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The Troy Davis Case: Lessons for Urban Youth

Christopher Emdin | Posted 11.21.2011 | Crime
Christopher Emdin

In the midst of the bevy of emotions surrounding this case, it is important that we focus on the many teaching moments it provides us. Therefore, I outline 5 lessons that parents can learn from this case, and that must be shared with urban youth.

As Poverty Rate Rises and Unemployment Persists, Americans Need a New "New Deal"

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

For many, big government is a four-letter word, but newly released poverty and income data signal the need to invest in large-scale programs and initiatives that have the potential to turn the country around.

Rebecca Carroll

African American Youth Reflect on 9/11 | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.09.2011 | Black Voices

Elenni Davis-Knight Then: 10 years old, sixth-grade student at New York City Museum School, 3 miles from the World Trade Center Now: 20 years old,...

Obama Opens the Door

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

The recession continues to fall hardest on African American and Latino communities, with 16.7 and 11.3 percent unemployment respectively -- far above the national average. The president was right to highlight programs that can target these communities directly.

Separation Anxiety

Wendy Block | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Just before the divorce attorney welcomes me, I warn myself, be sure. Because when the lawyer asks my husband's name, I'll have to say, "Barack Obama....

Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

It appears that shame -- black and white -- can shrink us. In literature we've been historically reduced to a slither of a people. Writers like me self-censor for fear of offending, for fear of not finding an audience. We don't tell our stories in the context of this nation.

Properly Addressing the Crisis Facing Black and Latino Men

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 11.05.2011 | Education
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

Research has revealed a concrete set of factors preventing young black and Latino men from thriving in and out of school, and ultimately as adults. Addressing these factors should be at the core of any initiative that aims to help them succeed.

DOJ's Lawsuit Blocking AT&T-T-Mobile Merger Welcome News for People of Color

Joe Torres | Posted 11.01.2011 | Latino Voices
Joe Torres

Hopefully, lawmakers and civil rights groups will reexamine their positions and rescind their support of a merger that is clearly not only bad for our communities but bad for our country.

Arianna Huffington, Jesse Jackson, and Laz Alonso: Reflections from the Table of Brotherhood

Zondra Hughes | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

These conversations at the Table of Brotherhood symbolized the unity Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked for, and more important, a cross-cultural awakening and call to action to better the condition of the human race.

Remembering Martin Luther King and the March for Jobs and Freedom

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

"Jobs and freedom" require equal opportunity in all aspects of life. Freedom means access to quality education and good housing. Freedom means full participation in the political system. Freedom means fairness in criminal justice.

The Resurrection of Seneca Village

Alan Singer | Posted 10.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Seneca Village was a pre-Civil War African-American community located between 82nd and 89th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Manhattan.

Obama Campaign Makes Moves To Repeat 2008 Phenomenon In 2012

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's presidential campaign launched a new voter registration and grassroots organizing program Thursday aimed at boo...

Andrea Stone

Herman Cain's Charity Focuses On Inner-City Youth | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

This article is part of a series in which HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. How much and...

Rebecca Carroll

Despite Sagging Poll Numbers, Many African Americans Say They're Still Proud Of President Obama | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices

Shantie Chatman was struggling before President Barack Obama was elected, and he has struggled in the three years since. Imprisoned on a concealed wea...

Rep. Maxine Waters: The Tea Party Can Go Straight To Hell!

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

Waters took a stab at Congressional leadership who have caved to the unrealistic demands of the Tea Party -- demands that don't reflect the values, issues or concerns of a vast majority of Americans.

Families of Color Will Pay the Price of an AT&T-T-Mobile Merger

Joe Torres | Posted 10.22.2011 | Technology
Joe Torres

Like many developments in this Great Recession, the AT&T-T-Mobile merger has the potential to add millions more to the pockets of the already wealthy while hurting those struggling to get by.

What Obama Needs to Learn From Dr. King

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

I'm sure Dr. King also experienced times of frustration. Yet, he never looked weary nor gave up the fight. And fight is what Americans, and particularly African Americans, want President Obama to do.

To African-American Men With (Tremendous!) Benefits: Merry Christmas from Senator Coburn

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Tanya M. Acker

Some have maintained that it was racist for Senator Tom Coburn to suggest that President Obama wants to "create dependency" on government because he ...

Success Starts With Family Engagement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Earl Martin Phalen

We are in an academic crisis in our nation. Fewer minorities are graduating on time and many are starting school significantly behind their peers. One of the keys to increasing academic achievement is parental and family engagement.

Raul Midón: A Free Man Beyond Category

Charles Howard | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
Charles Howard

Born in New Mexico, Midón has been studying music since his father, an Argentinean folkloric dancer, introduced him to a broad range of genres from Classical to Jazz during his early childhood.

Let Us Remember Dr. King's Struggle for Economic Justice

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.

Invest in Young Men and Boys of Color Now

Robert Schwartz | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Robert Schwartz

In reality, it does not take very much to make a positive difference in a young man's life. Unfortunately, it takes even less to make a negative difference. If we continue to ignore the issues in our state in relation to boys and men of color, we will squander the human capital talent we have in our state.

The Help in Our Society Today

Joy Moses | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
Joy Moses

Second-class status is just as intolerable today as it was in the 1960s. Today, fear and intimidation comes in the form of actual abuse to the potential of deportation, preventing workers from more aggressively challenging the status quo.

Mulattos, Mammies and Maids: Accessing 'The Help'

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Henry Adams

This film tells a story many blacks and whites would rather forget, how black women stepped up and did what they must to survive. That's a story important enough to make all the film's faults minor by contrast.

I Have A Mental Illness. So What?

New Harbinger | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
New Harbinger

How do African Americans begin to eliminate the stigma of mental illness so that we can get the help we need sooner rather than later, and support those who need it?