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Black Leaders Should Not Ignore Same-Sex Families of Color

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.05.2012 | Black Voices
Alvin McEwen

A new report is highlighting the plight of a population who always seem to be ignored when African-American leaders begin debating issues pertaining to the community. The report gives a number of good solutions to this problem. I have a solution, too.

The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

Brian Ross | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Brian Ross

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

Trymaine Lee

TODAY: The Place To Buy Slave Shackles, Martin Luther King Jr.-Inscribed Book, Blood Tusk | Trymaine Lee | Posted 03.01.2012 | Black Voices

As the midday rush on an exhibition floor at the Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan cooled earlier this week, curator Wyatt Houston Day floated arou...

The End In Sight? The Waning Of A Racist Mormon Fringe

Samuel Brown | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Samuel Brown

Until the malevolent nonsense masquerading as historical theology about race is exposed to public view, the Church may prove unable to purify itself entirely of the stain of prior racism.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.30.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...

Debunking the Stereotype That Blacks Don't Swim

Tetsuhiko Endo | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Tetsuhiko Endo

The numbers tell us that many black people don't swim. Our interpretation, however, is that black people are not swimmers, which is wrong.

Black Job Seekers are Still at the Back of the Bus

Algernon Austin | Posted 04.25.2012 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

When we celebrate Black History Month, we often celebrate the successes of the Civil Rights Movement. But I never hear anyone speak of the many goals that the Movement did not achieve. One such goal is the goal of full employment for African Americans.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Purnell Shields

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
Megan Smolenyak

D.T. lived in hopeful expectation, but even today, it's stunning to think that the life of this one-time slave overlapped with that of his great-granddaughter, Marian, who now resides in the White House.

Black History Month Is Real

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Black History Month provides everybody in the world with a window into the lives of African-American pioneers and pacemakers that had overcome adversity on all levels. That's why Black History Month is real!

Shame on Us: Intolerable Inequality in U.S. Infant Mortality

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Even as it leads the planet in medical and scientific accomplishments, the United States also has some downright shameful disparities in its health care, and one of the worst is in the area of infant mortality.

Academy Award Voters Need Diversity in Script

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Hollywood sets styles, captures imaginations, touches dreams. Worldwide, movies provide people with much of what they think about America. Yet, the 5,765 voting members of the Academy are far from representative of the moviegoing public.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Rebecca Jumper (aka Coleman)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.22.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Michelle's maternal grandmother, Rebecca Jumper, did an admirable job of keeping her past a secret, but that's probably because she didn't know much about it herself. That's unfortunate, because hers is an intriguing history.

Opening My Eyes To Poverty On A Greyhound Bus

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Paul Stoller

When you take a Greyhound Bus it is difficult to close your eyes to the face of poverty in America.

Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), Only Woman Quoted in Current U.S. Passport

Kate Kelly | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Kate Kelly

Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964) is not a household name, nor is she someone encountered in most U.S. history books. Yet throughout her life, she fervently pushed for progress, particularly for education and progress for African-American women

The Golden Years: One Step Forward or Several Steps Back?

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

While the recent drop in unemployment numbers is great news, I wonder about how it will impact older African-American baby boomers. Our looming retirement security crisis, disproportionally affects African Americans, many of whom are retiring in poverty after a lifetime of work.

Hidden In The Open: A Photographic Essay Of African-American Male Couples

Posted 02.16.2012 | Gay Voices

The following essay and stunning photographs come to HuffPost Gay Voices courtesy of Trent Kelley, a Texas-based playwright. Kelley, who says he colle...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's providential for Michelle's sake that LaVaughn ever met Fraser C. Robinson, Jr. because he would have much preferred to never leave the South.

Rex Sinquefield Apologizes For Comment Linking Schools With KKK

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education

After sparking controversy by quoting a former judge who stated the Klu Klux Klan designed the American public school system to hurt African-Americans...

Voice To Voice: LaWana Mayfield And Rhonda Watlington Discuss African-American LGBT History, Obama, And More

Posted 02.13.2012 | Gay Voices

Our Voice To Voice conversation series began in January with a collection of interviews between LGBT authors discussing their work, queer life and som...

A Teachable Moment for CNN's Roland Martin and GLAAD

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.10.2012 | Media
Debbie Hines

Two wrongs don't make a right. Roland Martin's offensive tweets were wrong. GLAAD's handling of the matter was also wrong. Hopefully, CNN will not make a third wrong in firing Roland Martin or delaying his on air comeback.

Before Obama: Remembering Black Reconstruction Era Politicians

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Every February, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of outstanding African Americans. Why? Because it allows us to pay homage to our ances...

Many With Only High School Diploma Laid Off During Weak Recovery

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

For many in the United States, the two years since the end of the recession have been worse than the downturn itself. Among those Americans with o...

Beyond National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Openness Every Day

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 04.08.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

For National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to recall how one man's insistence on openness and honesty about AIDS in the black community generated support and saved lives in Los Angeles and beyond.

Shattering the Silence Around HIV/AIDS in the Black Community

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 04.08.2012 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Out of love for our people and ourselves, we have to find constructive ways to embrace human sexuality without judgment. Our people are dying simply because those of us who have the power to save lives have not dealt with our own hang-ups.

'African American'? 'Black'? How To Identify Is Often A Touchy Question

AP | By JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 04.06.2012 | Black Voices

-- The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House. Today, many are re...