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WATCH: Why Lenny Kravitz Didn't Like Being Called 'Black'

OWN | Posted 05.30.2013 | OWN

As a Grammy Award-winning musician, Lenny Kravitz seems to transcend genres to create an indescribably cool sound. Though his musical style may escape...

WATCH: The Perfect Answer To The Most Annoying Question Ever | Posted 05.30.2013 | Comedy

But if one more person, JUST ONE MORE PERSON, tells me about THE GREAT INDIAN BUFFET around the block, well, I might just unleash what the woman in th...

Can I Touch Your Hair?

Antonia Opiah | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

Even if we can all agree that it's unacceptable to touch any stranger in any sort of way, we're still left with an un-satiated curiosity about black hair.

My Favorite Cupcake

Write for the Future | Posted 07.27.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Sydney Sykes I invented a cupcake for a student business competition last summer and the creation best describes me: vanilla cake, chocolate f...

In Rememberance of Memorial Day

Dave Santulli | Posted 07.26.2013 | Impact
Dave Santulli

No matter how many resources -- human and financial -- we invest in war, we have few to spare for peace.

Bob Costas on Being Commissioner, Changes Major League Baseball Needs and Race

Dexter Rogers | Posted 07.26.2013 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

I decided to reach out to Costas and gauge his potential interest in being commissioner. I also wanted to know Costas' thoughts about possible changes he would make in baseball.

Obama Was Respectful and Patient With Heckler-- His Critics Could Learn From Him

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I predict that when the last "lefty" white commentator has wrung the last drop of sanctimonious drivel out of the "failures" of this presidency that the actual facts will stand for all time.

President Obama and the New Talented Tenth

Theodore Johnson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Certainly, the name "Talented Tenth" carries baggage that may be insurmountable. It is rather difficult to redefine an infamous concept that has existed for nearly 120 years.

Race Is at the Root of the Divide Over Immigration Reform

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

If you're worried about the growing political strength of people of color, which is happening in large part because of a rapidly growing Latino population, then you might be motivated to do what you can to stop immigration reform.

Senator Vitter Offers -- and Senate Democrats Accept -- Stunning Amendment With Racially Tinged Impacts

Bob Greenstein | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

In today's Senate debate on the farm bill, Senator David Vitter offered -- and Senate Democrats accepted -- an amendment that would increase hardship and will likely have strongly racially discriminatory effects.

The Skinny of Fashion's Body-Image Issue

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 07.21.2013 | Style
Summer Rayne Oakes

Model Kate Dillon and Summer Rayne Oakes talk about body image and fashion.

How Not to Welcome a Brown Person

Erwin de Leon | Posted 05.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Erwin de Leon

I was at a recent convening of middle-class, well-educated liberals. This being a Washington, D.C., area group, it was predominantly white, with a spa...

Wealth Accumulation, Race And The American Ashkenazi Jewish Experience

AVODAH | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion

"She's not white, she's Jewish." Sometimes I would like to say this about myself, but it is untrue. I am a proud Jew and a proud white person, but that's not so easy to say. Is there reason for white people to be proud of their race after this country's legacy of racism?

What If the GOP Just Keeps Getting Whiter as America Gets "Browner"?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

My hope is that the GOP's leaders read these numbers and adopt both a tone and policy stances that unite rather than divide.

Charles Ramsey, 'Ratchet' Social Media and the Exploitation of Lower-Class Blacks

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The experiences of Charles Ramsey, Sweet Brown and Antoine Dodson are unique in a sense that the public is making fun of their sincere demeanor.

Steve King: Obama 'Lowering American Values'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) took aim at President Barack Obama on Thursday, accusing him of dividing the nation on issues of race and religion by injecti...

On Leadership: Sunburned Black Folks

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

This just makes me smile, because it completely neutralizes the backwards theory of and around this crazy thing called race and racism. While in the...

Thomas's Race Hit on Obama Is No Surprise

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did the seemingly impossible -- he turned from court mute to a hit man on President Obama.

Finding Myself in My Name

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Malcolm Thompson I was once afraid of the dark and terrified of girls. Today I am a fearless defensive lineman, captain of the wrestling team an...

The Question I Don't Want You To Ask About My Family

Denise Henry | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

I wipe my children's faces a certain way, I caress their knees or elbows in a certain way when they fall down and I scold them in a way that only a parent can.

Coming of Age with a Duality

Write for the Future | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Write for the Future

I was truly a rarity at my first debate tournament. As a sophomore, I was one of the youngest competing. I was also the lone African American and contended against all white males.

Rush Limbaugh, Gays, Christians, Tebow and a World Turned Upside Down

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 07.01.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

It is true that we've come a long way as a society in rejecting the mindless prejudices that have long relegated gays to the closet, legally and socially. But it's a joke to argue, as Limbaugh does, that the Tim Tebows of the world are unfairly persecuted in comparison with the Jason Collins of the world.

8 Reasons Brazilians Totally Count As Latino

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2013 | Latino Voices

Who exactly counts as "Latino" and what does the term really mean? This question has prompted a lot of speculation from the U.S. Census Bureau, wh...

From Boston With Love

Dave Santulli | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Dave Santulli

The recent tragedy in Boston reminds us why we do what we do. The disease that we fight every day is not one of the body; it is one of the mind.

High Stakes for Hip-Hop Studies

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.29.2013 | College
Erik Nielson

I see the addition of hip-hop-themed courses to college curricula as a matter of basic common sense and something to celebrate. And yet teaching it remains controversial.