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(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.

An Unexpected Encounter: Putting My Anti-Racism Training to Work

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

If I hadn't been at the Anti-Racism Training that day, would I have been so quick to invite this unknown African American man into my car? And give him that much money?

Ministers Betray the Black Community by Defending Race-Baiting Group

Alvin McEwen | Posted 06.24.2012 | Black Voices
Alvin McEwen

The National Organization for Marriage has been steadily attempting to blunt the charges that it is trying to drive a wedge between the black and gay communities on the subject of marriage equality.

Novelists Who Were More Enlightened Than Their Era

Dave Astor | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

The 1800s were of course a time of blatant racism, and many authors reflected that by depicting fictional characters of color in horribly stereotyped ways. Or they omitted those characters entirely, as if the world was populated by whites only.

Race Controversy In Seinfeld Super Bowl Acura Ad (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

Think black actors have it tough in the movies? If casting standards for the Super Bowl Acura commercial with Jerry Seinfeld were any indication, the ...

Will Trayvon Martin Be A Watershed Moment in Race Relations? That Depends On You

Melanie Coffee | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

Now that George Zimmerman has been charged in Trayvon Martin's death, I am wondering what's next. I'm not talking about the next steps in the judicial process, I want to know what's next when it comes to America's relationship with race.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

Dan Persons | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.

Bringing the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement Into 21st Century Classrooms

Charlayne Hunter-Gault | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

How do we encourage young people at home and abroad, in South Africa and now those young people heavily invested in the as yet unsettled Arab Spring, to "keep on keepin' on," as the footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement used to pledge?

Health Equity Can't Wait

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Kathleen Sebelius

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the well-documented health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities, as well as highlight how the Affordable Care Act is reducing those disparities.

The Government's New Way of Measuring Student Success: Implications for Black Colleges

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The new federal measurements are not official yet and they are not perfect, but they are a start. We are on our way to capturing student success, in terms of graduation rates, in a more complete and fair manner.

America's Public Schools: Still Unequal And Unjust

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

The struggle to make sure a quality education is available to every child -- and not just a privilege for a few -- is the unfinished and critical business before the nation for it will determine America's future place on the global stage in a rapidly changing competitive world.

WATCH: 'The Skinny' On LGBT People Of Color In Film

Earnest Winborne | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

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Trayvon Martin: Not a Symbol for Vigilante Justice

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Lawrence D. Elliott

If the only justice Trayvon Martin's family can receive is the street kind, then the image of justice in America will have been greatly tarnished. Justice in our country is supposed to be delivered at the end of a legal trial from a jury of one's peers, not at the end of a vigilante's gun.

A Lifetime Of Isolated Incidents

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. John H. Vaughn

There comes a point for many black Americans when the "isolated incidents" are no longer those, but symptoms of deeper expressions and manifestations of racism. The killing of Trayvon Martin comes as yet another "isolated incident."