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WATCH: 'The Skinny' On LGBT People Of Color In Film

Earnest Winborne | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne


Trayvon Martin: Not a Symbol for Vigilante Justice

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Lawrence D. Elliott

If the only justice Trayvon Martin's family can receive is the street kind, then the image of justice in America will have been greatly tarnished. Justice in our country is supposed to be delivered at the end of a legal trial from a jury of one's peers, not at the end of a vigilante's gun.

A Lifetime Of Isolated Incidents

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. John H. Vaughn

There comes a point for many black Americans when the "isolated incidents" are no longer those, but symptoms of deeper expressions and manifestations of racism. The killing of Trayvon Martin comes as yet another "isolated incident."

The Lesson We Can Learn From 'The Hunger Games'

Michael McAfee | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Michael McAfee

If we don't prepare all of our children today to be the leaders of tomorrow, our entire economy will suffer. We cannot be indifferent to those held back most by the painful inequality in our country; if we are, it will be the downfall of this great nation.

Renew the Movement to Fight for Civil Rights

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Now we must choose: We will decide if Trayvon Martin's death is a moment, or becomes the spark for a movement. We can't bring him back. But we can make his voice louder in death than it could be in his short life.

How To Talk To Your Child About Trayvon Martin's Death

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Black Voices
Te-Erika Patterson

Our children are hearing about this incident at school, they are watching our reactions and will internalize what this means to them and how they view and interact with the world.

Is The Life Of A Black Boy Worth Anything Today?

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

I wept when I read this question, because I knew the answer.

Blacks See Largest Decline in Health Insurance Coverage

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Over the last decade, blacks experienced the largest decline in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. If President Obama's Affordable Care Act is revoked, blacks and all other groups will find it increasingly difficult to obtain health insurance.

Trayvon, Emmett And Dangerous Black Bodies

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

It is dangerous still, it seems, to be a black boy. You can be walking down the street, wearing a hoodie, look "dangerous," and someone will chase you and kill you dead.

A Complete Investigation is Vital for Justice in Trayvon Martin Case

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.22.2012 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

We urge an exhaustive look into what actually happened and who needs to be held accountable--including George Zimmerman, as well as law enforcement--for that tragic night.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this week's quickie Indie on Demand Movie Review, we take a look at The Interrupters, a documentary, now available on-demand.

School Suggests 'African American Attire' Is 'Animal Print'

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.21.2012 | Education

A letter sent home with students at Western Union Elementary School in North Carolina didn't sit well with parents. The note asked students to wear...

A Mother's Reflections on the Death of Trayvon Martin

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I am scared. It is not a new fear, but one that has never gone away, and is heightened as I look at my three beautiful boys. These precious ones, for whom my husband and I have lovingly and willingly sacrificed much.

To Phil Valentine: Shut Up About Race, Jeremy Lin, and Political Correctness

Brandon Thomas | Posted 05.15.2012 | Black Voices
Brandon Thomas

In a recent article in the Murfreesboro Pulse shock jock and local conservative talk radio personality Phil Valentine ignorantly discussed the issue of the racist headline that showed up on ESPN about Jeremy Lin, a basketball player for the New York Knicks.

Why Few Blacks Are Running For High Office In The Age Of Obama

The American Prospect | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

Even in the Age of Obama, serious impediments remain for the most ambitious black politicians....

Homelessness a Racial Matter: Why Are Black Families Over-represented in Homeless Shelters?

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Homelessness is primarily a poverty issue. In 2010, nearly one-quarter (23.3 percent) of black families lived in poverty, three times the rate of white families (7.1 percent).

March Madness

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.14.2012 | Sports
Doug Bradley

Why aren't we seeing to it that more of our student athletes graduate? That they all graduate?

Black Leaders Should Not Ignore Same-Sex Families of Color

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.05.2012 | Black Voices
Alvin McEwen

A new report is highlighting the plight of a population who always seem to be ignored when African-American leaders begin debating issues pertaining to the community. The report gives a number of good solutions to this problem. I have a solution, too.

The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

Brian Ross | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Brian Ross

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

Trymaine Lee

TODAY: The Place To Buy Slave Shackles, Martin Luther King Jr.-Inscribed Book, Blood Tusk | Trymaine Lee | Posted 03.01.2012 | Black Voices

As the midday rush on an exhibition floor at the Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan cooled earlier this week, curator Wyatt Houston Day floated arou...

The End In Sight? The Waning Of A Racist Mormon Fringe

Samuel Brown | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Samuel Brown

Until the malevolent nonsense masquerading as historical theology about race is exposed to public view, the Church may prove unable to purify itself entirely of the stain of prior racism.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.30.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...

Debunking the Stereotype That Blacks Don't Swim

Tetsuhiko Endo | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Tetsuhiko Endo

The numbers tell us that many black people don't swim. Our interpretation, however, is that black people are not swimmers, which is wrong.

Black Job Seekers are Still at the Back of the Bus

Algernon Austin | Posted 04.25.2012 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

When we celebrate Black History Month, we often celebrate the successes of the Civil Rights Movement. But I never hear anyone speak of the many goals that the Movement did not achieve. One such goal is the goal of full employment for African Americans.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Purnell Shields

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
Megan Smolenyak

D.T. lived in hopeful expectation, but even today, it's stunning to think that the life of this one-time slave overlapped with that of his great-granddaughter, Marian, who now resides in the White House.