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Obama's Climate Plan Must Build for Tomorrow, Address the Needs of Vulnerable Communities Today

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Black Voices
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Simultaneously, an effective climate plan must also include measures that will protect Americans who are most vulnerable right now. While the pollution that causes climate change threatens all of us, low-income communities and people of color are hit first and worst.

Forgotten Heroes

Gregory Allen Howard | Posted 08.25.2013 | Sports
Gregory Allen Howard

As we enter the 50-year anniversary of all things civil rights: the Civil Rights Bill, the Freedom Rides, and Freedom Summer, where is the tribute for Tommie and John?

We Love Festival Season

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- African-American style and identity, endangered languages and Hungarian culture get the spotlight treatment at this year's Smithsonian F...

WATCH: What Never To Say To A Dark-Skinned Girl

OWN | Posted 08.24.2013 | OWN

The worst part: it was her mother who said it

Job Hunting With a Criminal Record

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

It's hard enough finding a job these days without having to explain a criminal record. According to a hiring discrimination study conducted by Princeton professor Devah Pager, having a criminal record may cut your chances of getting hired by half.

South Louisiana's affordable LA Swift bus, started after Katrina, might be saved

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 24, 2013 edition.) Bus service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on LA Swift--whi...

My Conversation With India.Arie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Recently, India was accused of bleaching her skin to lighten her complexion which, in our conversation, she forcefully denies.

Changing Perception of Arabs Through Tabloid Culture

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 08.19.2013 | TV
Faisal Al-Juburi

If people begin to understand through a certain amount of media osmosis that a person of Arab lineage can be one of two personality types on either end of the spectrum, then the hope is that they will also be able to fill in the rest.

Fathers in Rhyme

Jason Williams | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Williams

Hip Hop music is sometime accused of being tone deaf on important social issues. Not only in their music but also their actions these fathers and many more like them within the Hip Hop community show is the private choice of fathering your children will have a very public impact.

The War on Marijuana Has a Latino Data Problem

Lynda Garcia | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Lynda Garcia

The UCR's failure to track Latino arrests as a separate category also conceals the racially targeted policing that we suspect is at play in Latino communities, just as it is in black communities.

Jim Crow in the North: Ending Stop and Frisk in NYC

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 08.14.2013 | New York
Yousef Abukhdair

To say all police officers in New York City take advantage of their power and persecute people of color would be absurd, but to say that none of them do like Mayor Bloomberg suggested is equally absurd.

Blacks, Bill Cosby and Deviance

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Dr. Cosby is continuously making it harder for me to vouch for him. A recent piece by the entertainer titled "A Plague Called Apathy" has a slice of the black media and blogosphere up in arms, and the other part looking at him askance with a serious side-eye.

Foreign Policy Wishes for Father's Day

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

As a father, I question myself: what am I -- and what are we - -going to do over the next two decades to ensure that our children, when their time has come to lead, have a better world in front of them, just as we have had?

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

They can sing a joyful noise. In pitch-perfect harmony. Never missing a beat. Yet they rarely take center stage. Why? Background singers, are the unsung heroes of music.

The Apollo Spring Gala Honors Chaka Khan

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Khan follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and other world-renown musicians who have graced the stage of the 79 year-old theater and been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

If It's Broke, Fix It: President's Economic Agenda, Paired with Action on Climate Change, Is a Winning Strategy for Building a New Economy

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Reshoring our manufacturing sector will do a lot to revive our economy. America needs to start making things again. And if we do it by doubling clean energy production and rebuilding our infrastructure, we'll help fight climate change, too.

Trayvon Martin Is Still 'Our Son,' But What About Our Daughters?

j.n. salters | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While Trayvon's murder sparked much discussion about racism in our country, it should also call attention to sexism, particularly as it intersects with racism to distinctively affect the lives of African-American women.

Let's Not Settle for Less

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

A new national survey of African-Americans paints a fascinating picture: over half of those polled report that their lives have generally improved in recent years. But what of the other half, who report lower satisfaction with their lives -- especially lower-income African-Americans?

A Broken System Perpetuates Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I live in a vital, racially and ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhood and I watch it happen -- racial profiling, the stop-and-frisk game. This is not making my neighborhood safer. It's wrecking lives at enormous public expense.

WATCH: Tyler Perry On The REAL Reason Hollywood Lacks Roles For Black Actresses

OWN | Posted 06.05.2013 | OWN

Hollywood has often been criticized for its lack of consistently available roles for black actresses. As a producer actively creating roles for Africa...

ACLU Report: Racist Marijuana Laws Target Blacks

Tom Angell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Tom Angell

While marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.

New Survey Takes A Snapshot Of The View From Black America | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices

You might think that African-Americans might be more pessimistic about their lives. The housing crisis decimated pockets of black wealth. The black un...

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

Who Was Essie May Jones?

Meryl Hartstein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
Meryl Hartstein

Who was Essie May Jones? To me she was the smartest woman I had ever met. She was strong and steadfast yet kind and fun. She would take a bus twice a ...

'What's a 'N-word' Mommy?'

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.29.2013 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

As the mother of a mixed-race 8-year old, I often think about how to keep my son's eyes, ears, and heart, open to the realities and ignorance of racism. He and a friend recently saw the movie 42, and for the first time, heard the 'n-word' thrown around like a baseball.