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Reading the Pictures: Stephen Crowley's Extraordinary Photo of Santorum at an African-American Church

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.03.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-02-02-Screenshot20120202at7.57.56AM.pngHere is a true "emperor's new clothes" moment, not to mention a brilliant example of the photojournalist refusing to play along.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Migration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.02.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

This is the second in a series about the ancestry of the First Lady. The introduction can be found here: Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginni...

Mr. Gingrich, The Faith Community Has Occupied Your Campaign

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Joi Ruth Orr

We are fed up and done with politicians and public figures debasing our communities and children. We will not stand for it.

New York City and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.28.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Metal detectors at school entrances make many New York City schools feel more like prisons than places where young people want to be and contribute to the sense that these are not a place where people are respected.

Men of the USS Monitor: Daniel Moore, African American Sailor and Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Daniel Moore was one of the 16 sailors who went down with the USS Monitor. A former slave from Virginia, he enlisted in the Navy but would sadly have little time to enjoy his freedom before sacrificing his life in the service of his country.

An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Pastors of Poor Children

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 03.23.2012 | Black Voices
Joi Ruth Orr

As a candidate vying for the Republican Presidential nomination, to suggest that poor children collectively lack a work ethic and drive for legal and productive work is entirely classist. Our children deserve better than your degrading rhetoric.

For Black History Month, Ten Key Films on the African-American Experience

John Farr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.

Wall Street Was a Slave Market Before It Was a Financial Center

Alan Singer | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

December 13, 2011 was the three hundredth anniversary of the law passed by the New York City Common Council that made Wall Street the city's official slave market.

Has Christianity Become A "Get Out Of Jail Free Card" For African Americans?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Dr. Boyce Watkins

There's nothing more awkward than to be the one southern black man in the room who says that he's not quite sure about Christianity. No one attacks you for asking questions, they just "pray" for you.

We Must Win Back the American Dream for the 99% In 2012

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.17.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

As we honor Dr. King's legacy this year, we must remember that working families deserve economic justice, including America's 13 million unemployed, the long-term unemployed and the 24 million people looking for work.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's...Oprah?!

Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts

William Mwazi is an artist with an active imagination and a social conscience. In his artwork, he depicts Black celebrities, politicians, and academic...

Martin Luther King Jr. And The Educational Parity Revolution

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 03.17.2012 | Education
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

It is reasonable to speculate that Dr. King's deep concern about equity would have extended to American higher education. He would have recognized economic disparity as a common root of the challenges facing African-Americans, HBCUs and the American future itself.

'They Shot Him, Papa!': Finding Smarter Ways to Talk to Kids About Diversity

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 03.13.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

This is how we found out that they were talking about race: over dinner, she announced that Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted people with white skin and brown skin to be friends but people got mad so they shot him.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles: Part 2

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, " and I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones. Here's the second part of that conversation.

How Black America Grew as a Result of the Obama Presidency

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Millions of black folks were watching the throne when Obama was sworn in and gladly putting his picture right next to Martin Luther King and Jesus. But the Obama presidency has served as a marvelous and intriguing political education for the African American community.

Foreclosure Wreckage: Can Dr. King's Dream Be Saved?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Preeti Vissa

A return to the bad old days of redlining -- simply denying credit to whole groups of Americans on the basis of their income or skin color -- is not the route to stability in the housing market.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.10.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is at the UCLA Hammer Museum and is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980." I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones.

Consumers Need a Strong Financial Protection Bureau

Algernon Austin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Algernon Austin

5.1 percent of loans made to whites from 2004 to 2008 ended in foreclosure. For African Americans, the rate of foreclosure is 9.8 percent. For Latinos, it is 11.9 percent, more than double the white rate.

Newt Gingrich To African-Americans: Demand Paychecks, Not Food Stamps

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday he is willing to go before the NAACP and urge blacks to demand payche...

Lincoln and Douglass Would Be Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 03.06.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Life sized bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass stand at the entrances to the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) greeting visitor...

Southern California's Broken Economic Ladder

Gary Orfield | Posted 02.20.2012 | Black Voices
Gary Orfield

Southern California, one of the world's largest and most diverse urban complexes, is rapidly becoming a region of profound economic and geographic polarization.

GOP Hopeful Faces Scrutiny Over Curious Newsletters

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is defending himself, saying he did not write a series of newsletters in the 1990s that featured slurs agains...

Five Lessons From The "If I Were A Poor Black Kid" Debate

Christopher Emdin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Privilege often blinds people to the reality of being a poor black male while care and interest is often the mask used to shield a disdain for them.

Black People a.k.a 'Captain Save-An-O' (As in Oprah) to the Rescue

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 02.11.2012 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has been struggling as of late. That's not breaking news. Desperate times call for desperate measures and that too is not breaking news.

Salvador Dali's Favorite Supermodel

Ben Arogundade | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Arogundade

The renowned surrealist painter Salvador Dali's meeting with seminal African-American supermodel, Donyale Luna, at his hideaway in the Spanish fishing village of Cadaqués, Catalonia in 1966 marked an amazing moment where art and beauty collide.