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Trayvon Martins Are Everywhere

Debbie Hines | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unfortunately, most blacks have at some time, whether they knew it or not, probably looked suspicious and "up to no good" to a white person. Trayvon Martins are everywhere.

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...

Mother of a Martyr: What I Learned From Mamie Till Mobley

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

She did not say that it might not be safe for her son, with his Chicago manners and his only-child penchant for showing off, to be in Mississippi that summer. She did not say that he had to stay only where she could see him.

Post-Zimmerman Verdict: What About That NSA Scandal and Snowden?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

For the most part, those who are most strenuously protesting their civil liberties being trampled upon by the NSA will never be subjected to the experiences I've had to deal with.

First Fix Families, Then Worry About Schools

Alex Reichert | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Alex Reichert

In my last article, I argued that the US will never be able to "fix" its school system until we fix our families and cultivate a culture of education....

The African's Migration to Black America, Part I

Aya Saed | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Aya Saed

Born to Sudanese parents in an Arabian city, my introduction to American patriotism and race relations came from the classroom.

Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

Sonny Singh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sonny Singh

Our knee-jerk reaction to this horrific incident of racial profiling and racist violence are indicative of how this country remains stuck in an outdated, black-white racial paradigm.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

The New American Way

Evan Handler | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Evan Handler

What do I think about Trayvon Martin's death? I think the people who passed the laws, as they stand in Florida, made his death inevitable. If not his, certainly someone else's.

Washington Watch: Week 24 -- "After Trayvon Does it Matter?"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

Following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, and recent news concerning the status of people of color in the country (particularly Africa...

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 15, 2013 edition.) Government agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rou...

The Fear of More George Zimmermans

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

It's the fear that a teenager with his whole life ahead of him, doing nothing but being who he was, walking at night in the rain to be with his family that seared a hole in so many of our hearts.

No Justice, No Peace

Charles Howard | Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion
Charles Howard

So now that we see that there is neither justice nor peace, what is next? We must work for both: To fix a broken justice system and a to fix the broken peace within our hearts and within our communities.

Moving Beyond Dirty Coal

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.11.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Climate change is more than an environmental issue. It is important to remember who is most affected by climate change, and specifically by coal pollution: low-income communities and communities of color.

Renting and Saving for Your Financial Future

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

If we are to create a racially inclusive and prosperous 21st century economy, we need to develop asset-building opportunities that benefit all Americans, not just the wealthiest homeowners.

Unhappy Campers: Ethnicity and the Standard of Beauty

Stephen Palacios | Posted 07.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

Sitting in a New Delhi restaurant a few years ago, our Indian tour guide told us that his daughter was living in New York, which is where we live. He ...

WATCH: Was 'The Cosby Show' Realistic About Race?

OWN | Posted 07.10.2013 | OWN

For eight seasons, actress Phylicia Rashad played TV's favorite mom on "The Cosby Show." As Clair Huxtable, Rashad portrayed a strong, confident lawye...

Why So Many People Believe Blacks Are America's Racists

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The far more insidious thing than accusing blacks of being America's top bigots is that it makes it much easier to ignore or outright assail laws, statutes, policies and initiatives that were hard fought over to put on the books to protect rights and eliminate discrimination.

America Owes African-Americans More

Chris Williams | Posted 09.02.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

Last week, the Supreme Court participated in one of the most egregious forms of judicial activism in our country's history by striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

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 ...