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Twenty Feet From Stardom

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

They can sing a joyful noise. In pitch-perfect harmony. Never missing a beat. Yet they rarely take center stage. Why? Background singers, are the unsung heroes of music.

The Apollo Spring Gala Honors Chaka Khan

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Khan follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and other world-renown musicians who have graced the stage of the 79 year-old theater and been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

If It's Broke, Fix It: President's Economic Agenda, Paired with Action on Climate Change, Is a Winning Strategy for Building a New Economy

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Reshoring our manufacturing sector will do a lot to revive our economy. America needs to start making things again. And if we do it by doubling clean energy production and rebuilding our infrastructure, we'll help fight climate change, too.

Trayvon Martin Is Still 'Our Son,' But What About Our Daughters?

j.n. salters | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While Trayvon's murder sparked much discussion about racism in our country, it should also call attention to sexism, particularly as it intersects with racism to distinctively affect the lives of African-American women.

Let's Not Settle for Less

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

A new national survey of African-Americans paints a fascinating picture: over half of those polled report that their lives have generally improved in recent years. But what of the other half, who report lower satisfaction with their lives -- especially lower-income African-Americans?

A Broken System Perpetuates Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I live in a vital, racially and ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhood and I watch it happen -- racial profiling, the stop-and-frisk game. This is not making my neighborhood safer. It's wrecking lives at enormous public expense.

WATCH: Tyler Perry On The REAL Reason Hollywood Lacks Roles For Black Actresses

OWN | Posted 06.05.2013 | OWN

Hollywood has often been criticized for its lack of consistently available roles for black actresses. As a producer actively creating roles for Africa...

ACLU Report: Racist Marijuana Laws Target Blacks

Tom Angell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Tom Angell

While marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.

New Survey Takes A Snapshot Of The View From Black America

www.npr.org | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices

You might think that African-Americans might be more pessimistic about their lives. The housing crisis decimated pockets of black wealth. The black un...

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

Who Was Essie May Jones?

Meryl Hartstein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
Meryl Hartstein

Who was Essie May Jones? To me she was the smartest woman I had ever met. She was strong and steadfast yet kind and fun. She would take a bus twice a ...

'What's a 'N-word' Mommy?'

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.29.2013 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

As the mother of a mixed-race 8-year old, I often think about how to keep my son's eyes, ears, and heart, open to the realities and ignorance of racism. He and a friend recently saw the movie 42, and for the first time, heard the 'n-word' thrown around like a baseball.

$46,432 vs. $372 -- Community Colleges and Philanthropic Support

Félix Matos Rodríguez | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
Félix Matos Rodríguez

Among many significant findings presented in a recent report from The Century Foundation Task Force on Community Colleges, there was one that truly su...

The Missing Black Voters

Marc Mauer | Posted 07.28.2013 | Crime
Marc Mauer

Unaccounted in the Census Bureau estimates are the 5.8 million adults who are ineligible to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

President Obama and the New Talented Tenth

Theodore Johnson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Certainly, the name "Talented Tenth" carries baggage that may be insurmountable. It is rather difficult to redefine an infamous concept that has existed for nearly 120 years.

Race Is at the Root of the Divide Over Immigration Reform

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

If you're worried about the growing political strength of people of color, which is happening in large part because of a rapidly growing Latino population, then you might be motivated to do what you can to stop immigration reform.

Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

Cathy Youngblood | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices
Cathy Youngblood

I entered the hospitality industry in 2010. It took me all of one week to realize what I did not want to believe. My housekeeping sisters, mostly Latina, were treated different than me.

Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Today, there are almost 8,000 farmers' markets throughout the United States. And according to the Department of Agriculture, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. These markets represent an important new source of green jobs and businesses.

What Black People Can Learn From the LGBT Community

Gil Robertson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices
Gil Robertson

It's simple: people work better together than alone. To believe that you can stand alone and navigate the world by yourself might be a liberating experience, but at the end of the day it usually adds up to a poor day at the races.

A Love Note to Black Mothers on Mother's Day

j.n. salters | Posted 07.12.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

This letter is for my mother. Our mothers. Grandmothers. Aunts. Sisters. And all of the other black women who continue to raise black and brown warriors in this battlefield we call America.

Charles Ramsey, 'Ratchet' Social Media and the Exploitation of Lower-Class Blacks

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The experiences of Charles Ramsey, Sweet Brown and Antoine Dodson are unique in a sense that the public is making fun of their sincere demeanor.

No Second-Class Families

Ben Jealous | Posted 07.10.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

As Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. African Americans have spent much of our history fighting for fair treatment and equal opportunity. We must also offer support to our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Will Black Women Ever Be Able to Portray Their Own Beauty?

j.n. salters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Style
j.n. salters

Regardless of claims of "paying homage," the message that I am continually getting is that black womanhood is not beautiful unless it is somehow caricatured or manipulated, and I wholeheartedly disagree.

Meet Harvard Law Phenom Cortlan Wickliff

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Cortlan is about to make history as one of only two Black men to finish Harvard Law School at just 22 years of age. In this clip from Tavis Smiley on PBS, the phenom talks to me about demystifying Harvard Law for Black youth.