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Langston Hughes

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear-Mongers Themselves

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.21.2015 | Entertainment
Robert S. McElvaine

The fears and knee-jerk reactions that accompany them are understandable in the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, but the cynical attempts by Republican politicians to gain political advantage by stoking those fears and reactions are reprehensible.

Langston Hughes Reduced One of my Seventh Graders to Tears and It Was Amazing

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 10.24.2015 | Education
Kristy L. Moore

It's not that I want my students to cry when they read, but I want my students to cry when they read. I also want them to laugh, get angry, become curious, appreciate the people in their lives, to realize the importance of kindness and acceptance. Their emotional reactions show me that they truly get it.

I, Too Sing For America (My Answer to a Facebook Screed)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Peter Himmelman

I shouldn't have to tell you something so obvious, but many black people in this country feel oppressed and anyone with an open mind can see why this is so.

The Mystery of Rosenwald

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how I never heard of a man, who might arguably have done more good for black Americans than anyone in history.

How Perfectionism Tears Us Down

Matt Baume | Posted 08.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Just about all of us feel pressure to be more than we are. And ambition is great, but that impulse can turn into destructive guilt when you fail to measure up. That failure's self-fulfilling, whether it's little gay boys wishing they were straight, or big gay men comparing each other at the gym.

Listen To The 1930s Poem That Is The Perfect #BlackLivesMatter Tribute

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.10.2015 | Black Voices

A rousing new video connects the Jim Crow-era activism of famed American poet Langston Hughes to the activism of today's #BlackLivesMat...

How Progressives Should Celebrate This July 4th

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Despite the conventional wisdom that patriotism means "my country -- right or wrong" and is best displayed by blind flag-waving, to many Americans patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles, and thus requires dissent and criticism when those in power violate those standards.

WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Receives Long Overdue Medal of Honor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

Almost a century after their service, Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin were finally awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I.

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

It Takes More Than a Village

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

A society is playing with fire when it neglects the needs and desires of its young people; not only are natural talents wasted, but a sense of despera...

Of Dreams Deferred

Monica Cox | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Monica Cox

I dreamt of becoming a writer. I found the spot on the library or book store shelf where my book would reside. And yet, somehow, I knew that writing a book wasn't an occupation. At least not a realistic one for me. It was compartmentalized as a dream.

20 Black Poets You Should Know (And Love)

The Root | Hope Wabuke | Posted 04.16.2015 | Black Voices

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month to celebrate the richness of American poetry. In its honor, here are 20 black...

Mallika Rao

CAPS LOCK Is Cool Again. Here's Why | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts

For decades, artists like the projectionist Jenny Holzer have found political power in all-caps writing. So why is the Caps Lock key so reviled? ...

Four Black Icons Who Remind Us That Harlem Has Been A Street Style Capital For Decades

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.17.2015 | Style

From the Harlem renaissance to the area's resurgence today, the New York City neighborhood has always been an emblem of black culture and style. In ho...

That Time Carter G. Woodson Hired Langston Hughes For His 1st Real Job

The Root | Todd Streven Burroughs | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

This year is the 100th anniversary of what is now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the organization founded ...

Langston Hughes: "In All My Life I Have Never Been Free"

Posted 02.10.2015 | Books

The following is an excerpt from The Letters of Langston Hughes, a collection of correspondences between the author and his loved ones and contemporar...

Celebrating Writer Langston Hughes -- Black, Red and Gay

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
Peter Dreier

Langston Hughes -- the poet, novelist, playwright, and short-story writer -- was born 113 years ago yesterday.

Langston Hughes' 113th Birthday Honored Through Cool Google Doodle

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Google on Sunday celebrated what would have been the 113th birthday of famed African-American poet and social activist Langston Hughes through a power...

Daily Meditation: Hold Onto Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Addicted's Bille Woodruff's 'Naked' Ambitions

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

A faithful adaptation of erotica queen Zane's million copy bestseller, the romancer showcases the posteriors of William Levy, Tyson Beckford, and Boris Kodjoe as they try to satisfy Sharon Leal's Zoe, who's suffering from a hardy case of sex addiction that's destroying both her marriage and career.

It's Time to Redefine Renaissance

Jason Foster | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Jason Foster

The Harlem Renaissance period is an era that I wish that I could somehow experience in my life. The allure of it. The thought that if I was a black male and educated in a variety of things that I would be considered a "Renaissance Man."

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart


America Was Built on Hope Not Fear

Byron Williams | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Byron Williams

For all of its virtues and vices, America has always stood as a beacon of hope. Movements such as civil rights, women's suffrage, and gay equality could not have occurred if America did not promote hope and possibility.

Dr. Vincent Harding’s Call to Make America America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We are citizens of a country that does not yet exist, but it is up to us to finally create and make it a just and hopeful land for all.