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When Will Candidates Close The Empathy Gap On Research For Health?

Mary Woolley | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Mary Woolley

We are in the throes of an election season in which divisive issues are at the forefront. One issue that a majority of Americans can agree on is advancing research to combat deadly and debilitating diseases.

Not The America We Imagine

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Stephen D. Smith

I see two pictures of America. One that is open, free, respectful, fun-loving. The other which is divisive, fearful, angry, and violent. These two have much that sets them apart, but they share missing elements, because neither America is integrated, fair, embracing, or colorblind.

We Caused Those Deaths

B. D. Colen | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
B. D. Colen

We caused those deaths, by our inaction, by our acquiescence in the maintenance of a social structure, by our active or passive maintenance of a national fabric that not only allowed, but supported the behavior that has inevitably brought us to the ugly place in which we now find ourselves.

Country Music Star Sam Riddle Shatters Age Old Taboo, Falls For A Woman Of Color In His Newest Music Video -- "Hey You."

Jacob Weber | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Jacob Weber

America is reeling amid re-ignited racial flames, and country music ace (and Vegas favorite) Sam Riddle appears to be the only cowboy with the steer-sized cojones to reach through that fire...for the hand of stunning South African actress and dancer Sibo Mlambo (Starz' "BlackSails.")

Soledad O'Brien Helped Me Understand The History Of Race In America

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Barnett

Race is socially constructed, but because people have believed things for so long they are unaware of that. In this video, Soledad O'Brien shares stories of growing up biracial. She helps to elaborate on what actually happened in American history.

No, White Males Are Definitely Not Disadvantaged in College Admissions

Quora | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
Quora

Is it still possible to get into a good college being a white male in a time where women and minorities are so highly preferred? originally appeared o...

From Dallas To The B.E.T. Awards: Was The Revolution Televised?

Kanene Holder | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Kanene Holder

"Fellow great Americans, hello This is heritage for my medicine" - Kendrick Lamar The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separate...

#BlackLivesMatter

Matt Hearnden | Posted 07.15.2016 | Black Voices
Matt Hearnden

I'm a wholehearted supporter of #blacklivesmatter and I will be until I die. Anything less means I wouldn't be doing my duty as a human being.

Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, Two Forgotten Histories, and 2016 America

Ben Railton | Posted 07.14.2016 | Books
Ben Railton

In the course of its unique, multi-multi-generational structure, Yaa Gyasi's striking debut novel Homegoing (2016) moves through more than two centuri...

Born This Way: 10 American Women Share Views on Race, Acceptance and Moving On

Raquel Eatmon | Posted 07.14.2016 | Women
Raquel Eatmon

I'm not ashamed of who I am...now. But there surely was a time when I lacked confidence in toting my blackness. There was a time when being called the n-word left a stain on my esteem and childhood pride.

CVT Stands with Those Whose Rights are Violated

Curt Goering | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Curt Goering

Over the past week, we at CVT have watched in horror as events have unfolded in the streets of the U.S., including the shooting deaths by police of Al...

Introducing HI-Speak, An Elevated Term To Replace 'PC'

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Isn't it time honest Americans took the honesty-brand back from its knock-off peddlers and thieves? Isn't it time we dispensed of the backward notion that a historically-informed conversation is somehow a gratuitous tangent generated by a victim complex for political gain?

Making Sense Of It All

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

The story I have continued to tell others is that race and socio-economic relations in this country have come a long way; that we are close to fulfilling Dr. King's dream. Maybe it's a story I believed myself. After the events of this past week, I'm faced with a more stark reality: we are not.

Take A Walk In My Shoes

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

When I saw the breaking news that another African-American man was gunned down at POINT-BLANK range by a police officer, whom he and his partner was able to tackle this man down and restrain him, my reaction unfortunately... is blank.

America: We Are Never, Ever, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

Matthew Bailey | Posted 07.11.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

I'm embarrassed. I'm sick. I'm an ashamed American with a black son. I have an almost indescribable feeling in my stomach. I want to force myself to p...

Governor Christie v. The Children Of New Jersey: Political Racism?

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Eric Cooper

It is a sad day for equity and opportunity in New Jersey that Governor Christie has decided to overturn America's most important education lawsuit.

"Black McDonald's" Has Been An Important Part Of My American Experience

Angela Dorn | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Angela Dorn

I got my first paying job at the "black McDonald's" in Clayton, Missouri. Everybody called it black McDonald's because almost all of the staff was black, even though Clayton was almost completely white. That McDonald's was a refuge; it was one of the few places where a black teenager could easily find work in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Sleepless In Dallas Until Husband Makes It Home

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

It’s 1:14 a.m. and I am in my home in Dallas, Texas and I can’t sleep. My husband is trapped in his office in downtown Dallas tonight because tha...

From Baltimore to Baton Rouge to Minnesota: Why Cops Get Away With Murder

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Three officers in Baltimore walked in the Gray case. Whether there will be any charges against the Baton Rouge officers involved in the Sterling and Castile slayings is problematic at best. This tells much as to why cops repeatedly walk free in dubious deadly force cases.

Eerily Silent But #BlackLivesMatter

Ebony Combs | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Ebony Combs

Another senseless hashtag, as if we didn't have enough of those already. Damn. ‪#‎AltonSterling‬. Those are the only words I could form the moment I learned of #AltonSterling's senseless death.

Congressional Black Caucus-Centuries Of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries!

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

As a Black mom, an active voter and for the most part, a supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), I was very disappointed to read that the CBC opposes changes in the Democratic Party platform.

Incubating The Next Generation Of Minority Tech Talent

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

As individuals, organizations, and governments continue to focus on developing new solutions to help solve our world's most challenging problems, tech incubators have become an important tool to help spur innovation.

Jesse Williams Is Right: We Need to Do Better

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 06.28.2016 | Women
Jodi Meltzer

Even today, I am sure at least one white person would stare at the black man in the same restaurant, just like my brother did. It's sad, but it's reality. We are not colorblind; we are not all one race. I wish we were, but we are not. Jesse Williams is right.

San Francisco: Dining, Daytrippin' and Jazz

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.26.2016 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a perfect reason to come to The City by the Bay. It's also a great time to explore some cool leisure activit...

Two Stories from the Frontlines of Millennial Caregiving

Jason Resendez | Posted 06.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

As Alzheimer's and brain awareness month comes to close, I want to highlight two powerful stories connected by trends that deserve our attention: the ...