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Your Friday Random-Ass Roundup

J.D. Bell | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

If you like reading and the Internet and weekends, then wow, do we have a treat in store for you. Every Friday afternoon we'll regularly post a roundup of interesting news items for your weekend reading material. Here's the first.

Georgia on My Mind

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Nicholas

What does Troy Davis tell us about the land that wrote his story? What does it tell us about who we are? It says we seemed to get some satisfaction from the execution.

Troy Davis Is Dead; the Movement Continues

Rashad Robinson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Rashad Robinson

Before he died, Troy told us that this was about more than him -- and he called on those of us who have fought against his execution to continue fighting for justice, even if we weren't successful in saving his life.

The Ultimate Weekend Warrior Event

Julia Plevin | Posted 11.21.2011 | San Francisco
Julia Plevin

What really stood out to me at the Tough Mudder, an 11-mile mountain run peppered with 23 crazy obstacles, was the teamwork. I would not have been able to scale those walls without the encouragement of my team.

Rebecca Carroll

WATCH: Touré On Michael Vick's White-Wash And Post-Black In America | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.13.2011 | Black Voices

Cultural critic Touré’s article in the September 5 issue of ESPN magazine, "What if Michael Vick Were White?" prompted a maelstrom of controversy...

The Color Bubbles

Eduardo Xol | Posted 11.13.2011 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Xol

For me, it was the first time in my life that I could see a semblance of myself in the leader of the country I was born in. After all, we are both people of color!

Education Largest Determining Factor For Wages

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

Despite a little skepticism, it still more than pays to go to school. In fact, education has a greater effect on how much one earns over their car...

Six Reasons Americans Fall Out Of The Middle Class

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Seems as though the American Dream is just that — a dream. If you were born into a middle class family, there is a high chance t...

Delaware's African American Voters Changed the Political Map

David C. Wilson | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
David C. Wilson

A changing racial-ethnic composition in the U.S. suggests that candidates should not fear, or be uncomfortable, going into predominately racial-ethnic communities to communicate their ideas about how to fix problems.

The 9/11 Story I Choose to Tell: We All Belong to Each Other

Rinku Sen | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

September 11 has become a national day of reflection and resolution. One version of the event's aftermath is that the country came together. After the initial shock of 9/11, however, other stories emerged.

Why Color Matters in America

Brandy Williams | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

The more Blacks are pushed to forget the past and get over it, the more we will feel the salient sting of a festering and rotting wound. This idea that race and color have no bearing on life is a complete and utter lie!

Can Ethnic Pride Translate into Hatred?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 11.01.2011 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Does being an activist for your own race mean discriminating against others?

The Color of Colombiana

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 10.30.2011 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

There is a certain ignorance about Colombians that is very prominent in the United States in which an entire people are once again seen as violent, crime prone members of drug cartels.

There's A Problem With The Help

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Like many others who thought they liked The Help only to be vaguely (or not so vaguely) troubled soon after, I've been worrying about this film in my mind ever since I saw it a few weeks ago.

Historians Respond: Who Needs The Help?

Jim Downs | Posted 10.28.2011 | Home
Jim Downs

The Help has stirred up a controversy.

ESPN's "Whiteface" Vick Is Distastefully Bad Journalism

Hank Koebler | Posted 10.28.2011 | Sports
Hank Koebler

ESPN the Magazine's "What if Michael Vick Were White?" article is a case of a media outlet shamelessly race-baiting for attention's sake.

Watch: What If Michael Vick Were White?

Posted 10.26.2011 | Sports

An ESPN article asking if Michael Vick, the NFL quarterback who was convicted of dog-fighting offenses, would have been treated differently if he was ...

The American Dream, In Black and White

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Obscured by incessant chatter about the credit rating and national debt is the sad reality of poverty and hunger in America. At the root of these issues is the ugly legacy of racism and the failure to recognize white privilege.

President Obama Still Can Seize King's Racial Dream High Ground

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Even as the King Monument is unveiled, the black poor are still tightly trapped in the grip of poverty and discrimination that King warned about.

One to Represent All? How The Help Is Being Punished for a Lack of Minority-Driven Films, Rather Than Its Own Merits as a Movie

Scott Mendelson | Posted 10.25.2011 | Home
Scott Mendelson

It is not the responsibility of The Help to be the be-all, end-all big-studio movie involving the Civil Rights Movement. It does not concern itself with those who actively fought for freedom because that is not the story being told.

Five Years After Racial Incident That Rocked The Nation, The Jena Six Move On

AP | MARY FOSTER | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

JENA, La. — One wants to be a lawyer. One, a soldier. Another, a sports agent. Some don't care to talk about their future or that part of their ...

Divide and Conquer

Jay Tavare | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

As 2012 approaches and our global village gets smaller and more crowded, we must remind ourselves that underneath the stars we are all one race, one people.

A New Voice for Asian Americans

2morrowknight | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home

Eighty years ago, in his best-seller The Epic of America, historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "American Dream." He defined it as not merel...

Mississippi Gets First Black Major Party Candidate For Governor In Modern Times

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Tuesday became the first black candidate in modern times to win major-party nod for Mississi...

After the Riots, "Broken" Britain Grows Still More Fractured

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.21.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

You won't find the most troubling "moral breakdown" in London among its youth. It reveals itself in every humiliating police search, every shuttered youth club, every corruption scandal ingrained in a political structure that walls off ordinary people.