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How Not to Be Racist

Floyd Elliot | Posted 08.31.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Anyone who says, "Now, I'm not a racist, but... " is a ginormous racist-y racist and is about to say something horrendously racist. Another thing: accidental racist, you say? I call bulls***.

What Mandela and Obama Really Represent

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Like Mandela, Obama has blazed a trail for everyone, not just for African-Americans, and shown us what is possible when our better natures prevail. Whether you agree with his politics or not, he is the personification of the American dream and should be a cause for national pride, not derision.

Artist Fuel (The Powerhouse of New York City)

Collette Brown | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Collette Brown

When people look back on this imploding city, what title will they give us? Will we be documented as a purely economic driven society, lead by trends and social status, or is it possible to give a voice to the true powerhouse of this city, the artist?

Music Legands Natalie Cole and Smokey Robinson to Perform at Martha's Vineyard Music Festival Benefiting Kidney Disease Research

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Martha's Vineyard will be abuzz from Thursday August 22nd to Sunday August 25th, when On The Vine launches its inaugural four-day music and entertainment festival benefiting kidney disease research.

Touching Our Netroots: African-Americans Create Place and Space at Annual Progressive Conference

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Progressivism at all times should be about ideas, coalition building and if nothing else, respect. It is important we move forward, yet, never mistake mere action for progress.

WATCH: Actresses Tackle The Light Skin Vs. Dark Skin Debate

OWN | Posted 06.26.2013 | OWN

In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is ...

Obama's Climate Plan Must Build for Tomorrow, Address the Needs of Vulnerable Communities Today

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Black Voices
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Simultaneously, an effective climate plan must also include measures that will protect Americans who are most vulnerable right now. While the pollution that causes climate change threatens all of us, low-income communities and people of color are hit first and worst.

Forgotten Heroes

Gregory Allen Howard | Posted 08.25.2013 | Sports
Gregory Allen Howard

As we enter the 50-year anniversary of all things civil rights: the Civil Rights Bill, the Freedom Rides, and Freedom Summer, where is the tribute for Tommie and John?

We Love Festival Season

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- African-American style and identity, endangered languages and Hungarian culture get the spotlight treatment at this year's Smithsonian F...

WATCH: What Never To Say To A Dark-Skinned Girl

OWN | Posted 08.24.2013 | OWN

The worst part: it was her mother who said it

Job Hunting With a Criminal Record

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

It's hard enough finding a job these days without having to explain a criminal record. According to a hiring discrimination study conducted by Princeton professor Devah Pager, having a criminal record may cut your chances of getting hired by half.

South Louisiana's affordable LA Swift bus, started after Katrina, might be saved

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 24, 2013 edition.) Bus service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on LA Swift--whi...

My Conversation With India.Arie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Recently, India was accused of bleaching her skin to lighten her complexion which, in our conversation, she forcefully denies.

Changing Perception of Arabs Through Tabloid Culture

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 08.19.2013 | TV
Faisal Al-Juburi

If people begin to understand through a certain amount of media osmosis that a person of Arab lineage can be one of two personality types on either end of the spectrum, then the hope is that they will also be able to fill in the rest.

Fathers in Rhyme

Jason Williams | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Williams

Hip Hop music is sometime accused of being tone deaf on important social issues. Not only in their music but also their actions these fathers and many more like them within the Hip Hop community show is the private choice of fathering your children will have a very public impact.

The War on Marijuana Has a Latino Data Problem

Lynda Garcia | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Lynda Garcia

The UCR's failure to track Latino arrests as a separate category also conceals the racially targeted policing that we suspect is at play in Latino communities, just as it is in black communities.

Jim Crow in the North: Ending Stop and Frisk in NYC

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 08.14.2013 | New York
Yousef Abukhdair

To say all police officers in New York City take advantage of their power and persecute people of color would be absurd, but to say that none of them do like Mayor Bloomberg suggested is equally absurd.

Blacks, Bill Cosby and Deviance

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Dr. Cosby is continuously making it harder for me to vouch for him. A recent piece by the entertainer titled "A Plague Called Apathy" has a slice of the black media and blogosphere up in arms, and the other part looking at him askance with a serious side-eye.

Foreign Policy Wishes for Father's Day

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

As a father, I question myself: what am I -- and what are we - -going to do over the next two decades to ensure that our children, when their time has come to lead, have a better world in front of them, just as we have had?

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

They can sing a joyful noise. In pitch-perfect harmony. Never missing a beat. Yet they rarely take center stage. Why? Background singers, are the unsung heroes of music.

The Apollo Spring Gala Honors Chaka Khan

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Khan follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and other world-renown musicians who have graced the stage of the 79 year-old theater and been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

If It's Broke, Fix It: President's Economic Agenda, Paired with Action on Climate Change, Is a Winning Strategy for Building a New Economy

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Reshoring our manufacturing sector will do a lot to revive our economy. America needs to start making things again. And if we do it by doubling clean energy production and rebuilding our infrastructure, we'll help fight climate change, too.

Trayvon Martin Is Still 'Our Son,' But What About Our Daughters?

j.n. salters | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While Trayvon's murder sparked much discussion about racism in our country, it should also call attention to sexism, particularly as it intersects with racism to distinctively affect the lives of African-American women.

Let's Not Settle for Less

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

A new national survey of African-Americans paints a fascinating picture: over half of those polled report that their lives have generally improved in recent years. But what of the other half, who report lower satisfaction with their lives -- especially lower-income African-Americans?

A Broken System Perpetuates Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I live in a vital, racially and ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhood and I watch it happen -- racial profiling, the stop-and-frisk game. This is not making my neighborhood safer. It's wrecking lives at enormous public expense.