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Langston Hughes

Every Great Dream Begins With A Dreamer

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Siobhan Kukolic

Seventeen years ago, on May 12th, 1999, my then-boyfriend followed me on a family trip to Ireland and proposed at Ross Castle in Killarney. My cheeks...

Marking Twenty Years of National Poetry Month

Jennifer Benka | Posted 04.15.2016 | Books
Jennifer Benka

What began as a modest effort (inspired by federally designated occasions like Women's History Month in March) to highlight the cultural contributions of poets, promote the sales and distribution of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a phenomenon positively impacting the state of poetry in the United States.

A Street Artist Celebrates Black History One Portrait At A Time

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Funded from his own pocket, 34-year-old Mel Waters devised the project for himself and executed it on city walls (and one delivery truck) to pay tribute to famous African Americans during Black History Month.

Making America Something Better Than Great

Micah Conkling | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Micah Conkling

Besides the suspect notion that there was once some exceptional time in America's history when the country was "great," the problem with making America great is that greatness as an attribute is entirely elusive.

Up on Sugar Hill: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling Looks To Neighborhood's Black History

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.01.2016 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem has a much-lauded history, perhaps most notable for the central role it played during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. The area was once home to the likes of Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston and Thurgood Marshall.

Kalief Browder: Let Us Never Forget His Name

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Cheryl Carlesimo

Let's all keep Kalief Browder's name and sacrifice alive. As Black History month starts. Let's add Kalief Browder's name to the list of heroes who died so that others might live a better life.

Alice Walker's Facebook Page Will Give You All The Black History You Need

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices

Alice Walker joined Facebook last week and has since posted a steady stream of some pretty incredible material. The Color Purple author, whose accoun...

To Be Asked for a Kiss

Poetry Foundation | Posted 02.03.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

by Jericho Brown Suicide's Note by Langston Hughes The calm, Cool face of the river Asked me for a kiss. The desire to be dead and the d...

Trumbo -- Hollywood's Anti-communist Tribute to Itself

Eric Mann | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Eric Mann

Let's look at how Hollywood and capitalism use a film about communism to foster anti-communism at a time when people are once again seeing through and challenging the system itself.

Ex-Catholic Nun + Brooklyn Jewish Husband: How to Celebrate?

Millie Grenough | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Millie Grenough

photo: Millie Grenough Okay, here's the situation: I'm an ex-Catholic nun married to a Brooklyn Jewish guy. Hanukkah is over. Christmas is coming. S...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 #BlackLivesMatter movement. ...

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 05.11.2016 | 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 05.08.2016 | 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 ...