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The Party's Over: A Tribute to Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

One thing the theater community does well is celebrate its own. And Polly Bergen was a member of the theater community. Now, as I previously wrote, the League of American Theaters and Producers opted not to dim the lights for her.

Remembering the Great Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Polly Bergen was a real class act. She had a grace about her, an intangible quality that not many possess.

It's Time: Call for Clemency for Leonard Peltier

Jack Healey | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Clemency is a request any citizen can make of our government, and all our voices need to be heard. We just want Leonard to go to his home on the northern plains and be able to spend what remains of his life with his family and be able to rest and be at ease with his people of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, his relatives in Indian country, and with us.

Kanye West Doesn't Have All the Answers and Never Will

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

When I think about black power and academia, I don't go to celebrities for that. I look to the many black inventors and scholars who have paved the way for me to have graduated from college and succeed in my personal career.

'People Are Awake': Public Figures Discuss The Reality Of Race In America

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream for racial equality in America has certainly made progress towards becoming a reality. However, while some believe th...

At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Pete's fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many "singing tomorrows."

11 Public Figures Share Their Inspiring Thoughts On MLK

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices

It has been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to give his memorable “I Have A Dream” s...

10 Things I Learned from Screening 'Selma'

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I saw Selma, was not expecting a documentary, just a drama and am shocked people of my age seemingly know so little about this civil rights era. Nonetheless, here are 10 things I learned from screening Selma.

An Interview With Sofia: John Mayer Meets kd lang

Tristan Higgins | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I recently sat down with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia. We had so much fun talking that I lost myself in a few places. What? I'm not a professional journalist. I am a butch lawyer who writes a blog, and I can count on one hand how many times I have actually sat down with another butch. What follows is (most of) our conversation.

Alvin Ailey Unveils World Premiere, Odetta

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.11.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Wednesday night saw an array of beautiful luminaries including: the still handsome Harry Belafonte, the ever talented Ruben Santiago Hudson, and the magnificent Jessye Norman (to name just a few) came out to see the world premiere of Odetta.

Changing the World One Letter At a Time

Amnesty International | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Amnesty International

We all have the power to bring human rights home.  We all have the power to change the world.  Join us. Write a letter, change a life.

A Change Is Gonna Come

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Last Saturday in Los Angeles, my friend of 50 years, Harry Belafonte, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar. And yesterday, while we were savoring this good news, the White House announced that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schewerner would be posthumous recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Watch Harry Belafonte's Powerful Speech On Race In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment

Harry Belafonte was this year's recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the sixth annual Governors Awards on Saturday night. The hono...

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Tapped For 'Live At The Apollo' Album

Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices

The soulful sounds of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and Charles Bradley are scheduled to take over the world famous Apollo Theater for a live concert ...

Harry Belafonte To Receive Prestigious Honor

Associated Press | Posted 09.05.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Harry Belafonte and Maureen O'Hara are among those who will be honored by the motion picture academy's board of governors. The...

The Link Between Donald Sterling and Harry Belafonte

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Ama Yawson

What does Harry Belafonte have in common with Donald Sterling? They both believe that successful African Americans fail to give back to the broader black community. But I think that the more important point, which is being lost, is this: What are you doing to give back?

Top 10 Best Ways We Should Start Measuring Black Success

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It's finally time that we have that long awaited talk about measuring black success. For far too long we have given many a pass when it comes to what they say and how they go about navigating what it means to achieve for the community.

Belafonte, MLK Jr. Estate Settle Document Lawsuit

AP | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers say Harry Belafonte will retain possession of historical documents he acquired during his friendship with Martin Luther King...

Let's Fix a Justice System That Isn't Working

Harry Belafonte | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Harry Belafonte

There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

MLK's Kids' Money Fight -- So What Else Is New?

William H. Turner | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

When I first read about the dispute, I rolled my eyes back and sighed despondently, as though I had heard about the loss of something or someone that was near and dear to me.

FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

Michele Willens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger.

The 'Lost' Gilligan Calypso

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Geoffrey Dunn

The U.S.-produced sitcom Gilligan's Island was one of the most popular programs in global television history -- but it has long been forgotten that the original theme song for the show was a calypso-styled composition sung by none other than "Sir Lancelot."

Harry Belafonte Makes History at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In 1935, at age 5, Harry Belafonte saw his first movie, Tarzan, and knew he never wanted to be one of those people from Africa. This bit of personal h...

Mike Ryan

'12 Years A Slave' Director Heckled At Awards Ceremony

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Monday night's moving New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony was marred when controversial film critic Armond White began heckling "12 Years A S...