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The 'Dream' Is Still Alive

Michael Steele | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

Dr. King's speech challenged the status quo of his time and now so must we. But we must first answer for our generation the question often asked of him: 'When will you be satisfied?'

Uncircling the Wagons: Philanthropists Who Didn't Cause Our Social Problems

Claudia Jacobs | Posted 10.29.2013 | Style
Claudia Jacobs

Peter Buffett's op-ed this summer in the New York Times pointed to the irony of the mega-wealthy cloaking themselves with the accoutrements of philant...

What Was the America of 'I Have a Dream' All About?

Carl Pope | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

I was only 18, 50 years ago yesterday, when, against official advice warning of violence, a few of my friends and I trekked to the Lincoln Memorial from suburban Maryland for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Evil, Thy Name Is Chicken

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.29.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

On the off chance you were one of the few Americans paying attention to the news in these waning days of summer, you may be forgiven for concluding that, in America, this was the week of the chicken. Seriously, chicken was everywhere.

The Eagle Flies

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

50 Years After the March on Washington: Racial Economic Inequality Beyond Black and White

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a multiracial movement. And like 50 years ago, today many of the disparities -- wealth, unemployment, and income -- are not only experienced by African Americans, but exist in varied forms among all people of color.

50 Years Later, How Can We Help Realize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

African-American talent urgently needs what one diversity expert calls "door-opening relationships" -- powerful links to senior executives willing to put their reputations on the line to promote their protégés all the way to the top.

Listen Up Candidates, Planning Matters: Two New Books on the History of Planning

Heath Brown | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Heath Brown

Two new books draw attention to the role planners and planning have played in the development of cities and suburbs in the U.S.

Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

A.J. Walkley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
A.J. Walkley

The media is a powerful tool that has the ability to shape and form public opinion. When She Smiles is one of the first few poetry videos released on All Def Poetry and I am beyond pleased that the bar has been set with queer content.

King's Dream Is Also an Immigrant Dream

Bertha Lewis | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

It's time to get rid of this unfair two-tier workforce. We need a commonsense immigration system that includes a realistic path to citizenship, keeps families together, raises standards for all working people and strengthens the economy.

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?

Public opposition to Plaquemines Parish coal terminals grows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Aug. 19, 2013 edition.) Louisiana, a major exporter of coal from other states, could shi...

Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media
Andrew Cotto

Charles Barkley has become a role model Or, at least, a voice worthy of a place at the table of public discourse. He's particularly candid and refreshing when it comes to matters of race.

50 Years After the March on Washington: The Growing Racial Wealth Divide

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.16.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Many of the demands advanced at the 1963 March on Washington led to considerable gains for African Americans. However, with respect to the wealth -- the area that impacts economic mobility the most -- African Americans are actually losing ground.

Nonprofits Bronx AIDS Services and CitiWide Harm Reduction Merge to Form BOOM!Health

Robert Cordero | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Robert Cordero

The newly merged and rebranded BOOM!Health organization will serve over 8,000 New Yorkers and will become one of the most comprehensive community-based service providers in the United States led by people of color.

Donnie McClurkin Not Being Truthful About Anti-Gay Comments (VIDEO)

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

Gay men are not the products of child molestation. It's an ugly thing to imply otherwise, and for McClurkin to now claim that he has not spoken derogatorily about gay people when there is hard evidence to the contrary is highly dishonest. One could even say he is lying.

What Is a Black Life Worth?

Chris Williams | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

Over the past four centuries, generations of black people have asked the question: What is a black life worth? The answer to this question has been complex. But, lately, it is a question that bears asking due to the increasing amount of black bodies populating city streets and morgues.

Holder Says the Obvious -- the Drug War Is a War on Minorities

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The scuttlebutt is that Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to say what has long been obvious to anyone who has the faintest notion about how the wildly failed, flawed war on drugs has been waged for three decades.

How the New Voter ID Laws are the Tonya Harding and New Orleans Saints of American Politics

Myisha Cherry | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Myisha Cherry

Sabotage may be accepted in war but should not be accepted in American politics. Our democracy is supposed to be for the people and by the people. To have this not be so, is to bring injury to citizens, our nation and the democratic process.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

50 Years After the March On Washington: The Economic Impacts of Education

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Over the past 50 years, we've seen substantive improvements in high school graduation rates and college graduation rates for African Americans. But, African Americans' educational progress has not translated into equivalent economic progress.

Outdated, Outnumbered, and Out of Time: The Coming Demise of the Republican Party

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Until the Republicans alter their beliefs and adjust their priorities, their empty gestures towards minorities will continue to be rejected. Even on the issue of immigration reform, the GOP's stance hardly gives the Latino population a reason to feel respected or included.

To My Young Black Brothers in the Struggle

Quassan Castro | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Real men cry. Real men do not associate power with violence against women. Real men seek solutions to problems rather than make excuses. Real men read for critical consciousness throughout an entire lifetime. Real men study. Real men write.

50 Years After the March on Washington: Where Are We Going in Wage Levels & Income?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Over the last 50 years, African Americans have made some economic progress. Yet, racial inequality remains high with African Americans earning 63 cents for every dollar earned by White Americans.