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Psychology, Grief and African Americans

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2015 | Science
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Despite persistent calls for researchers to be more inclusive of ethnic minorities in their studies, our review found that little has changed over the last twenty years at great detriment to the field of Psychology as a whole.

Hurricane Evacuations Will Remain Tough for Many Black New Orleanians

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Bullard said it won't be easy for many African Americans to leave or return in the next big storm, whether it's under their own steam or the city's auspices.

Welcome Back! A Brief History of Education in the United States (Part 1)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

One thing that stands out to me is that education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.

Ten Troubling Labor Day Stats 2015

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

This widely reported "official" number overlooks the millions of people unemployed for more than a year, nor does it count those who are working part-time and looking for full-time work. The Department of Labor monthly report which includes people working part-time and looking for full-time work shows the real rate of unemployment.

Beyond Kentucky: Equality For All Should Include Adopted People, Too

Adam Pertman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Adam Pertman

At the beginning of the 1900s, grim predictions punctuated the debate over women's suffrage. Everyone in the family unit would be damaged in innumerable ways if this outrage were allowed to happen, argued the critics, some of whom went so far as to predict the end of civilization itself.

The Elaine Lynchings: A Visit to Elaine, Arkansas, 100 Years After America's Deadliest Race Riot

LaReeca Rucker | Posted 09.04.2015 | Black Voices
LaReeca Rucker

Today, one year after the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, race riots sparked by alleged profiling, discrimination and police militarization are still making headlines in America. But in 1919, Elaine, Arkansas, was the center of the country's deadliest race riot.

Be a Multiplier

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 09.03.2015 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

It doesn't matter where you are, your education level, or your job title, you are called to be a multiplier. Help others. Serve others. Encourage others. Reach out to those different from you. Have the hard conversations. Be. The. Change. Be a multiplier

New Quality Measure Seeks to Optimize Cardiovascular Care For African Americans

Gary Puckrein | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Puckrein

Medicine cannot be a backwater where historic inequities in care are much discussed, where the statistics of lives cut short are duly recorded, but not a finger is lifted to address systemic problems. Black lives matter in our streets, in our hospitals, in our clinics, and in our physician's offices.

Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist

Kim Farbota | Posted 09.02.2015 | Crime
Kim Farbota

There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.

Hurricane Katrina's Struggling Black Gay Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The hurricane exposed not only race and class fault lines, but the odious fault lines of heterosexism and faith-based privilege. LGBTQ evacuees, many of whom are now displaced, faced all kinds of discrimination at the hands of many of the faith-based relief agencies.

10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

George Sachs, Psy.D. | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
George Sachs, Psy.D.

Somewhere down where we don't like to go, is a place where racism lives. It's automatic and hidden. Binding and resistant to change. No matter how well-meaning we are, no matter how open-minded. Like the "root kit" on a computer, racism is hidden and operating without our knowledge.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

For four decades, some determined people sought to change the course of American history.Some ideals, are now part of the fabric of the country, like breakfast programs for inner city kids. Stick with this movie. It has a lot to say, a lot to reveal and is pertinent to today's testy police/civilian race relations.

Why My Answer to Dr. King Would Be: 52 Years Later, We Are Still Working on That Dream

Tania Bradkin | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Tania Bradkin

As we take time as a country to reflect upon the issues that led up to the impetus for a March on Washington in 1963, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the statistical data I would share with Dr. King if he were still alive today.

Noosed Necks, Flesh Beloved.

A.J. Walton | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices
A.J. Walton

The images of lynchings reflect the reality in which so many continue to live. It disturbs us, causes discomfort, and pours salt on centuries-old wounds. But more than that, it screams out that there's nothing new under the sun, just a different way of burning hopes and dreams and lives.

Learning How to Respect Your Struggles

Minaa B | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

Respect Your Struggle believes that in life there is room for failure. You don't have to be afraid of being different. You don't always have to be strong. You are not alone in your suffering, and despite the struggles that you face, your life is deserving of its best chance.

DC Non-Profit Combats Systemic Racism

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Given that the vast majority of Bread for the City's clients are African American (or other people of color) in a city that's nearly fully half Caucasian, this assumption not only ignores broader patterns of racism -- it becomes part of the pattern itself.

When You Realize What Matters Most

Jonathan Martin | Posted 08.27.2015 | Sports
Jonathan Martin

One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.

Touring National Parks: 'All This Beauty Is Wearing Me Out!'

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The agonizing state that our country is in shows that the majority of leaders and citizens neither feel love for ourselves nor for the world. You cannot love anyone until you first love yourself, and the place to discover a healthy helping of self-love is in our national parks.

Mindfulness of Cultural Differences and Balancing Relationships

Manijeh Motaghy | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Manijeh Motaghy

Life is a journey of learning, shifting and growing. May yours be filled with amazing ventures and paradigms.

In Defense of Ethnography

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.24.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

In these troubled times in which inhumane global forces threaten our future, we need that ethnographic depth of understanding both to recognize our human fragility and marvel at our social resilience.

'Anchor Babies' and the GOP's Manifest Destiny Politics

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Trump's call for a wall to protect U.S. borders from marauding Mexican criminals not only demonizes Latinos, but evokes toxic themes of Manifest Destiny that were used to justify American expansionism into Mexico. Themes that allowed white folk -- the U.S.' original "anchor babies" -- to be legitimized as citizens.

Why No Justice for Jonathan Ferrell

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.22.2015 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unless we require extensive and ongoing racial bias and sensitivity training in all police departments throughout the U.S., we will continue to see more unarmed Jonathan Ferrells shot and killed by police. And we will see jurors siding with the police to acquit them.

50 Years Later: Racial Outrage and the Importance of the 1965 Watts Uprising

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

As the country continues to deal with racial strife, fatal police encounters, and dogged economic inequality, the Watts protests has instructional value for advocates of racial justice and their adversaries. For the former, short-term improvements can prove to be fruitful and can be an important respite from the daily onslaught of racial oppression.

Meet the Coach Who Helped a Single Mother of 4 Launch a Million Dollar Clothing Business

Li Lin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Li Lin

Usually when we hear about successful entrepreneurs, we focus on the entrepreneurs themselves.

Black Capitalism in Telecommunications

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Senator Catherine Pugh

African American leaders must stand up and defend the DE program and its reforms, and push hard for more secondary market transactions. We need to use all available business, advocacy and regulatory tools at our disposal to advance opportunities for African American entrepreneurship.