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Voter Suppression and the Immigrant Voice

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 11.16.2012 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

Pennsylvania is one of the states, around the country, where Republicans have passed a strict voter photo ID requirement law. On Thursday, September 1...

VIDEO: Godfrey's African Dad Had It Worse

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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Pragmatic Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Winning -- securing power, implementing their agenda -- is the whole point, and that means they have no choice but to put the big squeeze on Democrat-leaning voting blocs. And the most obvious of those blocs are racial and ethnic.

Does My Blackness Offend You?

Catherine Okafor | Posted 11.05.2012 | Black Voices
Catherine Okafor

Making reference to the N-word, slavery, Madea, and other derogatory and ignorant comments that some say when referring to African Americans is not cool to me. It has been something that has been on my mind for weeks. I can't seem to shake it off nor ignore it.

Yes, Mitt Romney, You Built That!

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 11.04.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

The GOP is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It is now the Party of Mitt, one willing to play to the fears and prejudices of the masses, instead of the hopes and aspirations that have kept this country going. Of course, he believes it's the only path to victory.

Tinkerbell Politics in Ohio

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted 11.04.2012 | Black Voices
Rebecca Wanzo

Belief is great, but infrastructure and safety nets are better. Belief can inspire and motivate, but it won't provide food, clothing, shelter, or medical care when you're sick. Belief doesn't DO anything. My six-year-old mother knew that, Governor Kasich. Why don't you?

Howard Fineman

The Man Who Is Obama's Problem | Howard Fineman | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I know that 21st-century campaigns are about micro-targeting individual voters using social media and laser-casting of print, web a...

The Ten Most Popular Black Celebrity Hairstyles

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.02.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Arogundade

I thought it might be interesting to check out the global monthly search stats on the hairstyles of black celebrities, to see whose was the most popular.

Two Nations, Divided, Under God

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The rhetoric in the 2012 election has been astonishingly divisive and loaded with innuendo, making this not a contest between two candidates or parties but between two "Americas."

Dunkin Donuts in Hot Water with African Americans

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Without a doubt, Dunkin Donuts wishes it could turn back the hands of time. Perhaps not in doing anything different with the group of people suing them, but they probably wish they could go back two weeks ago when the franchise focus of the week was all things Chick-fil-a!

Turbans, Hoodies, and Misdirected American Aggression

Christopher Emdin | Posted 10.24.2012 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Maybe the Sikh Shooting and the Trayvon Martin shooting aren't so different after all. Maybe all the lives that were lost were victims of misdirected American aggression against those who choose not to conform.

"Scraper Bikes for Life" Saves Lives in Oakland

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 10.23.2012 | Black Voices
Pamela Mays McDonald

Scraper Bikes are as personalized and attention-getting as "scraper" cars, but easier to afford, better for the environment, a healthy way to exercise and an outlet for creativity and mechanical skills.

The New Segregation: How Voting Laws Could Destroy Republicans and America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The last week has been all about Paul Ryan: his infamous budget, his fiscal extremism, his disdain for social safety nets like Medicaid, Medicare, and...

Beyond February: Black History and The Importance of Discovering Institutional Memory

Charles Howard | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

The presence of people of African descent on numerous teams across the globe is an open invitation to explore historic and contemporary migration patterns - both voluntary and involuntary - to broaden our perspectives about the world around us.

Voter ID Laws Are the New Poll Tax and Literacy Tests

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Debbie Hines

Unfortunately, many persons are not aware of the extent of the GOP's disenfranchisement efforts. The effects will linger and go far beyond President Obama and the 2012 election, if not stopped.

When Will African American Baby Boomers Be Counted

Beverly Mahone | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Beverly Mahone

Rarely do I read any health studies or statistics exclusively for older black adults -- unless it has to do with sickle cell anemia. The overwhelming majority of those studies cater to older white adults.

Chevron: The Toxic Threat Next Door

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 10.17.2012 | Black Voices
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Do we stand by and wait for the next oil disaster? Do we sit quietly while our kids struggle to breathe? Do we continue to spend our hard-earned dollars rewarding companies like Chevron with subsidies and tax breaks? Or do we change the game?

Upheld Pennsylvania ID Law Leaves Voters Voiceless at the Polls

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 10.17.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

With all these holes in Pennsylvania's voter ID law, exposing it as illogical and disenfranchising, perhaps one can understand Aichele's "I don't know" evasions. But this law simply cannot stand, and we will take our case straight to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Why Obama's Support For Same-Sex Marriage Won't Hurt Him Among African Americans

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Despite the fact that there is some dissonance between Obama's position and where black Americans are overall on this issue, there is simply no evidence it is driving a wedge between Obama and black voters.

U.S. Voting Rights Under Siege

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 10.09.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

As we reflect on the strides made 47 years ago, we remind our fellow citizens that each victory is taken, not given. And as we confront the modern-day era of voter suppression, it's time that we all start protecting the free, fair and accessible vote that defines the greatness of our nation.

Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month 2012: Six Principles of Giving for New Times

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

The contemporary black philanthropy movement must be inclusive of our young people as beneficiaries and as leaders of giving. Our mainstream organizations should all make explicit efforts to address youth issues.

Yes, Virginia, Islamophobia Is Racism

Nathan Lean | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Nathan Lean

Though it doesn't operate on overtly biological prejudices, it does divide the world between "superior" and "inferior" cultures, the latter of which are marginalized because of their ethnic background and belief system.

Dying to Give Life: The Paradox of Childbirth in the Motherland

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

A little over 100 years ago, childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for women in the United States. Since then, we have drastically reduced the numbers of maternal mortality.

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.