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Being Called An 'Exotic Beauty' Is Not A Compliment

Erica Barry | Posted 04.18.2014 | Teen
Erica Barry

My mixed identity has forced me to navigate the world in a different way and "learn" to do a lot of things that other people don't have to learn.

America the Beautiful for the 21st Century

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 04.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Raul A. Reyes

So Coke's commercial truly reflects our nation's past, present and future. What's wrong with that?

Thank You Coke: Why Embracing Multiculturalism Is Smart

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

It is high time that we embraced a view of our nation that reflects its changing character. The American family is no longer that 1950s image of a white mom and dad, two kids and a station wagon.

Viewing U.S. Hispanics as a Deficiency Model Puts America at Risk

Glenn Llopis | Posted 03.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

U.S. Hispanics are living with an identity crisis that has been fueled by the negative perception of Hispanics perpetuated by the media, corporations, politicians and society at large. However, the responsibility lies equally within the Hispanic community.

Transforming Urban Diversity From Liability Into Asset

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The issue of diversity is universal, but it is especially significant in cities in the developing world. People of different origins, religions, or cultures can easily become the "other," which often leads to marginalization and even violence.

Too Good to Be True

Emre Celik | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Emre Celik

Does such skepticism further ostracize the 'other' or does it give rise to greater motivation and encouragement for such communities, groups and organizations to be more proactive?

Jewish Peoplehood in a Multicultural World

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

While vanishingly few of us, then, have ever truly set aside the solidarity that has sustained us as a people for three millennia, all too many of us are prejudiced and yes, even flat-out, no-getting-around-it racist towards other Jews.

"Thanksgivukkah? Thankukah?": Love it or Hate it?

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Interweaving two holidays helps us examine what it means to come together. How does a national story converge with a minority's perseverance? How do we unite while not disappearing into a single narrative of the dominant?

EY Honors Top Women Entrepreneurs at Winning Women Luncheon at the Strategic Growth Forum

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

"When I saw that little girl on television, she was a beautiful girl. They asked her why she didn't like the African-American doll and she said it was ugly -- "her skin is ugly just like my skin." I cried. You cannot have little girls growing up and believing that they are unattractive."

The Menorah Tree: Dangerous Religious Syncretism or Amazing Religious Creativity?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

With Hanukkah fast approaching, consider this image. What do you think? Dangerous religious syncretism, you say? Pandering to a perverse need to ...

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

A Thanksgivukkah Manifesto

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

A once in a century holiday is upon us. The menurkey will soon sit at the table with the pumpkin pie and the latkes. Let us not underestimate this moment for the American Jewish community. Thanksgivukkah is here.

Spas and the Leap Toward Multicultural Marketing

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

Beauty schools as a whole tend to disregard brown skin in their curriculum, despite the rapidly growing high degree of ethnic spa-goers. Kelly McDonald recently addressed this issue during my interview with her at the International Spa Association's (ISPA) Conference and Expo.

Reclaiming Islam

Ghazala Salam | Posted 12.01.2013 | Religion
Ghazala Salam

More so now than ever Muslims around the world must take a stand -- not defensive or offensive, but one to that leads to the path of education and awareness by becoming better acquainted with their Islamic values and heritage.

An Inclusive Germany

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

Demonstrators in East Germany initially focused on das Volk (the people) but switched after the fall of the Wall to ein Volk (one people), putting the emphasis on the national rather than the civic.

Miss America 2014: From Racist Rants to Multiculturalism

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Media
Parthiv N. Parekh

A few hundred reactive tweets do not represent the national character. Indeed, it is not the fringe, but rather the establishment of the country that is a better indicator of shifting national paradigms.

Why Teach Multicultural Literature?

Bhakti Shringarpure | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices
Bhakti Shringarpure

Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? This is the fundamental question at the heart of this encounter. I remain deeply disheartened by what I often experience in the classroom -- the defensive rage when the dominant culture is attacked.

Cultures don't have rights. People do.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There is nothing wrong, in theory, with a general commitment to respect all cultures, and there is certainly plenty to criticize about my own culture. The point is, when push comes to shove, I'll always choose to respect people's rights over people's cultures. All cultures are not equal.

How Should We Teach the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington?

John Thompson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

Once test-driven "reform" is consigned to the ash pile of history, I want to see education resume its role in helping to bend the arc of history to justice.

A Blue Poppy Grows in Detroit

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Deborah Schoeberlein David

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I've never thought much about Michigan and far less, Detroit. But here in Berkley, just outside the city, I've reali...

'I Don't See Race': An Open Dialogue Between Two Scholar-Mothers About the Unintended Consequences of Racial Blindness and the Importance of Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We came together in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy to talk honestly about racism because we believe the country is in the midst of a teaching moment. As scholars we believe all people have the potential to be lifelong learners, and as mothers we are concerned about racial inequality in our society.

Beyond Paula Deen: Why Multiculturalism Has Failed Us and Why We Need an Intercultural Dialogue

Samuel Autman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Black Voices
Samuel Autman

We can't begin to get along entirely if we don't seek answers from each other about the roots of our biases. In fact, that's one issue I have with the Paula Deen episode. So far I haven't seen in any of her interviews questions as to why she felt it was OK to use the "N" word.

Artist Fuel (The Powerhouse of New York City)

Collette Brown | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Collette Brown

When people look back on this imploding city, what title will they give us? Will we be documented as a purely economic driven society, lead by trends and social status, or is it possible to give a voice to the true powerhouse of this city, the artist?

With Dosa Hunt, Filmmaker Amrit Singh Emerges as Generational Voice

Jim Luce | Posted 07.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The closing gala for this year's New York Indian Film Festival (HuffPo), held in a banquet hall above NYU's Skirball Auditorium, was alive with artist...

7,000+ Attend Outdoor Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston

Tony_Diaz | Posted 07.24.2013 | Latino Voices

Of course, I don't want the organizers to get in trouble for violating City of Houston Fire Codes, so let's say 6,081 attended this amazing Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston.