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"It's The Blackness That Scares Everybody": Why White People Favor "African-Americans"

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the...

10 Ways White People Are More Racist Than They Realize

Salon | Kali Holloway | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it’s that there are no racists in this country. (In fact, not only do mul...

In Solidarity: When Caribbean Immigrants Become Black

NBC News | Victoria Brown | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices

listened with fascination as my Jamaican immigrant student enumerated the ways West Indians were superior to African Americans. Children from the C...

The Forgotten History Of Black Republicans

The Daily Beast | Leah Wright Rigeur | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

There is a fascinating Saturday Night Live sketch from 1980, a piece almost entirely forgotten by most viewers of the NBC comedy show. The sketch surv...

Actually, Blacks Do Care About Black Crime

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

In cities across the country, crowds are protesting police violence against unarmed black men. Demonstrators want justice, not just for Michael Brown,...

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 12.31.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Sharon Harper

At this moment in our nation's story, when the twisted soul of America is being revealed through the daily deaths of black men at the hands of officers carrying guns and unconscious bias, Black-ish should not be merely consumed: It should be administered by intravenous intervention.

Why I'd Rather Be Called a Black American Than an African-American

Slate | Aisha Harris | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices

e of the first times I recall being asked the question “Where are you from?” was also one of the first times I realized that being black wasn’t ...

I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Ferrari Sheppard

Contrary to what's been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency.

You Are Trayvon: Instructions for My Black [and] Muslim Sons

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer

The sons I might have one day will have unambiguously black bodies, be Muslim, marked in name and (hopefully) practice, and may also speak the Spanish tongue of their grandfather. What kind of world will they inhabit?

Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

Howard Fineman

'Still Not Free': It's 2013, And Black America's Hit Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

This article is the first in a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. WASHINGTON -- Elijah Cummings, 62 years old, has lived ...

'Still Not Free': A HuffPost Original Series

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

Fifty years ago this summer, at the March On Washington, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech that forever altered the national ...

Stock Trading and Investing for Black Americans

Tyrone Jackson | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Tyrone Jackson

Learning how to invest will make a major difference in every aspect of life from where one chooses to live and raise kids to when to retire. Now, more than ever, black Americans need to be financially educated.

New Survey Takes A Snapshot Of The View From Black America

www.npr.org | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices

You might think that African-Americans might be more pessimistic about their lives. The housing crisis decimated pockets of black wealth. The black un...

How Do You Define Race? Lessons From HuffPost Live

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

What occurred on this panel is so typical of how most discussions on race and racism transpire. The problem with our prior approach is the assumption that we all have a universal understanding of race in America. So, I propose that we start a new conversation.

The Responsibility to End Racism

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

White racism is a systemic phenomenon that is deeply woven in the fabric of our society and has a corrosive effect on the minds, bodies and souls of all Americans.

Black History Month 2013 Style

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.07.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

When I think of Black History Month, I reflect on the fact that black history was often deleted in the history books or inaccurately portrayed in the same books.

Janell Ross

The Road Forward: Black America Struggles To Get On Obama Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Less than a month after President Barack Obama won his second term, the National Urban League summoned Bernard Anderson to a meeting in ...

#Negrospotting Takes Center Stage at GOP Convention

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 10.31.2012 | Black Voices
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Outside of GOP AA notables like Condoleeza Rice, the big tent at the GOP has been devoid of African-Americans, and the ones they do attract sound identical to the likes of Allen West, Artur Davis and Amy Holmes.

The (Forgotten) Black Walt Disney: Jim Simon

Network Awesome | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices
Network Awesome

The man they once called "the Black Walt Disney" doesn't even have a Wikipedia page and the collected clips of his original work on YouTube don't even add up to seven full minutes, but the scant few items of substance that Google can come up with tell a fascinating story.

Maxine Waters: Obama's Speech 'A Bit Curious'

AP | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Maxine Waters says she's not sure who President Barack Obama was talking to when he told black Americans to quit complaining a...

You're Black? How Boring

Posted 10.05.2011 | Home

About once a month, I have a conversation that—after the initial introductions are made and small talk is in full swing—goes something along these...

Zero "Zero Tolerance": Ending the Real Debt Crisis

Fagan Harris | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Fagan Harris

The twin threats of mass incarceration and epidemic dropout rates amongst black Americans pose an unparalleled challenge to the country as a whole.

Why Blacks Know Race Is A Factor

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

The election of a black president was a seismic disturbance on the Richter scale of consciousness. Could some folks believe that God is disappointed that whites allowed such a thing to happen?