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What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.

Live, Learn -- and Let Live

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is a fact that the story of America cannot be truthfully told without the story of people of African descent. If we are going to close the gap and confront racism, we need to learn and understand others' history and way of life.

Toni Morrison On The Conversation We Need To Be Having About Race

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

When Toni Morrison writes, we read. And when she speaks, we make damn sure to listen. In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, Morrison -- ...

Another Charlie Brown Election?

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Carlos R. Moreno

The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.

Adapt and Overcome

Tireak C. Tulloch | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Tireak C. Tulloch

By current estimates, 22 veterans every day are choosing to end their own lives. I can't help but wonder about my own experiences and how fortunate I've been thus far hanging on to this roller coaster called post-military life.

New National Report Underscores Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Energy to People of Color and Low-Income Communities

Joel Francis | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Joel Francis

Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an important new report, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide, that refutes highly misleading fossil fuel claims about clean energy policies and communities of color.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

Why We Should Care About Tax Policy

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

President Obama's announcement of new tax benefits for middle class and working families, highlighted in the State of the Union and detailed in his FY 2016 budget, shines a light on the tax code in a way that demands our attention and engagement.

Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare are complex and there is no one silver bullet. That's why we will continue to work in every area of our healthcare system to find and eliminate racial and ethnic barriers to good health.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Makes It Official: She Is Running

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Over the next months, they will hear her platform and policy initiatives and realize that she is the right person to be president. Hillary will run a campaign that will reach out across party lines in the same way she did when she was in the Senate.

African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Historic Trans Women of Color Briefing Held at the White House

Kayley Whalen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Kayley Whalen

As a Latina trans woman, the briefing felt like a breath of fresh air; a rare moment where I could witness my community united together, speaking our truths and knowing that we were being heard.

Empathy for Angry White Men

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

As an African American, I have empathy for angry white men because I recognize that they are experiencing the pain African Americans have long borne -- of being bystanders to the shaping of their identities and possibilities in an uncertain world.

'Furious 7'

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.31.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Can't say this is the best film of the franchise, because so many of them have been excellent. But it's easily the most daring. Fasten your seat belts and test the airbags. This one accelerates real fast.

Race and the Fabric of Faith: A Timely Letter From Universities and Seminaries

Jack Levison | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Last week, the Presidents and Deans of America's 13 United Methodist Seminaries -- representing over 5,000 seminarians, including over 1,000 African-Americans -- wrote a thoughtful open letter outlining a vision from which all of us, whatever our faith tradition, can learn.

Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

The arches of Yellowstone National Park at the park entrance displays the Theodore Roosevelt quote, "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Despite Roosevelt's rhetoric, the national parks' missions have lacked focus towards African Americans for decades.

Note to Stephen A. Smith, Stick to Sports -- Not Politics!

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

We all have our areas of specific and recognized expertise, and to that end it is always advisable to maximize our credibility and stature within our area of expertise as we are then subject to far less questioning and challenges than when we venture outside of that area.

The Call For A National Crime And Justice Task Force

Jamira Burley | Posted 05.25.2015 | Crime
Jamira Burley

The creation of the National Crime and Justice Task Force will be a step in the right direction to ensure that the United States government does more to protect human rights nationwide and ensures that policing policies are in line with international human rights standards.

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 05.23.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Obamacare's 5th Anniversary

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Health care is a human right and fundamental for a moral society. The ACA and its many provisions are important steps on our journey to health justice, a path that requires all of us (healthcare providers, elected officials, public health experts, and "ordinary" people) to do our part for our fellow Americans.

Hillary Clinton Ready to Take the Next Step to Forging a 'More Perfect Union'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

We live in a complex world and it's one Clinton knows well. There are no easy answers on how to deal with ISIS, the Iranians, the Israeli/Palestinian question, race relations, etc. Anyone who suggests there are easy answers to these and other thorny issues should be regarded as a fool.

Next Steps on the Ferguson Front

Kevin Cokley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kevin Cokley

My heart goes out to every officer and their families killed in the line of duty. That is a pain I wish on no one. But like Fannie Lou Hamer famously said, I am also sick and tired of being sick and tired -- of the denial of institutional racism, even in the midst of overwhelming evidence.

I Just Don't Understand Why White People Want to Use the N-Word

Abiola Abrams | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Abiola Abrams

The n-word has the blood of thousands of lynchings, beatings, and other horrific crimes melded between its letters, meshed in its very fibers. So, why do some white people want the right to use this abhorrent word again?

Ben Walsh

Why Inequality Is Up, But Support For Doing Anything About It Isn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

Something strange is happening in the U.S. economy: Inequality has risen, but there hasn’t been a rising demand to do anything about it. A new B...