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Urban America

"Unpimpable" to Pastors Who Prey

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Un-pimp-able. I am. Unpimpable by those "pastors" who prey on the poor, who dwell in opulence, or strut like peacocks in the pulpit, wearing flashy designer suits, lizard or gator shoes, their necks dripping with golden crosses. Those who more resemble gaudy pimp-like creatures than humble men of God.

John, Just a Baptist, Seeking the Same Grace

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

What chills me to the bone is to ponder the fate of those who have misled, or who continue to mislead others down the path of religion rather than into relationship with Christ.

Plugged In, But Still Not Connected

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

CHICAGO--The rumble of the train mixed with the squeal of steel wheels upon miles of steel track rises like the sound of Miles Davis' melancholy horn ...

Dear Son, Rules to the Crying Game

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain and his newborn son sleeping at home 13 years ago. A letter to my 13-year-old son By John W. Fountain Dear son, don't believe the li...

The Word Too Vile to Say

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Words can defile a nation. They help shape and define a new history of self-inflicted devastation -- though not without the impact of our historical degradation. Words that roll off the tongue nowadays without hesitation. They are dehumanizing words of our own creation.

What's Love Got to Do With It? Everything

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Whatever true love is, I have come to see it as an often elusive and yet longed for and sought after entity, one that far too often is reduced to a fleeting emotion, or some material gift given to convey love's sentiment.

The Glamor of Harriet Tubman, Deep to The Roots

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I was never more certain of the need for us as black men to celebrate, uplift and embrace the beauty of black women who gave most of us life, who have borne our children, whom we call mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and in whose likeness we also are made.

I'm So Chicago, I Remember When...

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

By John W. Fountain Chicago's skyline (John W. Fountain, PHOTO) I'm so Chicago that I remember a time when we were a community. A time before crack...

Dear Daughter: Lessons From a Loving Father

John W. Fountain | Posted 01.31.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain with his daughter Imani, just hours after her birth. By John W. Fountain These are a few lessons on life written to my daughter. Som...

The Black Blog

Russell Simmons | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Mr. President, I am deeply concerned about the future of urban America, specifically the plight of people of color. After listening to people's stories from across this country, this is what I have learned we need to do in order to re-build our families, our communities, our companies and our neighborhoods.

Bottom Line? Cory Booker Has Got It!

Erin Schrode | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Erin Schrode

The power of Cory Booker entered my life and quickly spread to family, friends, classmates, teachers, you name it. Everyone seemed to have the same response upon discovering this new breed of political force... this guy is the real deal.

Obama Launches Community-Based Urban Program To Spark Growth

Posted 09.10.2011 | Business

DETROIT -- The Obama administration is launching a pilot program designed to spark economic growth in urban America by partnering federal officials wi...

Who Cares About New York?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Urban America is resurgent and hearing the stories -- both good and bad -- from its diverse environs will help city dwellers and suburbanites alike better understand the nation's economic challenges.