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We Shall Overcome: HIV/AIDS Advocacy In 2017

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.12.2017 | Impact
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

The fight against the virus has always been a struggle. This election did not change that fundamental truth. Much work remains to be done to achieve the end of the epidemic. We all need to keep advocating.

The Gift of a Brat

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

The unrelenting power of the "Southern Strategy" is arguably the single biggest impediment to America's survival as a democracy. The ability to push f...

'I Fell In Love With Trump'

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The man that spoke of his love fest with Trump was legendary football great Jim Brown. Brown had barely got the loving words of praise about Trump out his mouth before the predictable debate raged.

American Is In Trouble

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2016 | Women
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

America is in more ways than one. I'm going to point out a few problems I have seen and experienced recently, and I hope readers will sh...

The Never-Ending Ben Carson Nightmare

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

When Ben Carson emphatically declared that he has no government experience that would qualify him to run a federal agency, most took this to mean that he would quietly recede if not fade from public attention. We should have known better.

BET Founder Bob Johnson Urges African-Americans to Give Trump a Chance, Does He Have a Point?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There was fury when former BET founder and financial mogul Bob Johnson urged African-Americans to give President-Elect Trump a "shot" and "the benefit...

Recalling The End Of 'Easy Rider.' The Top Ten Reasons For Donald Trump's Stunning victory

Peter Lance | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Lance

Having binge-watched the news coverage of this cycle on MSNBC and CNN for the last 15 months and after reading a host of other web news sources this is my analysis of what happened in two words.

Vote Like Your Life Depends On It

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 11.08.2016 | Black Voices
Pastor Michael McBride

Our lives and our families matter. This election, we can't stay home, nor can we vote solely for the top of the ticket. We must go to the polls, vote all the way down ballot, including local races. We must vote like our lives depend on it.

Black Doctors Lead Fight Against Medical Racial Profiling

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A group of Black doctors in Los Angeles and throughout California have been waging a long, valiant, and lonely fight against a practice which has had disastrous effects on the quality of medical care in poor, and underserved communities and harmful consequences for the doctors. The practice is medical racial profiling.

Good Health Insurance News For Latinos, Bad News For Blacks

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Algernon Austin

Newly released data on health insurance coverage from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a continued significant decline in the uninsured rate for all major...

White Racism May Hurt the Health of Both Whites and Blacks

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Greater Good Science Center

By Yasmin Anwar Living in unabashedly racist communities can shorten the lives of both blacks and whites, according to new research published in Psy...

Police shootings and race in America: Five essential reads

The Conversation US | Posted 09.23.2016 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Danielle Douez, The Conversation Editor's note: The following is a roundup of stories related to policing and the Black Lives Matter movement. Polic...

Kaepernick's Sit-Down Aside--The Case For Standing For The National Anthem

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.30.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Blacks have paid with their blood and earned the right to lay as much, if not more, claim to the flag and the national anthem as theirs as those among the most rabid flag waving, phony super patriot bellowing crowd. This is their America, always has been, and it's their flag and national anthem too whether they choose to stand when it's played or not.

Trump Peddles The Plantation Myth About Blacks And Democrats

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP never tires of pitching the line in a presidential election year that the Democrats take black votes for granted and do absolutely nothing in ...

Apologizing For Bad Behaving Whites Is The Norm

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.19.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

I can always count on the media to beat to death, revive, and beat to death again the in and out of sports world misdeeds of black athletes. And just as predictably, I can count on it to brush aside, apologize for, or make objects of sympathy the misdeeds of white pro athletes.

Please Stop Pestering Trump To Speak To Blacks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trump doesn't want or need that because it flies in the face of the narrative and the image that he's crafted for his campaign which is stuffed with the GOP's standard use of racially loaded code words and attack points.

Should Hillary Still Be Held Accountable For Bill's Crime Bill?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The challenge then is not to hold Hillary's feet to the fire for a policy from the past that's had and has bad consequences for the present. But to hold her feet to the flame to deliver on her pledge to push for meaningful criminal justice system reforms, and programs and initiatives to aid the urban poor once in the White House.

Rio's Favelas Are Anything But Olympic Fun And Games

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The negative press and public embarrassment of the favelas has forced Brazilian officials to take some steps toward alleviating the worst of the conditions and abuses. Yet that doesn't wipe away the continued stain of the poverty, neglect and systemic violence that the favelas are still synonymous with. Nowhere has this been more chilling than in the treatment of the children of the favelas.

Not More Marijuana Arrests, But More Investment In Communities Of Color

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.02.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The vast sums they spend on enforcement must be invested in rebuilding communities of color, and that entails the participation by stakeholders in those communities in spotlighting and monitoring programs where and how the funds should be spent. The message: Not more arrests for pot, but more invest!

Writer Condemns Citizens' Right to Protest Harmful Government Policies and Practices.

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

The writer compared this one-day sit-in which called attention to the many times the majority Speaker of the House has refused to allow discussion or voting on bills proposed by minority members to the 10 times in history that elected officials of both parties have "shut down our government," costing billions of dollars each time. Apples and oranges.

Sanders Plan Will Not Destroy HBCUs: Why Clyburn Is Wrong About the Clinton Plan

Alan A. Aja | Posted 03.01.2017 | Education
Alan A. Aja

CO-AUTHORED BY Mark Paul, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Headshot Uploaded), Mark Paul is a PhD Candidate in economics at the University of Mas...

The Value of Work -- Reflections on Building an Interracial Political Coalition

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Last Sunday, January 17, in a sermon, "Prophecy and Politics," for Martin Luther King Day at Prospect Park United Methodist Church about my experiences as a young man in the civil rights movement, I addressed prejudices against working class whites.

It's Past Time to Tune Out the White Oscars

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.15.2017 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Academy has made promise after promise to mend its ways and make diversity more than just a dictionary word for its 2016 awards. It's now 2016. And those who will march up to the podium to receive their awards again this year will look exactly like those who marched up their a year ago.

Guns Make Anger and Despair Lethal

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

These new measures will not prevent every shooting that snuffs out the lives of nearly seven children to gun violence daily, but they will save many lives and help staunch the relentless plague of gun violence that terrorizes our nation's homes, schools and communities.

There Is No Justice Until We All Are Free

Alicia Nunn | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Alicia Nunn

Laquan McDonald was killed in cold blood by a Chicago police officer on October 20, 2014. And, the murder was covered up until a court order demanded ...