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To African-American Men With (Tremendous!) Benefits: Merry Christmas from Senator Coburn

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Tanya M. Acker

Some have maintained that it was racist for Senator Tom Coburn to suggest that President Obama wants to "create dependency" on government because he ...

Success Starts With Family Engagement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Earl Martin Phalen

We are in an academic crisis in our nation. Fewer minorities are graduating on time and many are starting school significantly behind their peers. One of the keys to increasing academic achievement is parental and family engagement.

Raul Midón: A Free Man Beyond Category

Charles Howard | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
Charles Howard

Born in New Mexico, Midón has been studying music since his father, an Argentinean folkloric dancer, introduced him to a broad range of genres from Classical to Jazz during his early childhood.

Let Us Remember Dr. King's Struggle for Economic Justice

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.

Invest in Young Men and Boys of Color Now

Robert Schwartz | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Robert Schwartz

In reality, it does not take very much to make a positive difference in a young man's life. Unfortunately, it takes even less to make a negative difference. If we continue to ignore the issues in our state in relation to boys and men of color, we will squander the human capital talent we have in our state.

The Help in Our Society Today

Joy Moses | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
Joy Moses

Second-class status is just as intolerable today as it was in the 1960s. Today, fear and intimidation comes in the form of actual abuse to the potential of deportation, preventing workers from more aggressively challenging the status quo.

Mulattos, Mammies and Maids: Accessing 'The Help'

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Henry Adams

This film tells a story many blacks and whites would rather forget, how black women stepped up and did what they must to survive. That's a story important enough to make all the film's faults minor by contrast.

I Have A Mental Illness. So What?

New Harbinger | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
New Harbinger

How do African Americans begin to eliminate the stigma of mental illness so that we can get the help we need sooner rather than later, and support those who need it?

Will Obama's Judicial Nominees Be Delayed or Denied Justice?

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

We should demand no less from the Senate than to give judicial nominees their due process. The unprecedented delay benefits no one who cares for justice.

Advice to the Special Budget Committee: Go After Tax Evaders, Spare Seniors

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Before it even thinks about cutting programs that literally keep people alive, the congressional special committee should make sure that the IBMs and General Electrics of the world pay their fair share.

Will President Obama Become Mayor Dinkins?

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

The president could lose his reelection bid if enough Black voters stay home because they either do not believe the Republican nominee can win or they just do not feel the same urgency to show up on election day.

WATCH: Arianna Speaks At NABJ 2011

Huff TV | Posted 06.14.2012 | Black Voices
Huff TV

Arianna appeared as a keynote speaker at NABJ 2011 on Thursday, highlighting issues currently faced by African Americans. "I love the conference's ...

Balancing The Budget Debate With Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

There is a human story behind every item in the federal budget, and if you don't balance your fiscal prudence with humane values, then you'll do what my grandmother used to say: you'll cut off your nose to spite your face.

Goodbye, Freedom

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

We have to reimagine struggle in light of the fundamental shift in the very nature of American governance. A new language is urgently needed; a revolution of the imagination in action is required.

Introducing HuffPost BlackVoices: Covering Black America's Split-Screen Reality

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Arianna Huffington

I often feel that we are living in a split-screen world, where what part of the screen you are looking at will determine your perception of where things stand. And nowhere is this more pronounced than in the African-American community.

Taking Ownership of the American Dream

Michael Steele | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

African-Americans' 21st century reality is simply this: it's time to stand for something different. The debate we're having is no longer productive. It's time for solutions that come from us, from within our house, our family and ultimately our community as a whole.

Marvel's Mixed Race "Ultimate Spider-Man"

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

Today we meet Miles Morales, a younger multiracial and multiethnic Spider-Man. Even though Morales may remind us of the Spider-Man we're used to in the more traditional Marvel universe, there are definite differences.

Shahien Nasiripour

Rats Spread As Baltimore Fights Foreclosures | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Richard Faison didn't mind that a neighbor's home was seized and boarded up until the rats from the vacant house killed one of his dogs....

Chris Kirkham

As Minority Enrollments Swell At For-Profit Colleges, A Murky Debate On Student Success | Chris Kirkham | Posted 10.02.2011 | Black Voices

At a June Senate hearing on high student debt levels at for-profit colleges, civil rights advocate Wade Henderson pointedly criticized what he called ...

The Stories Statistics Don't Tell

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

For every dollar a white family owns, the median Latino family now has roughly six cents and the median black family has a nickel.

Coming to Terms With the Minority High Tech Employment Gap

David Honig | Posted 09.27.2011 | Technology
David Honig

Though the number of Blacks, Hispanics, and women working in the high tech sector has risen over the last decade, the high tech workforce remains worryingly homogenous.

Black In Latin America

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 09.27.2011 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In one sense, the major "African American Experience" unfolded not in the United States, but throughout the Caribbean and South America. The most important question that Black In Latin America attempts to explore is this: what does it mean to be "black" in these countries?

The Debt Ceiling vs. the Job Ceiling in South LA: Lift Both Now

Laphonza Butler | Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

The real ceiling is in South Los Angeles, where the lack of jobs continues to hurt our communities with the continued overall rise in unemployment.

The Racial Wealth Gap Is a Festering, Untreated Disease

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

A new study presented some disturbing, yet expected news about the sad state of economic affairs within the African American community. According to t...

Alex Wagner

Obama Losing Liberal And Black Support Over Jobs Record | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Amidst new research showing historic disparity in wealth between whites and minorities, President Obama is facing plummeting approval over his jobs ag...