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Book Excerpt: He's a Different Kind of Black

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

As I mentioned in the opening chapter about Lorenzo, I attended high school in Sacramento, California, in the mid-1980s. The community of my upbringing was middle-class, Asian-American, and suburban.

American Mortality Comparatively Higher Across All Age Groups

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The fact that the U.S. health care outcomes lag that of many other wealthy countries has been well established. What may surprise some is that the U.S. consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes across all stages of life.

Fixing Washington: Two New Books on What's Right and Wrong With Congress

Heath Brown | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Heath Brown

A summer of gridlock is clearly not good for the business of Washington or for its popularity. Thankfully, two new books help make some sense of what's right and wrong with Congress.

The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.

The Different Faces of Rebellion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

We should be careful not to dismiss subtle forms of fighting oppression, for they are no less valuable than street fights and mass strikes.

Give Girls Equal Time in Struggle Against Racism's Real Consequences

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Deborah Jacobs

What is often missing for those well-intentioned people trying to provide greater opportunities for African-American boys is the interconnectivity between the plights of disadvantaged girls and boys.

Trayvon Martin Is History but I Wish He Were Still Here

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Malcolm Boyd

This is not simply a "black" cause. It is clearly a "human" one, a "moral" one, a "universal" one.

Dear Black Americans, Please Don't Disappoint Us

Jamil Jivani | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jamil Jivani

In order for us to make the most of this groundswell of interest in law, policy, and activism, we need Black Americans to embrace their responsibility as global leaders. It's up to you for justice to again be one of America's exports to the world.

Speak Up With Jimmy: The Inspiring Story of Billionaire P.A. and 'Wealthy Minds' (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Can a young African American man from the South -- after two felonies, no money, and living out of a truck -- turn his life around? The answer is "absolutely, yes."

Denzel Washington and Wife, Pauletta Withstand Divorce Rumors and Promote Black Love

Jordan Harris | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jordan Harris

With faith and positivity, Denzel and Pauletta continue to combat the climbing divorce rate in the African American community. Maybe with this latest divorce rumor, the couple will see another 30 years of marriage.

Cornel West: "Obama Is A Global George Zimmerman"

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For a response to President Obama's comments on the acquittal of George Zimmerman and racism in the United States, Democracy Now! speaks with Dr. Corn...

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge veers away from unions, United Steel Workers say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 22, 2013 edition.) On a drive through Baton Rouge on Interstate 110, you've probabl...

Speaker Boehner's Urgent Opportunity to Unite America

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

It's time for John Boehner to decide if he is a national leader or merely a party hack raised by fate to the level beyond his true capacity, thereby staying in "power" by appealing to the lowest-common denominator and ignoring an urgent need for America.

Race in America: A More Perfect Union?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Even though, as President Obama observed, things are better for African Americans in our nation today than when he was the age of Trayvon Martin when he died, the moral crisis of racism remains an open wound. We should not kid ourselves. Things have gotten better, but they are still shameful.

Howard Fineman

'Still Not Free': It's 2013, And Black America's Hit Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

This article is the first in a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. WASHINGTON -- Elijah Cummings, 62 years old, has lived ...

Obama: 'A More Perfect Union'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

When future historians write about America's long struggle for racial equality, they will include the moment when the country's first African-American president broke his silence about the 2012 death of young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman Verdict and Civil Rights, Still Much to Do

Areva Martin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

The reliability of the jury process is undermined if members can profit from their service, particularly service on a criminal trial involving a teen who was shot through the heart while walking through his neighborhood.

Trayvon Martins Are Everywhere

Debbie Hines | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unfortunately, most blacks have at some time, whether they knew it or not, probably looked suspicious and "up to no good" to a white person. Trayvon Martins are everywhere.

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...

Mother of a Martyr: What I Learned From Mamie Till Mobley

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

She did not say that it might not be safe for her son, with his Chicago manners and his only-child penchant for showing off, to be in Mississippi that summer. She did not say that he had to stay only where she could see him.

Post-Zimmerman Verdict: What About That NSA Scandal and Snowden?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

For the most part, those who are most strenuously protesting their civil liberties being trampled upon by the NSA will never be subjected to the experiences I've had to deal with.

First Fix Families, Then Worry About Schools

Alex Reichert | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Alex Reichert

In my last article, I argued that the US will never be able to "fix" its school system until we fix our families and cultivate a culture of education....

The African's Migration to Black America, Part I

Aya Saed | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Aya Saed

Born to Sudanese parents in an Arabian city, my introduction to American patriotism and race relations came from the classroom.

Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

Sonny Singh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sonny Singh

Our knee-jerk reaction to this horrific incident of racial profiling and racist violence are indicative of how this country remains stuck in an outdated, black-white racial paradigm.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.