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Is Black Political Power Under Siege?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Black political power and influence appears somehow strafed and in serious condition since the midterm elections. Even President Barack Obama is not immune as he fends off assaults from both left and right.

Black Girls Rock!

Teresa Clarke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Teresa Clarke

By Teresa Clarke, Chairman and CEO of What was 1984? Orwell's best known political novel, the Los Angeles Olympics, the Ethiopian fami...

Open Letter to the Black Electorate: Every Egg in the Same Basket, fam?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

There is a familiar tune that comes up every competitive election cycle: if Democrats are - at that moment - in charge or hold a majority in a particu...

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Last Chance

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

When Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D) dropped his press conference bomb on the political universe, announcing that he was stepping away from city hall ...

Poverty in Black & White (and Latino and Asian)

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

How upside down have our politics gotten? Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that those making more than $250,000 were "the people...

"Should Black people stop using the N-Word?" Is there a word that's even worse?

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mikhail Lyubansky

Let's face it: YouTube rocks if you know what you're searching for, but if you're just clicking on random links, it's usually a pretty disappointing...

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's...

The "New" Face of Voter Intimidation

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Revolutionary brothers kickin' it in radical vibe, radically resplendent in military-style fatigues, cocked berets and the stain of street mud on Army...

Open Letter to Benjamin Jealous

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

I don't like the racist images and speech at Tea Party rallies either, but can the NAACP really do anything about it? Probably not. Instead of focusing on that issue, why don't you condemn this recession's destruction of 25% of the Black middle-class?

Obama Endorses Steve Cohen, White Tennessee Incumbent, Over Willie Herenton, Black Challenger

AP | ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a white incumbent who represents a majority black district in Memphis, landed the endorsement of Preside...

Open Letter to Kathleen Parker: You Went There

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

The title of your Washington Post column from Wednesday ("Obama: Our first female president," 6.30.10) was a bit misleading at first glance. Before c...

Domestic Violence: Swimming in Ignorance

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

The decision to use convicted batterer Chris Brown as a central attraction for the BET Awards was a tremendous setback for victims of domestic abuse, which is the leading cause of premature death among Black women between the ages of 15 and 44.

How Does It Feel to Be a Black, Female, Single Problem?

Farai Chideya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Farai Chideya

It's open season on black womanhood. Nightline became the latest media outlet to tackle the issue of why black women aren't married. The problem is not the topic, but the approach.

Revenge of the Black Republican Nerds

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Black political strategy is not yet able to play the leveraging game on both sides of the aisle. But as the Democratic Party gets too stifling, Black politicos will go Independent or find elbow room in the GOP.

The F Word: Taxes, Spending, or Race?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

An honest debate about taxes? It'd be helpful. But what we really need to do is grapple with post-apartheid racial resentments. And that makes the whole tax debate look easy.

Glenn Beck Believes Gay Handicapped Black Female Immigrant Will Be Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Glenn Beck prepared his listeners Friday for a "radical" Supreme Court nominee after news broke that Justice John Paul Stevens would retire at the end...

Black Versus Gay Is a Tiresome Argument

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

We are going to continue to have this tired argument until both communities stop clinging to past symbolism and acknowledge the present.

Obama Makes It Official: He's African-American

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's self-designation of himself as African-American on his Census form made what's painfully obvious official.

Obama Census Choice: African-American

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama ga...

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...

Supreme Court Rules That Black Firefighters Can Sue Chicago Over Tests

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday a group of African Americans did not wait too long to sue Chicago over a hiring test they challenged...

Does the Black Church Support Immigration Reform? A conversation with Bishop Vashti McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

For several months I've been in conversations with organizations working to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. All of these organizations ...

Biblical Social Justice and Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Beck. Beck attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.

Why Is Leona Lewis Turning Herself White?

Andy Pemberton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Pemberton

New photos of a trim Leona Lewis appear to make the star look... white. Is Leona more self-conscious than she cares to admit?

Black History Month Good-Bye Blues

Chris Norwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Norwood

In the South Bronx, New York's poorest county, where I run a community health program, I haven't encountered a single person who has obtained an actual stimulus job.