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Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

The Legal -- and Moral -- Case for Obama's Immigration Action

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

On January 9, a federal court is scheduled to listen to arguments about President Obama's executive actions to shield more than 4 million people from deportation. Noticeably absent from the debate is any discussion of immigrants themselves -- the people who will be directly affected by the court's ruling.

Open Letter to Bob Geldof and Tribe

Mariéme Jamme | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Mariéme Jamme

Here is my problem and also the problem of many voices in Africa and outside -- we are really dissatisfied with the way celebrities like you think that they can just wake up and decide to do things on the name of Africa.

Racism Charge in Ebola Fight Way Overblown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was tactful and circumspect when he questioned the way health officials and medical staffers handled the care and treatment of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan. Jackson carefully avoided using the "R" word.

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

Bodies in the Desert

Tsega Gebreyesus | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Tsega Gebreyesus

Since gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Eritrea has been led by an increasingly authoritarian regime with a zero-tolerance policy to opposition.

Where Was God When Israel Deported African Refugees?

David Sheen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
David Sheen

While the government works to sweep asylum-seekers off its streets and decant them back into the interior of the African continent, the vast majority of Jewish religious institutions and lay leaders in Israel have not made any attempt to aid the Africans.

Love in the Time of Israel's War on Africans

David Sheen | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
David Sheen

In recent years, unchecked popular hostility towards Africans and ramped up efforts by the Israeli government to drive them all out have also taken their toll on those Israelis who have found love and started families with African asylum-seekers.

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

Nelson Mandela: A Good Man

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Though I had adopted the title of "African" American like most of my relations in the Diaspora, I was never more aware of how little I really knew about Africa and this African hero than I was on that day in 1990 he was freed from prison as the whole world watched.

What Kind of African Doesn't Speak Any African Languages? Me.

Spectra | Posted 06.30.2013 | Black Voices
Spectra

By perpetuating the use of a single cultural marker to create an hierarchy of Africanness, aren't we simply deploying the same tools colonizers used to divide and conquer? Aren't we essentially continuing the work the British Empire started?

Black Immigrants Demand Humane Immigration Reform That Protects Civil Rights

Keith Rushing | Posted 05.25.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

Overlooked in the national dialogue and media coverage of immigration reform are the lives and experiences of Black immigrants. This week that changed a bit.

Africans, Is it Time to Question 400 Years of Colonialism and 50 Years of Aid?

Atim Oton | Posted 01.24.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Africa is still a child and needs to grow up. But it's growth has to be on its own terms. It is time for Africa to re-evaluate its 400 years of colonialism and the last 50 years of aid. Each has changed the continent in some many ways.

Somalia to Libya to Malta: Nomadic Migration Part 1

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

With Libya's inevitable collapse, Europe will likely see a tsunami of black refugees sweeping across the Mediterranean. And Malta and Italy will be t...

Univision TV Owes an Apology for Racist Skit

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Univision President and CEO Joe Uva have some explaining to do. On Friday, May 28, Univision aired an outrageous, racially demeaning skit on Despie...

Who is the Target Audience for Celebrity Aid Campaigns?

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Easterly

Can we note the irony of ads using Hollywood women as sex objects and seeing African women as the passive recipients of aid chivalry, when one of the objectives of this aid is gender equality?

The Stain on China's Pro-Democracy Movement: A Final Word About Tiananmen

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phillip Martin

It's been a week since the official 20th anniversary commemoration of the historic Tiananmen Square demonstrations. But before the memory of those ev...

A Thug By Any Other Name

Judy Muller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judy Muller

If you are one of those people who are often the last to hear about the latest addition to the list of politically-incorrect words, this is for you. I clearly count myself among your number.

"Another Desperate Plea from a Trapped Zimbabwean"

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

How do we begin to change human behavior around the globe to convince our leaders to stop and help in Zimbabwe?

Campaign Brought Communities Together

Pius Kamau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pius Kamau

During our campaign, there was a coming together between my own African-born countrymen, and African Americans -- children of African slaves, who for decades viewed African immigrants with suspicion.

Obama: Globalization of Joy

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Diane Francis

Chicago's Grant Park was filled to the brim with half a million happy, cheering Americans from every socio-economic slice of America's multicultural society.