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Washington Redskins, Blackskins or Yellowskins?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Sports
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Without question this town has a problem with racism. It's evident in how white the branches of the federal government remain, how geographically divided D.C. is along racial lines. Few of these inequities, however, can be as quickly corrected as the Washington Redskins' racist moniker.

Diversity, Drive and Determination in the Kitchen

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Taste
Marcus Samuelsson

Black people had to work really hard to get out of the kitchen and now they have to work really hard to get back in. Black chefs are underrepresented in fine dining kitchens. But we're getting there.

Solving Poverty: Poverty Is the New Racism

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

In Dr. King's day the issue seemed to be one of love or hate, but today the issue is less about love or hate, and more about of what I would call "radical indifference."

Unsung Hero Speaks to America About Voting Rights Act

Glen Browder | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Just as those black and white photos of Rosa Parks could not capture the continuing fight she waged in her community, the Times picture and interview fail to communicate how much Gray has done for voting rights.

Family Members in Need: Why Middle Class Blacks Can't Get Ahead

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

The gap between the household wealth of black and white families is massive. There are lots of reasons for this difference and a new study offers great data on one of them: the need to assist poor relatives.

Rebel Yelp

Brian Palmer | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Brian Palmer

I knew it was counterintuitive for an African-American (me) to visit Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy two days before Martin Luther King Day and the second inauguration of our first black president. But I went anyway, because I'm on a journey into a past I didn't know I had.

The United States and Africa: Hopes for the President's Second Term

Rev. Derrick Boykin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Derrick Boykin

The United States has played a meaningful role in Africa's progress. As President Barack Obama's second term begins, AAVA urges him to ensure that our nation's policies toward Africa make justice and equal partnership key principles of engagement.

Mentoring Matters: Bolstering the Success of Young Black and Latino Males Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom

Roderick Carey | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

If you are a successful black/Latino male, or someone who cares about the fate of young males of color in particular, you have tremendous potential and capacity to mentor.

Desiline Victor and Black History Month

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Joseph A. Palermo

When President Obama paid tribute to Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old African-American woman who was forced to wait hours to cast her ballot last November, he was highlighting not only the Florida Republican Party's voter suppression efforts but the tortured history of race relations in America.

New Fair Housing Rule at HUD Signals Renewed Commitment to Civil Rights in President Obama's Second Term

Philip Tegeler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Philip Tegeler

For years, housing and the American Dream have been inextricably linked. By acting on the fair housing initiatives it began to develop during President Obama's first term, HUD can help disadvantaged Americans settle into communities with quality homes, schools and employment opportunities.

Race and Obama's Second Term -- Part II: Solutions

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

In a nation where "minorities" will soon be the majority, inequality is an invitation to disaster. So let me propose two additional agenda items for the president.

The Same Old Party

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The GOP can try to repackage their party by reaching out to all demographics. But, for many Americans, the GOP is just the same old party.

Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.10.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has the music world intrigued with the series of singles he's been releasing. I thought I'd take a peek into his pre-Minnesota, pre-purple, ancestral past. Here are a few of the discoveries I found scattered in the branches of his family tree:

Black History Month: Afro Latinas

Anthony Otero | Posted 04.10.2013 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

Afro-Latinas have made many noteworthy contributions and should be brought to light during this month of reflection. While most of us can easily identify a woman like Celia Cruz -- who will always remain the queen of Salsa -- here are just a few strong Afro-Latinas we should recognize.

What Indian Americans Can Learn During Black History Month

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices
Rajiv Malhotra

The playing field is level enough to advance up to a point, but without the anchor and security of a collective voice, high-achieving Indians will remain the solitary outsiders, easy to bring down. What does all this have to do with African Americans, one might wonder?

The Promise Of Equality: Fighting HIV Among African Americans

Ernest Hopkins | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Ernest Hopkins

By increasing HIV status awareness among disproportionately affected African-Americans, we can take full advantage of our new biomedical understanding of the value of treatment as prevention. This approach improves health outcomes for the individual, and for the greater community.

Black History Month 2013 Style

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.07.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

When I think of Black History Month, I reflect on the fact that black history was often deleted in the history books or inaccurately portrayed in the same books.

Ed Koch: A Inspiration For Black-Jewish Relations

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Even as he became a Jewish icon, Koch never forgot that he was mayor of all New Yorkers, striving to expand access to affordable housing and jobs for African-Americans and other minorities.

On Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday, Recalling a Rebellious Life Before and After the Montgomery Bus

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.06.2013 | Women
Democracy Now!

Born on Feb. 4, 1913, today would have been Rosa Parks' 100th birthday. On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a c...

Race and Obama's Second Term -- Part I

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

One of the most common questions I get is, "Why do you keep talking about race?" I'd say a better question is, "Why does America try so hard not to talk about race?" Discrimination didn't disappear when civil rights laws were passed, and its lingering effects remain a major factor in America.

Afro-Latinos and Black History Month

Anthony Otero | Posted 04.03.2013 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

February is called Black History month and, as Latinos, we need to understand our part in this celebration outside of the learning component. Latinos have a long history of African heritage within their linage that is not brought to light enough.

Reflecting on Martin Luther King's Words at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles in 1960

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices
Peter Samuelson

In Dr. King's speech at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, he seamlessly and completely places the U.S. civil rights struggle in the context of emancipation, liberation, justice and self-determination for all the colonial peoples in the world.

Re-election & Resilience: Why President Barack Obama's 2nd Inauguration Was the Most Inspiring Black Experience in Decades

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The second inauguration of President Barack Obama proved many things. For all the men who have had a misstep that they could not recover from, seeing Obama defy those obstacles yet again was a revelation in itself.

Immigration Reform Is a Civil Rights Issue

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Immigration reform is not about race or ethnicity. It is about building national unity and economic strength, the spirit of hard work, and common-sense solutions that are equal and fair for everyone no matter where they come from.

Time to Adopt Laws That Prevent Gun Violence, Like When We Adopted Laws to Prevent Racial Injustice

Caroline Brewer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Black Voices
Caroline Brewer

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, Americans understand, as King did 50 years ago when he spoke on the National Mall, that truly we are better than this. We must affirm "the sacredness of human life" and move swiftly toward the sunlight of a safer nation.