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How Post Offices Can Provide an Alternative to Payday Lending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The federal government has a history of intervening to provide important services not offered by the private sector. And with a gap in the financial services arena for low- to moderate-income Americans, the U.S. Postal Service is a great fit to meet this demand.

Is Black Mosque Not Black Enough?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The "Black Mosque" voice and story must be part of the overall narration of black history in this country. This month-long attempt to remember and honor black history cannot be complete and authentic if it continues to selectively highlight certain stories within "black history" and continues to exclude and disregard others.

Jesse Jackson, 1984: A Transformative Campaign

James Zogby | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Those of us who participated in that 1984 campaign will never forget the experience. It was historic, it was pure excitement, and it unleashed a dynamic that helped to change American politics forever.

Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation and Commodities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

One of the most annoying sidebars of Michael Sam's coming out is how some LGBTs who will take it upon themselves to play armchair psychologist and proclaim the African-American community intrinsically homophobic.

The Vulnerable Need Environmental Education Too

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Kathleen Rogers

Our initial attempts to create environmental educational materials that would resonate with minority voters produced limited results. But we found common ground and our coalition produced long-term friendships and shared history.

Leap Forward: Why We Need to Think Bigger on Climate Resilience

Jeremy Hays | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Jeremy Hays

So far, the conversation on climate resilience has been too narrow. It often overlooks some of the key components that have proven to make the difference in how a community survives a heat wave, a flood, a fire, or a hurricane.

I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Ferrari Sheppard

Contrary to what's been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency.

An HIV Status Doesn't Make You Damaged Goods

Jamar Rogers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jamar Rogers

You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.

Moral March Rallies in Raleigh to Transform North Carolina

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday, February 8, as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.

12 Years a Slave and the Questioning of Race

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
American Anthropological Association

Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.

A Must-See: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kathleen Buckstaff

I'd reach in my purse -- it's a true woman's purse, deep and full of everything -- and I'd open my notebook. "Here's one quote from the movie I loved. I believe it was from a poem of hers."

The New Black: A Review

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

LGBT members of the African American community have long been citizens of this nation in name only. Despite the assurances of the words enshrined in our 14th amendment, and the 1964 civil rights act, LGBT African Americans have been without a voice for centuries.

You Won't Believe What I Learned From Our Black Elders

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Being older, it's even worse. People see you as an easy target, like you can't defend yourself because maybe you use a cane and walk a little slower or trust too easily."

Cheerios Embraces Ethnic Norm Shifting, But There Are Brand Missteps

Stephen Palacios | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Palacios

Everyone is talking about Cheerios! The New York Times (article), Fox News, MSNBC and others have made an inter-ethnic family the cause de jour (MSN...

Langston Hughes: A Life Dreamed in Letters

Afaa Michael Weaver | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Afaa Michael Weaver

Hughes' was a courage we speak of when we speak of great people, people of an imponderable depth of spirit. He gave his life to his work, and to his people, and to his nation in the face of adversity that would crush most aspiring poets.

Keep Going: Harriet Tubman's Legacy

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Harriet was born into slavery and raised in a world with no hope. Still, she dreamed her dreams and did what she had to do. She broke the law of the land by following the North Star to freedom. Where did a woman who was whipped as a child get that kind of courage?

How the Banking Industry Can Help Combat Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.

Pam Oliver, Indifference, and the Disrespecting of Black Women

Kumera Genet | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.

The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend

Ted Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution.

'I Don't Think Homophobia Is Something That Has A Color'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Author Rob Smith spoke at length about homophobia in the African-American community in an appearance on HuffPost Live this week. Of the perception...

An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Felt Bad for Me at Yoga

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

I'm not sure what you thought you saw in my eyes, but, believe me, I don't resent your body or your whiteness for a very simple reason. I don't envy them.

Tackling Talent Bias On and Off the Field

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Whether you admired or abhorred -- or simply ignored -- Richard Sherman's 15-second rant moments after his interception helped the Seattle Seahawks get to the Super Bowl, we should all be grateful for one thing.

Must End Gentrification to Advance Economic Equity

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Nationally there is much to be done that can address the record level of American economic inequality. It is a fight which must occur city by city. Growing economic inequality will only cease with an end to gentrification.

Paint the Town Red (and Black) for Heart Disease in Women

Tené T. Lewis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
Tené T. Lewis

Every February, I call my mother, my three sisters and several of my girlfriends to remind them to wear red on National Wear Red Day -- to promote heart disease awareness in women.

The State of the Union and African Americans

Spencer Overton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Spencer Overton

The 2014 speech emphasizes three primary themes -- opportunity, action, and optimism. Opportunity initially appears the most relevant to African Americans. Both action and optimism, however, are perhaps even more important, because they prompt African Americans to proactively define both short-term and long-term policy priorities.