With the ancestral religious belief that behavior is guided by a spirit (loa), gay males and lesbians in Haitian Voodoo are under the divine protection.
Tanya Hamilton made Night Catches Us as both a personal exploration and as an examination of the other side of the civil rights struggle -- the black power movement.
When we look specifically at the status of African-Americans, the data indicates that the need for financial literacy is alarming.
Admittedly, I come from a lily-white family, English on both sides. However, I believe that a person doesn't have to be black to feel the effects of racism -- a point that Kathryn Stockett makes very well in her novel, "The Help."
If you are 50 or younger, you are among more than 111 million Americans who either were infants during the Civil Rights Movement or were born after it.
The American economy has been one where wealth and income is increasingly concentrated in the hands of an elite, creating a top heavy economy versus a middle class economy that was at the center of America's most prosperous years.
Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated.
As we mark the beginning of a month-long celebration of black history in our country, I am proud to be part of a culture and history that has made great contributions to not just to this country but all parts of the world.
If wild safari animals and ghosts roaming around your luxury tent isn't enough of a thrill for you, don't worry -- the South Africans have more wild activities up their vuvuzelas.
Just as the radical Republicans, abolitionists, and black activists challenged the arguments of neo-Confederates in the 1860s and 1870s, so, too, should those notions be fought against once again today.
As we enter Black History Month, let us pause to remember the sacrifice of African-American soldiers, past and present. We should know that the veterans who paved the road for our current soldiers went through hell and high water.
We have a moral obligation to remember that truth, to prevent it from being twisted, disfigured or simply dropped as an unpleasant and insignificant part of our history. It is in our remembrance that freedom will continue to flourish.
He's not the best rapper or even the most dynamic, but Kanye West is a pop music innovator. I don't know about you, but I want to hear "Good Life" at my son's Bar Mitzvah.
As I set off on this year's Earth Day speaking tour, I'm looking over my shoulder at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina and at a Methodist chapel in Seneca Falls, New York.
Let's not become so focused on mission and social injustices that we fail to teach folks the reason why we're so concerned about this world and how our historical faith statements compel us to act.