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Celebrating African American Contributions to American History

Tania Bradkin | Posted 02.23.2016 | Latino Voices
Tania Bradkin

I was disappointed in myself for being so unaware of the many contributions that went far beyond the usual sports and entertainment arenas into every facet of American culture. I needed to open my eyes to a larger, grander, American history.

Current Bigotry Against Muslim-Americans Is a Dangerous Path to Follow

Ahmed Khan | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

The battle for the presidency of the United States is drudging up a serious issue leading America on a dangerous path that it has traveled down before...

Bringing Together Asian Americans and African Americans?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Black Voices
Frank H. Wu

Asian Americans and African Americans need to hold a summit. There are so many issues now that threaten fragile alliances developed over the past generation through extraordinary personal determination.

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.


Dwight Brown | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

"On the track, there is no black and white, just fast and slow. For those 10 seconds you are free," says Jesse Owens (Stephan James) in this moving an...

I'm Voting for Bernie Sanders to Honor my Mother

Debbie Hines | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Debbie Hines

Bernie Sanders faces an uphill battle against Hillary Clinton in the south. And he is far from a perfect candidate. Yet, he is the best candidate to strive to make the dreams of my mother become a reality.

This Little-Known Quirk Makes Us Love Mae Jemison Even More

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science

"Hailing frequencies open!" That's not only the classic line from "Star Trek" -- recited by Lieutenant Uhura, a character played by African-American a...

Sanders' Surrogates Are Berning Down The Clinton "Firewall"

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

Whether or not the African American community in Georgia and the rest of the country stands in agreement is yet to be determined as the primary season moves forward. However, one thing is for sure, the Clinton "firewall" is a media myth.

Black History: "I can't, I won't forget"

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.16.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I stood there on the grounds of a white stone castle that once held African slaves. For my ancestors, it was a journey that began on the other side of the "Door of No Return," thousands of miles from the shores of America. I stared at the door, walked through it. I imagined the horror.

#AJustFaith Against Religious Bigotry

Benjamin Evans III | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Benjamin Evans III

In Florida, the "Pastor Protection Act" (HB 43) is moving through the legislature which, as of now, ensures pastors or other religious leaders aren't forced to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs and would help protect them from lawsuits.

Making Black Concerns Matter in 2016

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 02.15.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

We cannot elect people into office and be so satisfied to have them there that we are afraid to constructively criticize those office holders in any way. That approach results in communities being neglected and ignored, as has happened to African Americans.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, Danny Glover, and Ben Jealous Are Voting for Bernie Sanders

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Like every other community in the United States, African American intellectuals and political leaders represent a wide range of viewpoints, and while Dr. Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates might disagree on certain issues, they're voting for Bernie Sanders.

10 Museums in the U.S. Focused on African American History

JoAnna Niles | Posted 02.11.2016 | Black Voices
JoAnna Niles

Black History Month or African American History month is a celebration of African American's role in the U.S. Though most of it was done involuntarily, our blood, sweat, tears and lives literally built this country.

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Doug Moore | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of t...

Should There Be a Black History Month?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah J. Levine

The debate over Black History Month is not new, but it intensified when this year's Oscar nominees were all Caucasian. For the second year in a row, the Oscars earned the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

Should One of the Four New Chemical Elements Be Named "africanium"?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Peter Reynosa

Artwork by Peter Reynosa At the very end of last year, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that four new chemic...

Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost the Same Amount of Prison Lobbyist Donations

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One little-known fact this year is that Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have benefited from prison lobbyist money. In fact, they've taken almost the same amount of contributions from major prison lobbyists. Clinton's campaign has received $133,246 while Rubio's campaign accepted $133,450 from the prison lobby.

Remembering Maurice White the Historian

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

In paying tribute to Maurice White most people will think of White the musician, but I also want to bring attention to White the historian who was attempting to show African Americans that we are a people with a rich history.

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

Anguish Over Loss of Prize-Winning Reporter and Black Journalism Leader | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists and winner of the group's national Emerging Journalist of the Year Award in 2010, died January 31st at the age of 32, bringing heartache to the journalism community.

Sanders Campaign Is A Genuine Progressive Social Movement For Democracy

Danny Glover | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Danny Glover

Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers thought was impossible. This campaign is a rare, perhaps unprecedented event in this country's modern electoral history. It deserves the support of everyone who favors social and economic justice.

Black History Is American History

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am privileged to represent a congressional district that has been historically recognized as the epicenter of Black culture and politics. Our legendary neighborhood gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance, which has forever transformed the American fabric. We are fortunate to have dedicated people and organizations promoting our legacy.

Hillary Can Make a Difference for Women Everywhere That Bernie Can't

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Bernie knows his promises of free college and single-payer healthcare, which he says can only happen if you join his revolution, won't happen. Maybe it's time you voted for your own interests as a woman.

Bernie Sanders Should Be The Clear Choice For Black People. Here's Why

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Larry Harris Jr.

To me, the choice is clear. And the difference now between Hillary and Bernie's African American support is largely driven by a lack of information. Black people need to know more about Bernie and more about the Clintons' record.

Dear America: Stop Feeling Awkward About Black History Month

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Gloria Atanmo

Stop feeling awkward about Black History Month if you're not black, and take a moment to understand why this dialogue that's been surpressed for years, should be one we can all comfortably have today.