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

Glen Browder | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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.

The Courts Failed Trayvon Martin: Can the Church Step Up?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

As a minister, I want both reconciliation and justice. If you think there is no racism in this nation, you are willfully blind. If you believe there has been no progress towards racial justice, your eyes are not open.

Touching Our Netroots: African-Americans Create Place and Space at Annual Progressive Conference

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

"If we do not go out of our way to make ourselves visible we will not be." Progressivism at all times should be about ideas, coalition building and ...

Ready for Primetime: E & P Hudson

Yvonna Russell | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Young brothers from Atlanta, Emmanuel & Phillip Hudson are blowing up on YouTube with over 20 million views for their hilarious web series, E&P Hudson.

Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Today, there are almost 8,000 farmers' markets throughout the United States. And according to the Department of Agriculture, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. These markets represent an important new source of green jobs and businesses.

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

"Tread Softly Because You Tread on My Dreams," A Story of American Greatness

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 07.07.2013 | Good News
Molly Alexander Darden

Long pause. Then Foster looked them in the eyes, her voice still strong, still perspiring, and made her last-ditch pitch. "This is the smartest thing I've ever come up with to do. It's my life; it's all that I do," she said. "Right now, I'm homeless." You could've heard a pin drop.

The Little Red Heart of Soul Track Mind

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Entertainment
James Moore

The coming together of a seven-piece soul band on an Internet ad site is not unremarkable but there is a certain level of amazement when their talent is gathered on stage. Soul Track Mind's performances are not just stylish trumpet or sax solos and blurry guitar riffs; they are a cultural exclamation point about American music.