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Kara Walker Addresses Art and Controversy at the Newark Public Library

Jessica Kramer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Jessica Kramer

Kara Walker is no stranger to controversy. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the African-American visual artist addressed a room of more than 100 people in New Jersey's Newark Public Library to talk about her work and its most recent firestorm.

The Denali Movement

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Cat del Valle Castellanos

In 1913, four men reached the South Summit of Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley. A century later, on June 13th, a team of seven men and three women will make news when they do the same: These new explorers of America's heights are predominately African-American.

Don't Cut, Invest! Why the Obama Administration Should Support a Federal Job Guarantee Program

Alan A. Aja | Posted 05.12.2013 | Black Voices
Alan A. Aja

The Obama administration should ignore the irresponsible narrative of austerity-economics. The president holds the mandate, given overwhelming support from the African Americans and Latinos during re-election bid, to combat persistent unemployment in these communities.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 1

Debra Devi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

If you haven't paid a visit to the Mississippi Delta yet, plan one now to this starkly beautiful, richly musical place. You'll thank me as you roll down 61, with cotton fields fanning out on either side under an impossibly wide blue sky.

Liquid Confidence

Lester Brathwaite | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Lester Brathwaite

I've always been terribly insecure -- though always secure enough in myself to admit it. No matter my accomplishments, I've never been able to over...

America's Racial Wealth Gap Is Fixable

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

America's yawning racial wealth gap gets mentioned only rarely in political and policy discussions -- perhaps the only thing rarer is for a political leader to suggest that this problem can actually be fixed.

Hope in Change

Tim King | Posted 04.30.2013 | Crime
Tim King

Our changes must go beyond simple gun control; they must be thoughtful, comprehensive and persistent. Controlling the proliferation of guns is important, but supporting educational and community programs are our best bet to break the cycle of violence.

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...

The Case for Battleground Texas

Jeremy Bird | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

Grassroots voices were enormously successful in 2012 and 2008. So where do we go from here? How do we continue to engage Americans in the democratic process and make our politics better reflect our population? One of the answers is in Texas -- a state that is at a political crossroads.

The Voting Rights Act: We Still Need It

Alex Palombo | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

Yes, we've come a long way since 1965. But voter rights have taken steps backward in progress over the past few elections, and it cannot be allowed to continue.

Not Quite a Nation of Immigrants

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

As we celebrate Black History Month, let's remember the history of black people and how most of our ancestors came to this country, and let that history inform the way we talk about a need for immigration reform.

Top 10 Reasons Why People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

Sophia Kerby | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia Kerby

Sequestration will impact all Americans but will have a particularly harmful effect on communities of color, who were hit first and worst by the Great Recession and have yet to significantly feel the effects of the recovery.

The Boy Scouts of America: Another Closed Door for Black GBTQ Youth

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Boy Scouts of America's position on GBTQ scouts is unquestionably discriminatory, and its hesitancy to swiftly remove its ban dishonors the organization's goal and philosophy

If Ann Coulter Were Black

David Dent | Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices
David Dent

It must be so frustrating to be an Obama-hater now. Perhaps it is like being a liberal who did not consider Ronald Reagan to be the God of the White House in the '80s.

Washington Redskins, Blackskins or Yellowskins?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Sports
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Without question this town has a problem with racism. It's evident in how white the branches of the federal government remain, how geographically divided D.C. is along racial lines. Few of these inequities, however, can be as quickly corrected as the Washington Redskins' racist moniker.

Diversity, Drive and Determination in the Kitchen

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Taste
Marcus Samuelsson

Black people had to work really hard to get out of the kitchen and now they have to work really hard to get back in. Black chefs are underrepresented in fine dining kitchens. But we're getting there.

Solving Poverty: Poverty Is the New Racism

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

In Dr. King's day the issue seemed to be one of love or hate, but today the issue is less about love or hate, and more about of what I would call "radical indifference."

Unsung Hero Speaks to America About Voting Rights Act

Glen Browder | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Just as those black and white photos of Rosa Parks could not capture the continuing fight she waged in her community, the Times picture and interview fail to communicate how much Gray has done for voting rights.

Family Members in Need: Why Middle Class Blacks Can't Get Ahead

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

The gap between the household wealth of black and white families is massive. There are lots of reasons for this difference and a new study offers great data on one of them: the need to assist poor relatives.

Rebel Yelp

Brian Palmer | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Brian Palmer

I knew it was counterintuitive for an African-American (me) to visit Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy two days before Martin Luther King Day and the second inauguration of our first black president. But I went anyway, because I'm on a journey into a past I didn't know I had.

The United States and Africa: Hopes for the President's Second Term

Rev. Derrick Boykin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Derrick Boykin

The United States has played a meaningful role in Africa's progress. As President Barack Obama's second term begins, AAVA urges him to ensure that our nation's policies toward Africa make justice and equal partnership key principles of engagement.

Mentoring Matters: Bolstering the Success of Young Black and Latino Males Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom

Roderick Carey | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

If you are a successful black/Latino male, or someone who cares about the fate of young males of color in particular, you have tremendous potential and capacity to mentor.

Desiline Victor and Black History Month

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Joseph A. Palermo

When President Obama paid tribute to Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old African-American woman who was forced to wait hours to cast her ballot last November, he was highlighting not only the Florida Republican Party's voter suppression efforts but the tortured history of race relations in America.

New Fair Housing Rule at HUD Signals Renewed Commitment to Civil Rights in President Obama's Second Term

Philip Tegeler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Philip Tegeler

For years, housing and the American Dream have been inextricably linked. By acting on the fair housing initiatives it began to develop during President Obama's first term, HUD can help disadvantaged Americans settle into communities with quality homes, schools and employment opportunities.

Race and Obama's Second Term -- Part II: Solutions

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

In a nation where "minorities" will soon be the majority, inequality is an invitation to disaster. So let me propose two additional agenda items for the president.