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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.

It Ain't Just About the Word: Tell Us How You Really Feel, Riley

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The fact that Cooper felt comfortable uttering the nigger word in public speaks volumes to its continued usage in popular culture.

Riley Cooper: Is He Good Enough for a Second Chance? Yes and I'll Tell You Why

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 10.06.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

The NFL wants to show the world that racial bigotry will not be tolerated, and should you use racially charged language, we will destroy your career. They also just want it to go away. If this is the direction they choose it will be pretty sad, not only for Riley Cooper, but for the Eagles, the NFL and this country.

Visions of Stars -- The Other Blacks With Power

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

In light of this very somber weekend with the decision regarding Trayvon Martin, I didn't know if it would be a good idea to release a story about the highlight of my trip to Miami to cover the American Black Film Festival.

New Orleans to unveil Claiborne expressway options in September

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 5, 2013 edition.) In community meetings last winter and spring, New Orleans reside...

Our Stories: Babylon Sisters

Yvonna Russell | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

The film project Babylon Sisters deserves our support for a master storyteller's passionate and compelling voice on the inhumane issue of human trafficking today.

Echoes of Cosby in Don Lemon's Call For Blacks to Clean up Their Act

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

This is not to say that Mr. Lemon is completely wrong, and that blacks (and all humans) should not strive to do better. The problem arises when this is taken out of context.

Trayvon Martin and Implicit Bias

Eva Paterson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime
Eva Paterson

I have read that the brain processes 400 billion bits of information a second, but we are only aware of 2,000 of those. We do not have time to sort through and analyze all these information so our brain and mind take shortcuts.

Don Lemon and Media Violence Against Young Black Men

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 10.03.2013 | Media
Antwaun Sargent

Don Lemon's comments are reminiscent of the media violence that has played out across news broadcast with reports that have called young black men crack babies, predators, dropouts, absentee fathers, and thugs. Reports that have captured the American imagination, and created moral panic.

Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Moving forward, Social Security must evolve to address the needs of lower-earning workers. However, future retirees can also take steps to ensure they have the resources to maintain their standard of living through old age.

Swami Vivekananda and His Legacy of Social Justice

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Next month will mark the 120th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's landmark speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, but a key aspect of his American trip continues to be overlooked for its significance in the ongoing struggle for civil rights and human dignity.

No Economic Recovery Without Addressing 21st Century Racial Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.30.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

To move the country forward we cannot and should not focus just on one race or ethnic group. But in order to advance the country as a whole we must look at all of her parts.

Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Billionaire P.A. Reacts to African American Racial Questions (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

My goal is to examine the concept of racial literacy. Race should not be a taboo topic to be avoided in everyday dialogue. Rather, I believe we can only improve race relations by learning to ask -- and speak -- more respectfully about each other's race.

The State of Black Men From an American President

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The president's view, although unpopular in the eyes of many of his white conservatives colleagues, reminded people that racism is not a relic of our 400-year-old violent past, but instead, represents reality for substantial numbers of blacks who are frustrated and disillusioned.

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

Danielle Schlanger

Obama's Urban Affairs Office Brings Hope But Not Much Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. WASHINGTON -- Less than a week af...

Inaugural African American Hepatitis C Action Day: Get Tested, Get Treated and Get the Word Out

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

I believe it's not only a decision, but also a duty. Getting tested and getting treated is making a commitment to your family, friends, other loved ones, and our entire community that Hepatitis C will not destroy us. We have too much to live for and too much work to do.

Book Excerpt: He's a Different Kind of Black

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

As I mentioned in the opening chapter about Lorenzo, I attended high school in Sacramento, California, in the mid-1980s. The community of my upbringing was middle-class, Asian-American, and suburban.

American Mortality Comparatively Higher Across All Age Groups

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The fact that the U.S. health care outcomes lag that of many other wealthy countries has been well established. What may surprise some is that the U.S. consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes across all stages of life.

Fixing Washington: Two New Books on What's Right and Wrong With Congress

Heath Brown | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Heath Brown

A summer of gridlock is clearly not good for the business of Washington or for its popularity. Thankfully, two new books help make some sense of what's right and wrong with Congress.

The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.

The Different Faces of Rebellion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

We should be careful not to dismiss subtle forms of fighting oppression, for they are no less valuable than street fights and mass strikes.

Give Girls Equal Time in Struggle Against Racism's Real Consequences

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Deborah Jacobs

What is often missing for those well-intentioned people trying to provide greater opportunities for African-American boys is the interconnectivity between the plights of disadvantaged girls and boys.