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America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.03.2016 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2016 | Green
Keith Rushing

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution.

We Need to Stop Joking About Prison Rape

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.24.2016 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

The fact of the matter? In any way, shape or form, rape is, was and never has been a joke. Yet why do we crack these tired old gags about Bubba and not bending for soap in the showers? The material is lame, done to death and not even that funny to begin with.

Obama at the NAACP: Nibbling at the Margins

Inge Fryklund | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Inge Fryklund

The fundamental problem isn't the sentencing. The real problem is defining the sale and usage of drugs as criminal acts. That underlying assumption went unchallenged in Obama's call for criminal justice reform.

A Historic Week for the Fight to #EndMassIncarceration! But Will President Obama Play It Safe or Courageously?

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

The President can and must do more. There are at least two things in his executive authority and at least one or two more things that he must call on Congress to do in order to meet the challenge of the hour.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

President Obama: You Forgot Women and Mass Incarceration

Michele Goodwin | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

There is urgent need to recognize that the dangerous norms that trigger male incarceration, particularly the drug war, also impact women. This issue will not resolve on its own. Nor will policy solutions designed primarily, if not exclusively for men, address the concerns of women behind bars.

The Electrifying Rachel Dolezal Story

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.17.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

But that's not the main reason parts of Black America are upset with her. People are upset that she CHOSE to live as black woman, and she can CHOOSE to live as a white woman with all rights and privileges restored while everyday black folks can't shed their blackness in favor of being white for a day.

Another Black Man Goes to Prison

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Just like last week and the week before, another black man will be going to prison. But the tragedy stops here. This man is not a criminal or a hopeless recidivist. This man is Barack Obama, the first sitting President of the United States to tour a federal prison -- El Reno in Oklahoma.

Eric Holder Is Really, Really Sick Of People Saying He's Anti-Cop

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, she tried to thread a needle on...

Obama: Criminal Justice System 'Skewed By Race And By Wealth'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The criminal justice system is "particularly skewed by race and by wealth," President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NA...

This Is Our Selma

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

It's a sad and shameful truth that 50 years after the bloodshed in Selma -- 50 years after our prized Voting Rights Act -- African Americans have fewer, not more, voting protections today. This is a moral struggle. Once again, we must put on our marching shoes.

NAACP Ends 15-Year Boycott Of South Carolina

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.11.2015 | Politics

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced Saturday the end to its 15-year economic boycott of the state of Sout...

Our Health Matters: The Struggle to End HIV Continues

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

Violence is not the only thing wreaking havoc on our communities, and if we are not careful we could lose a generation to a preventable disease -- HIV.

Black Pastors Across America Will Preach About HIV/AIDS This Sunday

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion

The black church has always been a place of power for the African-American community. It was where black leaders secretly preached the gospel of freed...

Samantha Lachman

What's At Stake In The Trial Over North Carolina Voting Restrictions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

When Army Spc. Timothy Patillo, 26, returned to Fort Bragg after an overseas deployment a month before the 2014 elections, he went to a North Carolina...

President Obama Plans Empowering People With Solar -- Renewables Goal Still a Climate Fail

Kyle Ash | Posted 07.09.2016 | Green
Kyle Ash

Every community deserves clean air and clean power. And if it can produce that electricity on its own, that's community empowerment for the climate.

The Greatest American Heroine You've Never Heard of: Why Florence Kelley Should Be the Woman on the Next $10 Bill

Sally Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Sally Greenberg

One of the National Consumers League's founders, Florence Kelley, was a champion for equal rights and consumer protections who fought her whole life for democracy and would be an ideal candidate - a true unsung female American hero.

The Chilling Effect of Banishing Symbols of Hate

Michael Meyers | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Michael Meyers

Leo Tolstoy said, "History would be something extraordinary if only it were true." True history is not scary or offensive. True history is eye-opening and jarring.

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

It's Impossible to Lie About Your Race

Ann Morning | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Ann Morning

There's an important question being left out of the furor over charges that Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the NAACP's Spokane chapter, has been "lying" about her race: How can you lie about something that doesn't have any objective truth to it in the first place?

Bree Newsome Speaks Out: 'I Refuse To Be Ruled By Fear'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

Black activist Bree Newsome says she refuses to be ruled by fear. Newsome’s intolerance to racial injustice and the horrific shooting that kille...

Writing She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.28.2016 | Books
Jill S. Tietjen

To celebrate the success of Harper Lee's previous and anticipated novels, let's discover other women authors through history. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

The Charleston Tragedy and the Generosity of Forgiveness

Barbara Bonner | Posted 06.25.2016 | Books
Barbara Bonner

As we begin to take in the lessons of the Charleston massacre and affirm to live differently, let us tap into our natural human generosity of spirit to lead us down a new path.

The NAACP's First Trans-Racial Leader

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 06.22.2016 | Black Voices
Adrian Margaret Brune

If Dolezal felt she might have an easier time of achieving her goals as a woman of mixed race, then cynically, she was likely correct. She need not look further than the example of Walter White.