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Obama's Historic Comments on Race Need to be Followed by Bold Action to Ban Racial Profiling

Keith Rushing | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

With a controversial issue, like race, and a power structure that's resistant to change, it takes support and affirmation from people of influence to move the needle.

Gloria Steinem and the Faces of Feminism: MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Makers is a term for all women, whether or not she calls herself a feminist, makes a home, works on a construction crew. She may be the first woman firefighter, first female brigadier general, or first woman orthodox rabbi.

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Is New York Still a Home for Artists? Or My Home... So to Speak?

Kalup Linzy | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

Unlike my early days in New York, I no longer roam the boroughs attending opening after opening, party after party, all night conversations in some random artist loft/apartment/space (the after after party). It sounds great because it was great. It was also more distracting than inspiring.

Adrian Grenier Explores His Latin Heritage

Posted 05.20.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, Henry Louis Gates has investigated what it means to have a range of genealogical history including European and African heritage. This wee...

John Legend Finds His Roots

Posted 05.12.2012 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates has unearthed the family origins of many famous faces, from media legend Barbara Walters, to domestic diva Martha Stewart and even f...

WATCH: Martha Stewart Finds Her Roots

Posted 05.06.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, celebrities make fascinating discoveries about their family history with the help of Henry Louis Gates Jr. On his PBS series "Finding Your...

Skip Gates Helps Samuel L. Jackson Find His Roots

Posted 04.29.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, The Huffington Post Black Voices tells you what Henry Louis Gates has planned on his show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr." ...

Henry Louis Gates Helps Robert Downey Jr. Find His Roots

Posted 04.22.2012 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates Jr. has helped celebrities uncover fascinating aspects of their ancestry, oftentimes discovering things they never knew before. This...

Henry Louis Gates Helps 3 Religious Leaders Find Their Roots

Posted 04.15.2012 | Black Voices

This season on his PBS series, "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," Henry Louis Gates has already helped media legend, Barbara Walters, di...

Henry Louis Gates Helps Kevin Bacon Find His Roots

Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices

Last week, we told you about how renowned Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., helped media legend Barbara Walters uncover aspects of her family ...

Reflections on Trayvon Martin and Racism in New York in the 1980s

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.03.2012 | New York
Robert David Jaffee

I have never forgotten that period of time and hoped that it had faded, that our nation had changed.

WATCH: Henry Louis Gates Helps Barbara Walters Find Her Roots

Posted 04.02.2012 | Black Voices

Renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has helped a number of celebrities discover integral aspects of their family origins, now he's taking...

Gates' 'Finding Your Roots' Debuts New Season

The Washington Post | Posted 03.25.2012 | Black Voices

It wasn't a question of whether his ancestors had been slaves. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a son of the Old South and one of the country's leading civil ...

Diploma Of Harvard's First Black Alum Discovered In Condemned Chicago House

Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

An abandoned home near 75th and Sangamon, on Chicago's South Side, was the unlikely hiding place for an important piece of black history -- the papers...

Four Months of Celebrity Roots on Air in 2012

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.10.2012 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

For genealogy buffs and those who just can't get enough of celebrities, there's plenty of cause to celebrate in 2012 as there will be four solid months of famous roots on air.

New Book By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Looks At African-American Icons

www.counterpunch.org | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices

Considering the cynicism many of us feel about the current state of American education, at least with the curriculum there is one vast improvement fro...

Bill Gates: Education Can Be Reformed Before Poverty Is Eliminated

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

BOSTON — Microsoft founder Bill Gates told the National Urban League on Thursday that a child's success should not depend on the race or income ...

6 Degrees of Separation: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon Are Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.17.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Kyra Sedgwick describes the discovery that she and her husband Kevin Bacon are 10th cousins once-removed as "a little upsetting," but it shouldn't be. Here's why.

The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

Gaston Caperton | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

There is an education crisis facing young men of color. It's not on the front page of the newspaper, but it's out there, and if we fail to address this crisis together, the education level of the entire American workforce will decline for the first time in our history.

Genealogy on TV

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

There's no question that 2010 was a banner year for roots lovers, but indications are that it's only going to get better.

Harriet Wilson's Sunday School

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.31.2012 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The author of the first novel published by a black woman in the U.S. was also a leader of the Spiritualist movement that sought guidance from the dead.

The Black Magi And Other Black Figures In European Christmas Art

theroot.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Over the centuries, European artists depicted a variety of religious figures as black, most notably one of the Three Kings, or Magi, bearing gifts for...

Henry Louis Gates Interviews Isabel Wilkerson About Her Book On America's Great Migration (VIDEO)

TheRoot.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Isabel Wilkerson spent 10 years and interviewed more than 1,500 people to write The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration,...

Faces of America: The Yamaguchi Story -- How an Immigrant Farmer Paved the Way for Success

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tatsuichi Yamaguchi did not have the option to do anything else with his life -- all he knew was farming. But he refused to be broken by his experience, and he paved the way for his children's and his grandchildren's success.