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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.

Original Copy Of Historic Document Sells For Millions

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — A rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation sold Tuesday at a New York auction for more than $2 mil...

US Infant Mortality Rate Higher Than Other Wealthy Countries

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

We usually don't think about infant mortality in the United States. We associate it with the developing world or with the distant past. The fact that the U.S. has the highest infant mortality is not because of a lack of specialists or facilities.

Our Souls to Keep

Rev. Gwen Thomas | Posted 08.19.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Gwen Thomas

If we don't consider evolving in our parenting styles and discipline methods, we may perpetuate the notion that violence is the logical response to perceived wrongdoing.

WATCH: Do African-Americans Need To Wear Sunscreen?, From Dr. Nancy Snyderman

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

If you have dark skin, do you still need to wear sunscreen? Dr. Nancy Snyderman joined me to answer this important question. Check out more useful...

Will the Real Black People of Atlanta Please Stand Up

Kelly Smith Beaty | Posted 08.20.2012 | Black Voices
Kelly Smith Beaty

How is it that a city which was once the crowning jewel in the story of black America has allowed itself to be positioned as the melting pot of black affliction? The Atlanta that I knew and grew up in was one of great pride and self-respect.

College Pays Off More For One Group

Posted 06.17.2013 | Los Angeles

More than any other group in California, African Americans stand to gain the most significant lift out of poverty from earning a college degree, accor...

Does Accuracy in History Matter? The Case of 'American Tapestry' and Michelle Obama's Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

Perhaps many reading this will consider me a relic to place so much weight on accuracy. If so, I suppose it's an occupational hazard as a genealogist's worth is measured largely in credibility, but what do you think?

Sikhs & Civil Rights: Standing on the Shoulders of Dr. King

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

As a society, we have to recognize the broader importance of these sorts of moments and celebrate their contributions to our collective journey. They are especially valuable for drawing inspiration as we continue to fight the good fight.

Sabrina Siddiqui

NAACP Wants Romney To Address Health Care Reform At July Convention | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address the annual NAACP convention on July 11 in Houston, Texas, the organization confir...

A Health Care Call to Action for Men: Is There an App for That?

John M. Burns | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
John M. Burns

We need a healthy wireless infrastructure and healthy pro-marketplace governmental policies to ensure health -- not just for men, but for our country and for our economy.

Obama Campaign To Black Voters: 'We’ve Got Your Back'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign will launch its first national radio ad targeting African Americans on Tuesday, according to a report by...