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WATCH: Do African-Americans Need To Wear Sunscreen?, From Dr. Nancy Snyderman

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

If you have dark skin, do you still need to wear sunscreen? Dr. Nancy Snyderman joined me to answer this important question. Check out more useful...

Will the Real Black People of Atlanta Please Stand Up

Kelly Smith Beaty | Posted 08.20.2012 | Black Voices
Kelly Smith Beaty

How is it that a city which was once the crowning jewel in the story of black America has allowed itself to be positioned as the melting pot of black affliction? The Atlanta that I knew and grew up in was one of great pride and self-respect.

College Pays Off More For One Group

Posted 06.17.2013 | Los Angeles

More than any other group in California, African Americans stand to gain the most significant lift out of poverty from earning a college degree, accor...

Does Accuracy in History Matter? The Case of 'American Tapestry' and Michelle Obama's Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

Perhaps many reading this will consider me a relic to place so much weight on accuracy. If so, I suppose it's an occupational hazard as a genealogist's worth is measured largely in credibility, but what do you think?

Sikhs & Civil Rights: Standing on the Shoulders of Dr. King

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

As a society, we have to recognize the broader importance of these sorts of moments and celebrate their contributions to our collective journey. They are especially valuable for drawing inspiration as we continue to fight the good fight.

Sabrina Siddiqui

NAACP Wants Romney To Address Health Care Reform At July Convention | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address the annual NAACP convention on July 11 in Houston, Texas, the organization confir...

A Health Care Call to Action for Men: Is There an App for That?

John M. Burns | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
John M. Burns

We need a healthy wireless infrastructure and healthy pro-marketplace governmental policies to ensure health -- not just for men, but for our country and for our economy.

Obama Campaign To Black Voters: 'We’ve Got Your Back'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign will launch its first national radio ad targeting African Americans on Tuesday, according to a report by...

Elise Foley

Joe Walsh: Jesse Jackson Wants To 'Keep African Americans Down On Some Plantation' | Elise Foley | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) isn't backing down from controversial comments he made last week about Rev. Jesse Jackson -- instead, he's rampi...

How Long Will We Let Them Poison Our Kids?

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 07.31.2012 | Black Voices
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Right now, I'm thinking about all those little kids -- especially in poor neighborhoods -- who want to play outside this summer, but can't, because the air is too dirty or their lungs are too weak. And I just can't make sense of a country that would trade children's lives for corporate profits.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

Elise Foley

Tea Party Congressman Makes ANOTHER Racist Remark | Elise Foley | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) made another controversial remark last week, telling constituents that Democrats want Hispanics to be dependent ...

We Must Choose Nonviolence

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 07.29.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Making our neighborhoods safe won't be easy. We need to provide the young with the best, not the worst, educational opportunities. We need the police to make protecting the citizens of those streets a greater priority.

(Video) NBC News 'theGrio' Builds Audience with Original Video

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.31.2013 | Black Voices
Andy Plesser

theGrio, the NBC News unit which targets African Americans, has built a growing audience and revenue model with original video, says co-founder Ba...

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

Why I Love Eating at Restaurants

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 07.24.2012 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Most retirees spend money doing things they couldn't afford or didn't have time for before they retired. My guilty pleasure is eating out. Here's why.

The Conservative Fantasy History Of Civil Rights

New York Magazine | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

The civil rights movement, once a controversial left-wing fringe, has grown deeply embedded into the fabric of our national story. This is a salutary ...

The Romney Hypocrisy: Bain, Job Creation Fallacies and the Working-Class White Vote

Edward Wyckoff Williams | Posted 07.18.2012 | Black Voices
Edward Wyckoff Williams

Perhaps Mitt Romney insists on making the 2012 campaign a referendum on President Obama's record, in an effort to ignore his own. The stark contrast between Barack's legacy and Mitt's lies could not be more apparent.

Learning The Reality Of Racism

Craig S. Keener | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Sometimes white people think that racism is a dead issue, because they do not experience it. Yet it is not wise to judge other people's experience based on our non-experience.

Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 07.14.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed? If he becomes a single-term President, will he become the symbol of why blacks can't be trusted with the office? Will it be like some sort of cultural experiment?

It Really is Okay to Earn the Black Vote, Mr. President

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 07.11.2012 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

The inconvenient truth about being the first Black president is the Black part. It seems America wants all of the credit for electing a man of color to the Oval Office but wants no part of the reality that race still matters in America.

On Marriage, African Americans Aren't a Monolithic Voting Bloc

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 07.10.2012 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

In 2008, I heard too many pundits imply that African Americans would automatically vote for President Obama simply because he is black. Today, I'm hearing that the only thing that will drive us away from him is the issue of marriage for gays and lesbians. Both assumptions are offensive.

Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.08.2012 | Women
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

African-American women must not be reluctant to discuss the issue of obesity if we are to address the health disparities that make us, and the children for whom we are primary caretakers, live sicker and shorter lives.

Toni Morrison: Building an American Home

Richard Z. Santos | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
Richard Z. Santos

Searching for home -- for a safe place to rest your head, grow a family, and be part of a community -- occupies the heart of Morrison's body of work. How fitting then that her latest book has such a simple title: Home.

Obama Presidency Lures Out Dormant Racism

Nicole Glass | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Nicole Glass

The end of a racist nation cannot just come from an integration of races in schools, the workplace and politics. It must come from a very personal change in perception. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed the law, but it's the people that change a culture.