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Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.

An Inside Look at America's Diverse Travelers

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Cesar M. Melgoza

By taking language preferences, historical tours and tailored resources into consideration, attractions can ensure that vacationers are having the most fulfilling experience possible while maximizing their profits.

Microaggression: The New Workplace Bigotry

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Microaggressions are the negative assumptions we make about people that limit their humanity and value. As progressive as many workplaces are, we might be surprised that our everyday interactions are filled with microaggressions that undermine our self-worth and productivity.

Taking My Baby to Kara Walker's Sugar Baby

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Her latest work in Brooklyn is at the Domino sugar factory, a defunct warehouse that is set for demolition. Walker is taking this opportunity to make a statement about slavery, perceptions of black bodies, human exploitation, and the sugar-coating of history.

The Year in Racism

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

When a celebrity get busted for driving drunk with an ounce of cocaine, they at least admit to having a problem and check into a clinic. When a politician gets caught having an affair, they at least suggest they have let people down and get counseling. But for some reason being racist is the only sin that provides political cover.

Lupita Nyong'o and America's Complicated Relationship With Beauty

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

She has admitted publicly that it took her years to equate herself with beauty. One need not look much further than her character "Patsy" to understand why.

Top 10 Best Ways We Should Start Measuring Black Success

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It's finally time that we have that long awaited talk about measuring black success. For far too long we have given many a pass when it comes to what they say and how they go about navigating what it means to achieve for the community.

Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential developments of the past century. However, recent research offers hopeful signs for regional Democrats.

Champion of African American History: The Honorable Shirley Chisholm of New York

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

With her slight build, distinctly precise diction, and relentless energy, Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York will be forever remembered for the ground she broke in Congress, and the ground she laid for millions of women, girls, and African Americans in this country.

My Brother's Keeper: A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

The fraction of young men not working or enrolled in school is nearly twice as high for blacks than whites. Those neither working nor in school are not building the skills and experience needed to ensure their ability to succeed later in life.

Study: More People of Color Sentenced to Private Prisons Than Whites

Michaela Pommells | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Private prisons have been marketed as the necessary supplement to save taxpayer dollars. It is a system designed by the rich and for the rich. A system that clearly relies on the incarceration of African American and Latino people for its survival.

Many Rivers to Cross: Giving Up on Bridging the Racial Divide

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Even with a black man in the White House, we're still training our black boys how to be careful out there. I'm sure they're aware of the danger, having watched how some white people have treated that black president for the past few years.

What Amy Chua Didn't Tell You: Why 'The Triple Package' Is Dead Wrong

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Khanh Ho

I'm not here to jump on that bandwagon. I'm here to address one crucial question that Amy Chua does not consider: the uneven starting point that immigrants face when they decide to come to the United States.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

Megyn Kelly Didn't Go Far Enough; It's Not Just Jesus. God's White, Too

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.15.2014 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

A white God is the poison pill buried in the creamy cannoli of Christianity. God is white. Man is made in God's image; and thus white men are Godly. The rest of us are those over whom God's reflections (white men) rightly hold dominion.

WATCH: You Won't Believe When This History Making NASCAR Driver First Got Behind The Wheel

Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices

After becoming the first African-American to win on NASCAR's national level in 50 years, talk show host Arsenio Hall chatted with 20-year-old Darrell ...

Slavery Displayed on Screen: a Discussion With the Creators of Roots about 12 Years a Slave & Django Unchained

Antonio Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Antonio Moore

In light of the new Renaissance in African American film and television Wolper states he and his company are continuing their legacy, and developing African American stories around a few of the key social justice moments that deeply affected all of America.

'Sambo' Versus 'Redskin'

Stampp Corbin | Posted 12.22.2013 | Sports
Stampp Corbin

The current Washington name is an embarrassment to the city of D.C and beyond, as well at the NFL. Can you imagine the NFL or owners would keep the name if 25 percent of the players in the NFL were Native American? Talk about tyranny of the majority.

Iyanla, Can You Fix My Relationship with Hip Hop?

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

So let's get the turntables spinning and musical love affair juices flowing. I may not be in love with hip hop anymore but the music is still near and dear to my heart.

Marching Forward

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Dr. King spoke about the solutions of fairness, opportunity and equality. We have come so far but for many of our citizens the ideals of justice, liberty and the pursuit of the American Dream remain an elusive dream.

Guess What? Racism Isn't Good Science

Jesse Larner | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Jesse Larner

I think it's fair to say that Richwine is making a fraudulent argument that, contrary to his claims of good science, is the product of his own personal and ideological needs rather than of any good data. The interesting question is why he needs to do this.

No Table Flipping and Weave Pulling -- Creating Characters Who Actually Support Sisterhood

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 10.08.2013 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

I went into the creative process promising myself to listen directly to the voices of my characters. I felt compelled listen to the voices telling me that Avery and her multicultural mosaic of friends would not succumb to cat fights and back-stabbing to move the story forward.

Not Everybody Liked Obama's Trayvon Speech

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices
Shirin Sadeghi

Obama's speech hit all the right notes -- there is no question that he addressed the primary issues many people of color have been deeply concerned about on this topic -- and it almost felt good to hear him talk about the "pain" and "experience" of black America. It almost felt good -- but it didn't.

The Homegoing Business

Danielle M. Bennett | Posted 07.19.2013 | New York
Danielle M. Bennett

As a kid, raised between Yonkers and Harlem, Davis recalls four funeral homes on the next block. Today, there's only one. The number of black residents is shrinking, and "people coming into the neighborhood don't avail themselves of the professionals that are here," Davis says.

The Cancer of Racism Thrives in America

Chris Williams | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

For every person in this society to begin receiving a fair shake, each one of us has to become proactive in fighting on the side of right and not on the side of privilege.