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Raising Bertie: Their Stories Are Our Stories

Brian C. Bush | Posted 04.20.2016 | Black Voices
Brian C. Bush

In communities built on the ruins of slavery, where the rate of poverty soars, America's forgotten victims quietly face issues centered around mass incarceration, institutional racism, and inequality in education, mirroring those of their urban peers.

Life Without DAPA: One Woman's Story

Rebecca Abara | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Abara

Knowing my family members won't get torn from me because of policies like DAPA is motivation to ensure that others can have what I believe is truly the American dream: living safe, healthy, and happy in the country that you love and call home.

Listening to Sermons Today

Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards

As a company with a genuine interest in the viewing and listening behavior of African-American sermons we want to share the following insights gained through 13 months of analysis on the listening patterns of over 200 sermons.

Revising Ray Lewis' Rant Against Black Crime

Algernon Austin | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

I am highly sympathetic to his remarks. Like him, I agree that black lives matter and that too many black lives are lost needlessly due to homicide. I commend Lewis for shining a light on this issue and for putting pressure on African Americans to do more to reduce violence in their communities.

Bill Clinton's "Almost Apology" Rings Hollow

Glenn Martin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Black Voices
Glenn Martin

One of the biggest problems with Bill Clinton's angry and defensive response to the Black Lives Matter protesters is the way he assumes the truth-teller's mantle. He accuses the protesters of being "afraid of the truth" but it is really the other way around.

Contesting Confederates in Charlottesville: The Hidden Histories Behind a Contemporary Debate

Ben Railton | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

That's the most vital point of the memorials debate: these statues and sites don't simply capture history, but rather the process by which we have constructed and remembered it.

If Hillary Clinton Treated Jewish Americans Like She's Treated African Americans, Democrats Would Notice

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The premise of the title above has nothing to do with Israel, or any perception of political power possessed by Jewish Americans. Rather, it's a discussion of a double-standard that I see, as a Jewish American and political writer, between the use of racism, versus anti-Semitism, in American politics.

A Disproportionate Share Of Blacks And Latinos Lose Their Driver's Licenses Because Of Unpaid Tickets, Study Finds

Los Angeles Times | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 04.11.2016 | Latino Voices

African Americans and Latinos in California are more likely than others to lose their driver's licenses because of unpaid tickets and then to be arres...

New York: Bernie Sanders Is Our Last Chance

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

"We won't see a presidential candidate like Bernie again in our lifetimes." As I heard these words, spoken by a woman at a Sanders campaign event recently, I felt a chill go through me. Because I knew she was right. We won't.

Career Success--Is It All About the Money?

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

How should we measure career success? Happiness? Wealth? Work/life balance? Being able to contribute to society? Loving what you do for a living?

Cooking, Set Points, And Other Weight-Related Matters

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

Financial considerations are of course a concern too. Overall, my patients want meals that are affordable, easy-to-prepare, flavorful, and filling.

Katrina, Climate Justice and Fish Dinners: Social Justice Lawyer Colette Pichon Battle

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Colette Pichon Battle gave up a great job working as a corporate immigration lawyer in Washington DC to live in a tent in front of her flooded family home 50 miles from downtown New Orleans.

Everybody Hates Donald

Christopher Lamb | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Unfortunately for Trump, there aren't as many angry, disenfranchised, white supremacists in the United States for him to win the presidency.

Scheer Intelligence: Rev. Madison Shockley and the Meaning of Christianity

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer sits down with Rev. Madison Shockley, an African-American who leads a predominantly white Christian church, to discuss the Shockley family's history with racism and what it means to be Christian today.

Hey, Specialized High Schools, My Latino Kid Is Also Smart

Milena Prinzi | Posted 03.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Milena Prinzi

As alarming as this might sound, these numbers aren't new. What's really causing the great divide? Is it the lack of resources, information or motivation from the minorities? Let's find out.

Three Reasons I Love Being A Black Woman

Adiba Nelson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Adiba Nelson

Can I take a minute and tell you about the lip-smacking loveliness that comes with being a Black woman?

4 Solutions to Rid Our Communities of 'Innovation Deserts'

Felecia Hatcher | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices
Felecia Hatcher

In many underserved communities across this country and the globe, many people take public transportation very long distances just to access tools and resources to be an active participant in the innovation economy. How do we change that?

If You Want to See a More Whole Society Start By Listening

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 03.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

If you fear someone of a different faith step out of your comfort zone and seek out opportunities to listen to people of that faith. If you do not understand the experiences of people who look differently than you then find opportunities to listen to them.

How Not to Help Poor, Black Children

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 03.21.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

Four years ago, I traveled to Cameroon on an educational mission trip. I packed as light as I could to carry as many school supplies and books as poss...

Benevolence in Politics; One Man's Journey

Colleen Haggerty | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Colleen Haggerty

California politics lost a legend this week with the passing of African American leader and veteran political advisor, Percy Pinkney. Personally, it'...

The Resurgence of New Afrikan Identity

Johnny L. Ricks | Posted 03.18.2016 | Black Voices
Johnny L. Ricks

I am not colored, Negro, Afro-American, African-American, nor any other identifying appellation or abstract term historically imposed upon me. Nor ar...

Daddy, Why Don't You Love Me?

Tiffani Crenshaw | Posted 03.18.2016 | Black Voices
Tiffani Crenshaw

Daddy, why don't you love me? Imagine saying those words at 7 years old. I think I said them to myself 100 times. I never said them to him. Him, is my father. I called him "Him" for a long time until one day he told me never to say it again.

Activism, America's Cold Civil War

Joseph Anthony | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Joseph Anthony

In 2016, activism is finally cool again. For the Millennial generation who are coming of age in this election cycle, taking to the streets in protest for something you believe strongly in, is somewhat becoming a right of passage.

The Forgotten History of an African American Soldier Turned Rebel Leader in the Philippines

Elizabeth Kissam | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Elizabeth Kissam

Recent films and plays highlight critical alternative voices our history lacks. The Birth of a Nation, Chocolat, Suffragette and Red Velvet portray fo...

Looking Beyond the Deadbeat Dad: When an Entire Family Abandons a Child

Dr. Mark Echols | Posted 03.15.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Mark Echols

There are few issues in the African American community which receive greater attention, discussion, and debate than the absence of fathers. And nothing contributes to the abandonment of children by their fathers more than the lack of involvement from the paternal family.