At a recent show, guitarist Hubby Jenkins joked that a white person playing banjo in the mid-1800s was like "Vanilla Ice rapping in the 1980s."
In a world in which hate-filled politics and growing inter-class tensions fill article word-counts, a message like the one delivered by Dr. Jones was and is necessary.
At the end of Black History Month, Tod Ewing reflects on the profound lessons of the past and considers the question "Where do we go from here?" offering a Baha'i perspective on the spiritual dimensions of racial reconciliation.
Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...
My daughter and I share a cookbook collection that includes over 1,000 volumes many of them written by African-Americans. In honor of Black History Month, here's my list of the ten greatest African-American cookbooks of all time.
The numbers tell us that many black people don't swim. Our interpretation, however, is that black people are not swimmers, which is wrong.
Rather than relegating people of different ethnicities to a month in the calendar, educators ought to ensure that their curriculum is not colorblind.
The strength, talents and successes of contemporary black women have deeply influenced the Obama Administration and continue to shape American history and improve the lives of all our citizens.
Meaningful discussions about black history, women's history -- indeed, all histories -- should not come and go with the passing of the calendar.
Malcolm X's legacy is important for Muslims and non-Muslims alike -- and one that has influenced many American Muslims, including myself.
It is interesting that after more than three hundred years of black history in America, racism does indeed still exist. The question is then: "Why?" Racism continues to live because minds give it life.
I spent this past New Year's Eve lying on the floor of a New England police station. Just hours before, I was enjoying sushi with my best friend Jamal; excitedly discussing his possible political appointment and promising career.
When we celebrate Black History Month, we often celebrate the successes of the Civil Rights Movement. But I never hear anyone speak of the many goals that the Movement did not achieve. One such goal is the goal of full employment for African Americans.
D.T. lived in hopeful expectation, but even today, it's stunning to think that the life of this one-time slave overlapped with that of his great-granddaughter, Marian, who now resides in the White House.
Black History Month provides everybody in the world with a window into the lives of African-American pioneers and pacemakers that had overcome adversity on all levels. That's why Black History Month is real!
The death of Whitney Houston was tragic. She was young. She was talented. She was beautiful. She brought us joy. Her death forces us to confront and consider the powerful lessons taught by loss and death.