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Beyond Kwanzaa: Embracing the New Black Diversity

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

For many Americans, our country's African heritage becomes real for one week every year during the December 26th-January 1st Kwanzaa celebration. We need to move beyond this week-long celebration to a fuller recognition of Africans' ongoing contributions to our community and nation.

Financial Lessons of the Holidays

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The holidays give us a moment to strengthen our bonds with family and show our thanks for all the blessings we normally take for granted. In the face of continued financial hardship, it's also a reminder to make the most of what we have.

An Urgent Call to Action: Curbing Violence in America

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

83. That is the number of Americans who die from gun violence each day. Unfortunately, it has taken the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week for our nation to truly grasp that we have a gun problem.

Do We Still Need Kwanzaa?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

As important as it is for African-Americans to have an appreciation for the continent of our origin, perhaps we have evolved to a point where Kwanzaa isn't as useful as it once was.

A Final Tribute to Romare Bearden

Bobby Elliott | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Bobby Elliott

Where other tributes were slight, uneven or unconventional, Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise is the sort of show I had been waiting for: a considerable, fairly balanced and clear celebration of America's greatest collage artist.

Django Unchained (*1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.

How Republicans Can Win Black Votes: Step One

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.10.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Recognizing that the party cannot survive with the country's changing demographics without diversifying its constituents, this speech is the first step in a concerted effort to attract the African-American vote.

FBI Report Shows Six Percent Decline in US Hate Crimes, But State Data Flawed

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

Today's annual numbers are the lowest reported since 1994 and are among the smallest since the FBI began collecting national data pursuant to the Hate Crime Statistics Act in the early 1990s.

The Obama Era: A New Age in American Politics

Brandon Hill | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Brandon Hill

Folks, it is a new day in America. There is a new kind of rhythm in the streets. There is a new kind of voice in the fray. There is a new kind of optimism in the wind. Welcome to the Obama Era.

The Black Church, Social Justice and the Fiscal Slope

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

A combination of swift tax hikes on lower- and middle-income earners and drastic cuts in social services would not only stunt economic growth, it would place an immediate burden on the most vulnerable. And unfortunately, a disproportionate number of the most vulnerable are African American.

Black Women Directors at the Helm

Yvonna Russell | Posted 01.29.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

We can all imagine the determination it took to kick through the glass ceiling for these talented women of color film directors.

How to Never Win Another Election

Robin Lakoff | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Why would members of a political party repeatedly antagonize potential voters? One reason: in their hearts they really do not believe that members of these groups are, or have any right to be, included as active participants in the political conversation of this country.

We Can't Afford To Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Whether you own a business, are receiving government assistance, are involved in theater or a health care nonprofit, live with or care about fighting HIV/AIDS or want to guarantee your civil rights, you have a stake in the results of keeping the nation from falling off the "fiscal cliff."

The Truth About Payday Loans

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.26.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A payday loan may seem like a short-term fix, but it's ultimately just another expense. In today's economy there are no easy answers for low- to moderate-income Americans struggling to pay the bills, but what will clearly never work is adding another high-cost loan.

Finding Diversity in America

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

In today's diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to see which neighborhoods best reflect American diversity.

The Fiscal Cliff: Maintaining a Circle of Protection for Children, Hungry People and the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

If we spend less on school lunches and food stamps to make the numbers add up on an Excel spreadsheet, we will indeed pay much more with poor performance in school and chronic health issues later.

Why Do We Tell Only Part of the Story When We Talk About Cancer?

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 01.19.2013 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

It is odd that for all this talk about cancer's effect, there is still so little coverage of toxic pollution -- which has been linked to cancer -- and how much more likely poor people and minorities are to be impacted by it.

DC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting Mobility

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.15.2012 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.

Spas and the Issue of Race Relations

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

The majority of esthetic (skin care) schools do not even teach how to care for ethnic skin. Thus begins the disenfranchisement of brown people (Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and bi-racial)in an industry that by its very nature is supposed to be empathetic and nurturing.

Post Election Day Social Media: Freedom of Speech or Intolerance?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
Bryan Cain-Jackson

The First Amendment protects our right to say what we wish freely without government interference, though this is typically when the comment does not come out in the form of a threat against the President of the United States.

The Last of the Loud

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

There is a line of folk wrapped around the White House who intend to collect on the Obama promissory note they've been holding since 2008. Where are African Americans in that line? Are African Americans even in the line?

The One Way To Turn On Your Body's Own Pharmacy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.13.2012 | Fifty

Transcendental meditation has been around since the 1950s, a simple practice that employs the recitation of a mantra to reduce stress and improve focu...

Curtis M. Wong

'30 Rock' Star Reveals Message For Gay Youth On New Album

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.15.2012 | Gay Voices

For a performer so deeply rooted in physical comedy, Tituss Burgess comes across as awfully moody on his new album, "Comfortable." But as it turns out...

Joy in Repetition: What Obama's Second Term Will Mean for Blacks and Latinos

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Smokey Fontaine

Obama's win was not about a racial moment or something else. It was about the proudest of black moments and the signifier of cultural shifts soon to transform our world.