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Beyond the N-Word: Falling Over the Cliff Debating Django

Emmett D. Carson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices
Emmett D. Carson

With all the problems facing African Americans, it is hard to believe the amount of time that is being wasted debating the merits of Quentin Tarantino's hit new "comedy," Django Unchained. What should we be talking about instead?

New Orleans Considers Removing Its Claiborne Overpass

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 17, 2012 edition.) No matter where you live in New Orleans, sooner or later you'll ...

Beware of False Slogans Such as 'Right to Work'

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

More than 50 years after Dr. King warned of being "fooled by false slogans" such as "right to work," working people are facing a string of coordinated, corporate-backed attacks. But what the wealthy special interests don't have behind them are numbers.

Are Some Dogs Racist?

Posted 01.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live on Friday hosted a discussion about how some dogs seem to show bias against people with darker skin, an idea explored in popular culture...

Why Is the Blues Called the 'Blues'?

Debra Devi | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

The blues invigorated American popular music with African musical techniques and values -- and rock and roll and jazz were born.

The Republican Party and Multicultural Voters: 3 Steps Towards Relevance

Saul Gitlin | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Saul Gitlin

So, beyond merely acknowledging such statistics and their corresponding political implications, what concrete actions should the GOP take now to begin to foster relevance with key multicultural constituencies?

African Americans Are Key To The Success Of The LGBT Movement

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

As 2012 draws to a close and I reflect on the historic year that was, one of the things that I am most proud of is the role that African Americans played in helping to bring the freedom to marry for committed and loving same-sex couples to my home state of Maryland.

Power to the People: Hair Texture and Gender Matter to TV News Audiences

Ava Thompson Greenwell | Posted 02.27.2013 | Black Voices
Ava Thompson Greenwell

If you're a female working on air in television news with naturally wavy, curly or kinky hair, most likely you wear it straightened or you wear a wig that mimics straight hair. Why? Because that's what television news bosses think viewers want to see.

'Habari Gani?': Celebrating Kwanzaa on Campus in the 21st Century

Charles Howard | Posted 02.26.2013 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

Over the course of its seven days of celebration, Kwanzaa endures the change from one calendar year to the next. Commemorating the first fruits of the harvest and pausing to reflect upon heritage, Kwanzaa teaches us about intersection of the past, the present, and the future.

Beyond Kwanzaa: Embracing the New Black Diversity

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

For many Americans, our country's African heritage becomes real for one week every year during the December 26th-January 1st Kwanzaa celebration. We need to move beyond this week-long celebration to a fuller recognition of Africans' ongoing contributions to our community and nation.

Financial Lessons of the Holidays

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The holidays give us a moment to strengthen our bonds with family and show our thanks for all the blessings we normally take for granted. In the face of continued financial hardship, it's also a reminder to make the most of what we have.

An Urgent Call to Action: Curbing Violence in America

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

83. That is the number of Americans who die from gun violence each day. Unfortunately, it has taken the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week for our nation to truly grasp that we have a gun problem.

Do We Still Need Kwanzaa?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

As important as it is for African-Americans to have an appreciation for the continent of our origin, perhaps we have evolved to a point where Kwanzaa isn't as useful as it once was.

A Final Tribute to Romare Bearden

Bobby Elliott | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Bobby Elliott

Where other tributes were slight, uneven or unconventional, Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise is the sort of show I had been waiting for: a considerable, fairly balanced and clear celebration of America's greatest collage artist.

Django Unchained (*1/2)

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.

How Republicans Can Win Black Votes: Step One

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.10.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Recognizing that the party cannot survive with the country's changing demographics without diversifying its constituents, this speech is the first step in a concerted effort to attract the African-American vote.

FBI Report Shows Six Percent Decline in US Hate Crimes, But State Data Flawed

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

Today's annual numbers are the lowest reported since 1994 and are among the smallest since the FBI began collecting national data pursuant to the Hate Crime Statistics Act in the early 1990s.

The Obama Era: A New Age in American Politics

Brandon Hill | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Brandon Hill

Folks, it is a new day in America. There is a new kind of rhythm in the streets. There is a new kind of voice in the fray. There is a new kind of optimism in the wind. Welcome to the Obama Era.

The Black Church, Social Justice and the Fiscal Slope

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

A combination of swift tax hikes on lower- and middle-income earners and drastic cuts in social services would not only stunt economic growth, it would place an immediate burden on the most vulnerable. And unfortunately, a disproportionate number of the most vulnerable are African American.

Black Women Directors at the Helm

Yvonna Russell | Posted 01.29.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

We can all imagine the determination it took to kick through the glass ceiling for these talented women of color film directors.

How to Never Win Another Election

Robin Lakoff | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Why would members of a political party repeatedly antagonize potential voters? One reason: in their hearts they really do not believe that members of these groups are, or have any right to be, included as active participants in the political conversation of this country.

We Can't Afford To Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Whether you own a business, are receiving government assistance, are involved in theater or a health care nonprofit, live with or care about fighting HIV/AIDS or want to guarantee your civil rights, you have a stake in the results of keeping the nation from falling off the "fiscal cliff."

The Truth About Payday Loans

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.26.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A payday loan may seem like a short-term fix, but it's ultimately just another expense. In today's economy there are no easy answers for low- to moderate-income Americans struggling to pay the bills, but what will clearly never work is adding another high-cost loan.

Finding Diversity in America

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

In today's diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to see which neighborhoods best reflect American diversity.