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Why "Courageous" Dinner Conversations Are Important

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.25.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I try to be a gracious, well-mannered dinner guest, and a good listener; or so I'm told. It's what I reflect about over the dinner that may give people indigestion and pause. As acquaintances and friends sometimes ask me: "Eric, why do you often steer dinner discussions toward issues of racism?"

Mobilizing to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Black Community: July 25 Is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern for people of all races. To help increase Hepatitis C awareness, testing and access to treatment for individuals infected with the virus, we recognize National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD) on Friday, July 25.

5 Subjects White People Should Never Initiate in a Conversation With People of Color

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

These conversations were always awkward for me and never satisfying.

Racial Discrimination Continues at the Development Banks Hobbling Efforts to Meet the MDGs in 2015

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Bea Edwards

While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.

Why D.C.'s New Marijuana Law Will Help Blacks

Debbie Hines | Posted 07.18.2014 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

While there are many more racial disparities that affect the number of blacks arrested and charged with various crimes, the new marijuana law is one step in the right direction.

Psy's "Hangover:" Challenging Asian American and African American Relations

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Psy's "Gangnam Style" took the world by storm two years ago. His song broke the Guinness World Record to become the first video to reach a billion views. Soon his song and dance style became a global phenomenon.

How Hip Hop Is 'Screwing' the Urban Black Community

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.16.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Embrace your maturation and all that it entails. As you feel yourself starting to grow out of your youth, don't fight to hold on. Let it go! The best is yet to come...

American Money: 529s a Higher Education Tool

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 07.16.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A 529 is an IRA-like education investment account that allows consumers to invest in mutual funds, withdrawing the money later to cover tuition, books and other educational fees.

Study Finds Black Men Have Made Little Progress On Racial Equality Since 1970

Time | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent years, the U.S. has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act and a number of other landmark accomp...

Dear TIME Magazine: Stop Telling Gay Men How to Act

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

I don't tell African-American women what to like and how to act, so please try to do the same for me. I think it's time that we celebrate each other and stop telling other groups what to like, how to act and what to do.

One Woman with Many Voices Tells About Passage from Guyana to the USA

Isa Freeling | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices
Isa Freeling

DEMERARA GOLD, A One-Woman Show by Ingrid Griffith OPENING: JULY 17 - JULY 31 www.demeraragoldtheshow.com You have only to read a few poignantly...

California's Forgotten Civil War

Kevin Waite | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

The tragedy of slavery and the trauma of the Civil War have left legacies with which all Americans, from coast to coast and everywhere in between, continue to live.

Larenz Tate Explains Why Black Films Struggle At The Box Office

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

We’ve all seen movies that feature black stereotypes: the token black friend, the black criminal or the omnipresent angry black woman. Although Holl...

Eyes on the Prize: Advancing the Cause of Civil Rights

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

Americans across the country will soon gather to celebrate our nation's independence. But it is July 2nd that we must hold in our hearts and minds, if we are to fulfill our nation's promise of freedom and equality for all.

President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge He Has Failed Blacks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has refused to say that any of his initiatives and programs were aimed at blacks. The absence of this frank statement and the longing of many blacks to hear him say that fuels the perception and frustration that he isn't doing enough, or even anything.

America: How We Look Now

Jessie Tromberg | Posted 06.27.2014 | Fifty
Jessie Tromberg

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate American independence, always makes me remember the old Saturday Evening Post magazine with its cover paintings of idyllic American life. Last month -- on June 3, to be precise -- I believe I actually lived one of those covers.

It's Time to Harness the Power of the Pulpit

Dr. Amy Nunn | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Nunn

By enlisting each and every clergy member in candid conversations about the epidemic, we can harness the power of the pulpit to mobilize the African-American community around HIV/AIDS.

NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To 'Show Some Reciprocity'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and ...

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

When I was a kid growing up in Kenya, I imagined that one day I would step out of the closet and find a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the beautiful, rainbow flag-waving LGBT community. But the reality differed a great deal from my dreams.

Lesbians and Their Husbands

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rosamond S. King, Ph.D.

Sexuality need not be the focus of the stories written about either Chirlane McCray or Lorraine Hansberry; their accomplishments took place outside of their bedrooms. But sexuality is part of who they are -- who we all are -- it's an important part of the story, and it matters how that story is told.

James Lankford Beats T.W. Shannon In Oklahoma GOP Senate Primary

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. James Lankford defeated former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon in the state GOP primary on Tuesday to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn...

Science Is the New Sexy

Tiffany Griffin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Griffin

Whether exotic or invisible, hypersexual or dehumanized, athletic or angry, the one thing black women apparently are not is scientific. Well, that's not totally true: Apparently we're not sexy and scientific. At least this is the takeaway someone would have after examining the Business Insider post titled "The Sexiest Scientists Alive!"

The 2014 American Black Film Festival Premieres in New York City

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 18 years, the American Black Film Festival has migrated from Acapulco, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, to Miami, Florida and now New York City.

Shelby County One Year Later: Good for Voting Rights?

Franita Tolson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

Hopefully, favorable progress will continue, and on subsequent anniversaries, voting rights advocates will be able to look back on Shelby County as an example of losing the battle, but winning the war.

Talking About Character in an Age of Respectability Politics

Myisha Cherry | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

The idea behind the respectability politics of our day is that in order to not be oppressed, discriminated against, victimized or treated harshly by others, it is the responsibility of the oppressed group to "act good."