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The Woman Who Has Played Harriet Tubman 200 Times

Chris Taylor | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Taylor

In the theatre world, there are ordinary roles, and then there are roles of a lifetime. Harriet Tubman is among the latter.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

Antonio Moore | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Crack in the System's goal is simply to dig deeper, supply more facts, and provide the definitive story. We accomplished this by interviewing several individuals never seen on camera before speaking about the realities of their involvement with the reach of the contra scandal and cocaine epidemic.

You Need to Know: The Slavery Conditions on Tomato Farms

Eve Turow | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Eve Turow

Thousands of farm laborers work under slavery-like conditions today in the U.S. and Mexico to grow tomatoes and other produce. This January, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) was presented with the 2014 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking.

Is ISIS a Religious Group? Of Course It Is.

David Paul | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
David Paul

This week, the White House held a Summit on Combating Violent Extremism. Walking through the Albuquerque airport on the day of the Summit, I was surprised to see a TV headline ask the question, "Is ISIS a religious group?" It is an absurd question. Of course it is a religious group.

A New Slavery, 150 Years Later

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

It is labeled as human trafficking, but make no mistake -- it is slavery, and worldwide more than 20 million people are its victims.

Fifty Shades of Whiteness

Jim Downs | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

South Africans Transform Historic Sites Into Powerful Public Tributes Honoring Mandela

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

On this day in 1990, massive crowds gathered throughout South Africa to celebrate the release of the nation's beloved Nelson Mandela. It marked a m...

These Pictures Prove Brazil's Legacy Of Slavery Is Not A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.11.2015 | Latino Voices

In 1889, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. More enslaved Africans were sent to Brazil than any other country in the he...

Steve Harvey: 'I Don't Give A Damn About Slavery'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices

In the past Steve Harvey’s advice on relationships has garnered notoriety including a New York Times bestseller for his book, “Act Like a Lady, Th...

President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The President reminded his listeners about some uncomfortable truths. Great crimes have also been committed in the name of Christ. There were the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. These were the great offenses of medieval Christendom.

The Forgotten Muslims Of Early America

The New York Times | PETER MANSEAU | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

It was not the imam’s first time at the rodeo. Scheduled to deliver an invocation at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo last week, Moujahed Bakh...

Black History Month: From Slavery to Obama and Beyond

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

For those who genuinely believed the election of Barack Obama was the arrival of a post-racial America, I hope their examination of the significant opposition to the legitimacy of his first term as president and the continued intransigent opposition to him by a Republican-controlled Congress might provide some degree of a reality check on their belief.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Steven's Court

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Jerry Zezima

As a Connecticut Yankee born and bred -- or perhaps I should say born and white-bread, which is how most people think of Connecticut Yankees -- I have always loved history, not just because I am old enough to be historical myself, but because I could never do algebra.

Amid Super Bowl Human Trafficking Hype, A Reminder That 70% Of Victims Are Sold Online Year-Round

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact

Though some reports point to an uptick in human trafficking around the Super Bowl, experts are increasingly denouncing the statistic as a "myth" that ...

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Free The Slaves

January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Modern-Day Underground Railroad Saves Hundreds of Children

HooplaHa | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that rescues stolen children from slavery. As modern-day abolitionists, Tim Ballard and Dutch, bot...

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

It's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. What's Congress Doing About It?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, according to the FBI. In 2013, nearly 5,000 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Please Stop the Killing

justin adkins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Writing inmates is an important task for us in the "free world." In the vein of Martin Luther King's letter crying "Why We Cant Wait," Comrade Malik writes us about current conditions in Texas prisons and specifically with the Houston Police Department and why we can't wait as prisoners are dying.

Davos Awakenings

Sharan Burrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Sharan Burrow

There is a story of catatonic patients who briefly wake up after being injected with a trial drug, before returning to catatonia. The same awakening could be true for the gathering of elite business leaders every year in Davos at the World Economic Forum.