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A Call to Consciousness

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Though the state of black entrepreneurship has progressed significantly in the past decade, successful entrepreneurs with businesses in urban environm...

Jo Piazza

David Banner Warns Rising Stars To Spend Money Wisely | Jo Piazza | Posted 12.19.2011 | Celebrity

Rapper and entrepreneur David Banner is no stranger to the fame game, but instead of flaunting his fortune, he's trying to help other rising stars kee...

MLK Monument Dedication: A Lesson of the 99%

Debbie Hines | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

It was a beautiful sunny day fitting for the speeches, songs and spirit of the celebration to dedicate the Martin Luther King monument.

Are African Americans Losing the Race? Part I

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The selfless "by any means necessary" valor, that once ignited our passion to unite and conquer, has seemingly been eradicated by egotistic attempts to acquire a portion of the American "dream."

The Cain Mutiny

Sunil Adam | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Jorge Luis Macias

Latino Gay Community Facing HIV/AIDS 'Tsunami' | Jorge Luis Macias | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

LOS ANGELES -- Just a few days before the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles will take place on Oct. 16, the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Richard Cordray: A Champion for Minority Communities

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 12.06.2011 | Black Voices
Wade Henderson, Esq.

African Americans have long been targets of financial predators. The foreclosure crisis is still alive and well in communities of color, who are now on the wrong side of the largest wealth gap ever recorded.

I'm Black Enough

Melanie Coffee | Posted 12.06.2011 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

I hate the notion that some of us black folks come with an asterisk. I'm black, but (asterisk) I love Guns N' Roses. I'm black, but (asterisk) I can watch Professional Bull Riding for hours. I'm black but (asterisk) I'm still looking for someone to teach me how to Dougie.

Is Anybody Really Shocked by Rick Perry's Hunting Camp Controversy?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If Rick Perry is a racist, and the kind of person who would leave racist slurs painted on rocks in his hunting camp, it is far less likely that he would have risen to prominence in today's Democratic Party.

Maxine Waters: Obama's Speech 'A Bit Curious'

AP | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Maxine Waters says she's not sure who President Barack Obama was talking to when he told black Americans to quit complaining a...

Reporters Expose AT&T's Astroturf Funding Practices

Joe Torres | Posted 11.24.2011 | Latino Voices
Joe Torres

The stories about AT&T's financial arrangements with ADE and HTTP should trouble people of color and make them question whether their interests are truly being represented in Washington.

The Troy Davis Case: Lessons for Urban Youth

Christopher Emdin | Posted 11.21.2011 | Crime
Christopher Emdin

In the midst of the bevy of emotions surrounding this case, it is important that we focus on the many teaching moments it provides us. Therefore, I outline 5 lessons that parents can learn from this case, and that must be shared with urban youth.

As Poverty Rate Rises and Unemployment Persists, Americans Need a New "New Deal"

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

For many, big government is a four-letter word, but newly released poverty and income data signal the need to invest in large-scale programs and initiatives that have the potential to turn the country around.

Rebecca Carroll

African American Youth Reflect on 9/11 | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.09.2011 | Black Voices

Elenni Davis-Knight Then: 10 years old, sixth-grade student at New York City Museum School, 3 miles from the World Trade Center Now: 20 years old,...

Obama Opens the Door

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

The recession continues to fall hardest on African American and Latino communities, with 16.7 and 11.3 percent unemployment respectively -- far above the national average. The president was right to highlight programs that can target these communities directly.

Separation Anxiety

Wendy Block | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Just before the divorce attorney welcomes me, I warn myself, be sure. Because when the lawyer asks my husband's name, I'll have to say, "Barack Obama....

Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

It appears that shame -- black and white -- can shrink us. In literature we've been historically reduced to a slither of a people. Writers like me self-censor for fear of offending, for fear of not finding an audience. We don't tell our stories in the context of this nation.

Properly Addressing the Crisis Facing Black and Latino Men

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 11.05.2011 | Education
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

Research has revealed a concrete set of factors preventing young black and Latino men from thriving in and out of school, and ultimately as adults. Addressing these factors should be at the core of any initiative that aims to help them succeed.

DOJ's Lawsuit Blocking AT&T-T-Mobile Merger Welcome News for People of Color

Joe Torres | Posted 11.01.2011 | Latino Voices
Joe Torres

Hopefully, lawmakers and civil rights groups will reexamine their positions and rescind their support of a merger that is clearly not only bad for our communities but bad for our country.

Arianna Huffington, Jesse Jackson, and Laz Alonso: Reflections from the Table of Brotherhood

Zondra Hughes | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

These conversations at the Table of Brotherhood symbolized the unity Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked for, and more important, a cross-cultural awakening and call to action to better the condition of the human race.

Remembering Martin Luther King and the March for Jobs and Freedom

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

"Jobs and freedom" require equal opportunity in all aspects of life. Freedom means access to quality education and good housing. Freedom means full participation in the political system. Freedom means fairness in criminal justice.

The Resurrection of Seneca Village

Alan Singer | Posted 10.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Seneca Village was a pre-Civil War African-American community located between 82nd and 89th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Manhattan.

Obama Campaign Makes Moves To Repeat 2008 Phenomenon In 2012

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's presidential campaign launched a new voter registration and grassroots organizing program Thursday aimed at boo...

Andrea Stone

Herman Cain's Charity Focuses On Inner-City Youth | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

This article is part of a series in which HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. How much and...

Rebecca Carroll

Despite Sagging Poll Numbers, Many African Americans Say They're Still Proud Of President Obama | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices

Shantie Chatman was struggling before President Barack Obama was elected, and he has struggled in the three years since. Imprisoned on a concealed wea...