Surprising Message: Republicans 'Haven't Changed'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul came to Howard University on Wednesday and argued to students at the historically black college that the Republican Party hasn...

42

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.

The Cutting Of Welfare Benefits ToTennessee's Underperforming Children

Terrance Dean | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Terrance Dean

It's unfortunate that the legislators find it more beneficial to continue to oppress, marginalize, and penalize those in poverty, rather than use those resources to produce better educational systems.

Young Ambassadors Speak Out, Organize Events for First National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on April 10

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
John-Manuel Andriote

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is intended to be a wake-up call for America's youth. They are the first generation never to have known a world without HIV/AIDS.

GOP Minority Outreach Is Doomed to Fail

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The Grand Old Party's fundamental problem is not outreach. It is policy. As long as the GOP is dedicated to being more conservative today than it was yesterday, then its minority outreach is doomed to failure.

Another Tackle in the World of Homophobic Sports

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The African American community desperately needs openly LGBT public role models. We need them to come out and denounce anti-homophobic bullying, vitriol, and discrimination.

Voting Against Voting

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

Three months into 2013 and a total of 30 states are pushing 55 new laws to restrict voter access. These ideas range from reducing the days that polls are open for early voting to requiring specific types of identification, purging voter rolls, and eliminating Election Day registrations and some Sunday voting.

John Hunter, Creator of the World Peace Game, on Experiences and New Book

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.04.2013 | Books
Jeff Paterson

John Hunter, a teacher from Virgina, developed the World Peace Game over thirty years ago, teaching it all over the world to students as young as nine-years-old. A documentary covering the game process was made and in 2011, he gave a TED talk on his experiences, which Arianna Huffington named the top talk that year.

Are We Trying to Fill Souls With Soles?

Sabrina Lamb | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Sabrina Lamb

Money was always mysterious to me. As a child, the subject of money was only reserved for 'grown folks.' I knew that my father, a career officer in the United States Army, left home every day for some place called work. Still, I never knew how money was earned or how it affected my life.

Advancing the Dream Through Education

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

On April 4, we remember the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose leadership and valor during the Civil Rights Movement continue to inspire many Americans to fight for justice and equality.

How Do You Define Race? Lessons From HuffPost Live

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

What occurred on this panel is so typical of how most discussions on race and racism transpire. The problem with our prior approach is the assumption that we all have a universal understanding of race in America. So, I propose that we start a new conversation.

Hey Republicans, Great New Strategy -- But Before You Bet on Blacks...

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Before any substantial segment of the black electorate trusts the spirit of this new charm offensive or seriously considers a national Republican candidate, there are three simple things it has to do.

LOOK: A Gay Wedding Photo From 1970

Posted 03.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Check out the stunning photograph of a same-sex marriage, circa 1970, which took place in Chicago! The image, which was sent to HuffPost Gay Voice...

African in America

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

What does it mean to be black in America? I faced this question early in life as a child of African immigrants. First days of school were the worst days. As teachers and peers faced difficulty pronouncing my long West African name, I struggled to understand who I was.