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The New Segregation: How Voting Laws Could Destroy Republicans and America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The last week has been all about Paul Ryan: his infamous budget, his fiscal extremism, his disdain for social safety nets like Medicaid, Medicare, and...

Beyond February: Black History and The Importance of Discovering Institutional Memory

Charles Howard | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

The presence of people of African descent on numerous teams across the globe is an open invitation to explore historic and contemporary migration patterns - both voluntary and involuntary - to broaden our perspectives about the world around us.

Voter ID Laws Are the New Poll Tax and Literacy Tests

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Debbie Hines

Unfortunately, many persons are not aware of the extent of the GOP's disenfranchisement efforts. The effects will linger and go far beyond President Obama and the 2012 election, if not stopped.

When Will African American Baby Boomers Be Counted

Beverly Mahone | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Beverly Mahone

Rarely do I read any health studies or statistics exclusively for older black adults -- unless it has to do with sickle cell anemia. The overwhelming majority of those studies cater to older white adults.

Chevron: The Toxic Threat Next Door

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 10.17.2012 | Black Voices
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Do we stand by and wait for the next oil disaster? Do we sit quietly while our kids struggle to breathe? Do we continue to spend our hard-earned dollars rewarding companies like Chevron with subsidies and tax breaks? Or do we change the game?

Upheld Pennsylvania ID Law Leaves Voters Voiceless at the Polls

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 10.17.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

With all these holes in Pennsylvania's voter ID law, exposing it as illogical and disenfranchising, perhaps one can understand Aichele's "I don't know" evasions. But this law simply cannot stand, and we will take our case straight to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Why Obama's Support For Same-Sex Marriage Won't Hurt Him Among African Americans

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Despite the fact that there is some dissonance between Obama's position and where black Americans are overall on this issue, there is simply no evidence it is driving a wedge between Obama and black voters.

U.S. Voting Rights Under Siege

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 10.09.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

As we reflect on the strides made 47 years ago, we remind our fellow citizens that each victory is taken, not given. And as we confront the modern-day era of voter suppression, it's time that we all start protecting the free, fair and accessible vote that defines the greatness of our nation.

Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month 2012: Six Principles of Giving for New Times

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

The contemporary black philanthropy movement must be inclusive of our young people as beneficiaries and as leaders of giving. Our mainstream organizations should all make explicit efforts to address youth issues.

Yes, Virginia, Islamophobia Is Racism

Nathan Lean | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Nathan Lean

Though it doesn't operate on overtly biological prejudices, it does divide the world between "superior" and "inferior" cultures, the latter of which are marginalized because of their ethnic background and belief system.

Dying to Give Life: The Paradox of Childbirth in the Motherland

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

A little over 100 years ago, childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for women in the United States. Since then, we have drastically reduced the numbers of maternal mortality.

HIV/AIDS and the Public Health Crisis in Our Communities: The Time for Action Is Now

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

After all, the HIV virus knows the value of bottom-up, systemic action. Whether it's affecting our bodies or our global public health agenda, each cellular community can be a part of the problem -- or a vital part of the solution.

Does the World Believe America Has Really Changed On Race?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 09.18.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

I guess the fact we've elected the nation's first African American President hasn't convinced them. But why should it, considering the disrespectful manner in which the opposition party has treated him.

Thwart the Vote

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

What we're facing is not just one legislator's so-called concern about voter fraud, but a very coordinated effort to turn our democracy from one that belongs to the people into one that is controlled by corporate interests.

The Worsening and Under-noticed AIDS Epidemic in Black America (WATCH)

SnagFilms | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices

While such support is a necessary and honorable, the SnagFIlms documentary Out of Control: The AIDS Epidemic in Black America shows us how AIDS continues to be a deeply damaging disease in the United States, and more specifically, in the Black Community.

10 New Rules In Black Beauty

Ben Arogundade | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Ben Arogundade

For many black women, their preference for straight hair is driven by bad childhood memories of being teased and tormented at school about their natural hair, or being made to feel insecure by parents who insisted on the hot comb or hair relaxer.

Andrea Stone

Romney -- George, Not Mitt -- Got Standing Ovation At NAACP | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

If you know one thing about Mitt Romney's speech before the NAACP convention in Houston this week it's probably that he was booed for vowing to repea...

Vibraphone Hero: Lionel Hampton (Video)

Network Awesome | Posted 09.10.2012 | Black Voices
Network Awesome

In the pop music pantheon, guitar gods are a dime a dozen, ditto great sax-men, drummers, or trumpet players, but if you're looking for someone to sit in on the vibraphone in a hypothetical all-star band, there's no other choice than Lionel Hampton.

The Accidental Caucasian

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

I found myself relating to the fraught situations that they experienced, particularly in regard to racial passing. You see, I have been passing for white. I know what you are thinking: How is a brown-skinned black woman with an afro passing for white?

50 Books That Every African American Should Read

Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.05.2012 | Black Voices

Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, wit...

Say It Loud! The Black & the Proud Protest Stereotypes Online

Kim Kane | Posted 09.02.2012 | Black Voices
Kim Kane

The Internet has proven a useful tool for protesting offensive and sometimes painful imagery -- quite possibly shifting the landscape of mass media and popular culture.

Black Voters In Ohio Follow In Obama's Footsteps, Embrace Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

African-American voters in Ohio are shifting their stance to favor same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Tuesday by Public Policy Pol...

Jackie Robinson On The 4th: The Prophet And The Flag

Michael G. Long | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Robinson devoted his life to building the reign of God right here on earth and, at the same time, to criticizing his own country when it failed to live up to his prophetic vision.

What Russell Simmons Needs to Do

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

It may be painful sometimes to speak out against leaders in our own community who slip into bigotry, but it is necessary.

The Death of Black Boyhood

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

Can one give back the fearless abandon of boyhood in country where Skittles can be perceived as a weapon? I do not know. But perhaps, we might begin with this simple ideological shift: a boy is a boy.