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What About the Voters? Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

Franita Tolson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

The existence of statutory and constitutional provisions that bear on the rights of voters should factor into the judicial analysis of whether states can adopt measures that create a tension with federal law.

America's Persistent Struggle to Love Black Youth

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Black children are presently under continual assault by well-maintained practices of white racial domination and exclusion, resulting in the marginalization of Africans and African Americans into adulthood. These children are under attack physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Paul Ryan and the Inner City American Dream Deferred

Antonio Moore | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Ryan's statement has undertones of racial bias and ignorance, and it fails to acknowledge the depth of the context of America's dark history. A history that digs back to the tobacco farms of Jamestown, Virginia, then makes its way forward to the lunch counters in Selma, Alabama.

Obama Honors 24 Heroes Who Didn't Get Their Due

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn't get their due. On Tuesday, 24 ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in ...

Being White in Philly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

j.n. salters | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

As I continued to make my way down the shit show covered in shamrocks, I asked myself, what if all these people outside were black?

Mentoring: The Hindu-American Community's Great Seva

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Mentoring is probably one of the most individually fulfilling activities I experienced, but only in recent years have I truly appreciated how intrinsic the concept has been to Hinduism.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Therapy When Holding It In Is Enough

Catherine Okafor | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices
Catherine Okafor

There are so many misconceptions about therapy, especially within communities of color. Instead of supporting and encouraging our loved ones to seek help, we have been guilty of discouraging it as if it's taboo.

The Women Who Keep the Good Going

Areva Martin | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I love that March marks Women's History Month, and that each year at about the same time, spring awakens me to what's new. I am also reminded of the blessings of old and of what I've received thanks to the many women who've come before me.

The State of Black LGBT People and Their Families

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

We know that Black LGBT people can struggle to find acceptance not only in mainstream America, but also within their own LGBT and African American communities. Now we have the figures to back up what we witness firsthand daily.

3 Life Lessons From Shadra Strickland, Children's Book Illustrator

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shadra Strickland, celebrated children's book illustrator, for our Zoobean Experts on Air series. Ms. Strickland recently released Please, Louise in collaboration with Toni and Slade Morrison.

Faith, Race and Leadership: Conversations With Morehouse College's 11th President

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

The recent inauguration of Morehouse College's 11th president is a major milestone not only for HBCUs (Historic Black Colleges and Universities) and t...

Using Social Media to Spark On Campus Dialogue

Catherine Okafor | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Catherine Okafor

For quite some time many have warned of the dangers of abusing social media by posting all the wrong things, however, some are using it the right way....

African American Churches and the Neglected Public Minister

Billy Honor | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Billy Honor

Today, given the myriad of social issues that plague African-American communities we are desperately in need of more pastors who are committed to the public theological and intellectual tradition.

I, Too, Am Harvard

Catherine Okafor | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Catherine Okafor

I, too, remember occurrences of feeling singled out by my peers solely due to my race. Some may think that I was simply pulling the "race card," however I was only showing "my reality card." It's the true reality that so many minority students face on their respective campuses.

Michael Sam, Part 2: The Issue of Race in America

Oscar G. Lopez | Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Oscar G. Lopez

The forceful reaction to Mr. Sam's coming out illustrates not only the homophobia that is rampant in sport and society at large, but moreover it suggests the level of homophobia that is present in African American communities.

An Open Letter to Lupita Nyong'o

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

There are hundreds of little Lupitas across the globe that now believe they can achieve their dreams because of your presence as an astounding role model. This Oscar win is more than just another accolade; it symbolizes a change that women of color have been waiting for.

Refusing the Happy Ending: 12 Years A Slave

Miriam Petty | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Miriam Petty

Hollywood movies are notoriously good at reducing complex problems to isolated, emotional experiences. The happy endings of films on racial themes reflect Americans' collective investment in concluding a conversation that has barely begun.

The Best Possible Tribute To Our Ancestors In Honor Of Black History Month

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.28.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.

We Are the Environment

Nikki Silvestri | Posted 02.27.2014 | Green
Nikki Silvestri

We don't just need to fight against all the things that are broken--carbon pollution, fossil fuels, poverty, and waste. We also need to mend things. We need to build a world that really works; one that we feel good about passing along to our kids and grandkids.

Sojourner's Truth

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.

Black Players Get the Flag with NFL's 'N-Word' Ban

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The NFL might toss the flag on the N-word. Despite the effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be the ones to get the flag tossed at them.

The N-Word and the NFL

Randy Miller | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

If the NFL were to institute a rule that outlaws usage of the N-word or any racial slur on the football field, at the very least the league would be guilty of two things: (1) Instituting a rule designed to protect white privilege and (2) Being self-righteously hypocritical.

Affordable Health Care Is Right for America -- and a Worthy Tribute to Black History Month

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

Why is it so difficult to gain wider support for insuring America's greatest asset, expanding the security of protecting one's health -- which cannot be replaced? Is it a resistance to putting the 'little people' on a level with the more affluent in our society?

Disbelief Doesn't Cure Discrimination

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Humanists and other secular-minded people of every level need to understand that "isms" like sexism and racism don't go away just because we identify as atheists or humanists. We need to unpack our privileges and cultural baggage in order to stop discriminatory behavior.

Black History is NASA History Too

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.