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Michael Eric Dyson

If There's No Hope, Why Bother Fighting?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

If all is lost, then there's no reason to try and win. But all is not lost. We have won tremendous victories on civil rights and equality for everyone. We've also suffered setbacks. But we cannot give up. We will not give up. In fact, we shall overcome.

Giuliani Was Correct About Black-on-Black Crime

Dominic Carter | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Dominic Carter

"The white police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other." --Rudy Giuliani on Face the Nation You may not like the messenger or...

Amanda Terkel

Rudy Giuliani Says White Cops Needed To Stop Black People From Shooting Each Other | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday criticized what he described as lopsided coverage of the situation in Ferguson, M...

The Clippers Players Were Far From Cowards in Handling the Donald Sterling Situation

Etan Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices
Etan Thomas

A well-informed person would have observed that the players handled the entire situation very intelligently. They were strategic in their demands and patient in their response. This is a game of chess -- it's not checkers. Unfortunately, many criticizers simply didn't understand that.

The Need for Action

Ryan Mack | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ryan Mack

A man fell in a hole and was hanging for his life on the edge shouting, "Help... help me!" A preacher walks by, sees him in distress, gets on his kne...

Thank You Note: A Conversation With Nas and Michael Eric Dyson

Jasmine Rand | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Jasmine Rand

I was one of the attorneys that represented the family of Trayvon Martin, but I felt sole responsibility for the miscarriage of justice. Not even blessed to be a mother yet, but I already failed my distant relatives. I failed to set the future at the feet of my son.

Jesus Is Hip Hop!

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

When queried about the specific connection between the Black Church and Hip Hop, Daniel White Hodge cites research pointing to an epic disconnect: this music impassioned precisely those young African-Americans who in previous generations would have channeled their energies into institutionalized religion.

Tim Allen Condemned For 'N-Word' Rant

Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

Tim Allen took heat on Sunday for his insistence in an interview released over the weekend that "the 'n-word' is worse to me than n*****." The comm...

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

WATCH: MSNBC's 9 Wildest Moments Of 2012

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.07.2013 | Media

After posting the 9 Wildest Things Fox News Said In 2012, many of you wrote to us asking if we'd make a compilation of MSNBC's wildest moments, too. ...

Cornel West Takes Aim at Black MSNBC Hosts For Supporting Obama

The Huffington Post | Michelle Marques | Posted 11.13.2012 | Black Voices

Cornel West is no stranger to controversy, and this time his fervent slingshot is aimed at black MSNBC hosts. During an interview on "Democracy N...

Slowing Down the Death March of Commercialized Hip Hop

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 05.07.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

While I stand as a man who is truly a fan of hip-hop, I personally argue that we should place boundaries on the messages that we allow artists (and networks) to give to our children.

Politics as Usual: Decoding the Attacks on a Liberal Education

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 02.26.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Few university courses generate much attention from mainstream media, but Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson's course "The Sociology of Hip-Hop: Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z" has drawn national attention.

Jay-Z In The Ivory Tower?

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 02.01.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Michael Eric Dyson parses Jay-Z's lyrics as if analyzing fine literature. The rapper's riffs on luxury cars and tailored clothes an...

Left of Black with Guest Michael Eric Dyson

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 12.31.2011 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Left of Black S:2 E:1 w/ Michael Eric Dyson September 12, 2011 Host Mark Anthony Neal, is joined by Georgetown professor and public intellectual Mi...

Janell Ross

Congressional Black Caucus Members Call for Action on Joblessness | Janell Ross | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday publicly accused the Obama administration of failing to adequately address a veritable epidemic ...

Washington Insiders Break the Silence on Violence Against Women in V-Day DC A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer 2011

Diana Mao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Diana Mao

V-Day is a global, activist movement to stop violence against women and girls and the catalyst behind creative events that revitalize the spirit of anti-violence against women organizations.

The Black Catfight Over Obama's Blackness

Derrick K. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick K. Baker

The fact that African Americans are arguing over what their brother atop the political food chain should be doing to help his community means that we're paying attention and we care.

Tavis Smiley on His "We Count!" Conference and Why America Needs the Black Agenda

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

A conversation needs to be had about whether it's a good strategy for us to ever tell any President that he or she doesn't need to address a black agenda.

Black Union Conference 2010: Tavis Smiley Brings Back Meeting To Push Black Agenda

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two months after ending his annual State of the Black Union conference, Tavis Smiley is gathering African-American advocates to press the case for a "...

Thats What's Wrong with Black People

Elon James White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elon James White

These members of the Black intelligentsia see it as their job to step up and police President Obama on his dealings on Blackness.

Civil Rights: Is Gay the New Black?

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Leave it to Michael Eric Dyson to connect the dots between Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Ghandi, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King.

Taking a STAND: Aretha vs. Beyonce

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Check out this clip from my new film, Stand, in which my boys Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson debate who is a better singer, Aretha or Beyoncé.

Taking a "Stand" on the Black Male Experience

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tavis Smiley

My new film STAND reflects on Black men who "stood" for something in the past and what it means as Black men continue to "stand" for something now.

Tavis Smiley's Big Day

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karen Ocamb

Gay and bisexual black men in California have household incomes that are 44 percent lower than their heterosexual counterparts.