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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's...Oprah?!

Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts

William Mwazi is an artist with an active imagination and a social conscience. In his artwork, he depicts Black celebrities, politicians, and academic...

Martin Luther King Jr. And The Educational Parity Revolution

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 03.17.2012 | Education
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

It is reasonable to speculate that Dr. King's deep concern about equity would have extended to American higher education. He would have recognized economic disparity as a common root of the challenges facing African-Americans, HBCUs and the American future itself.

'They Shot Him, Papa!': Finding Smarter Ways to Talk to Kids About Diversity

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 03.13.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

This is how we found out that they were talking about race: over dinner, she announced that Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted people with white skin and brown skin to be friends but people got mad so they shot him.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles: Part 2

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, " and I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones. Here's the second part of that conversation.

How Black America Grew as a Result of the Obama Presidency

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Millions of black folks were watching the throne when Obama was sworn in and gladly putting his picture right next to Martin Luther King and Jesus. But the Obama presidency has served as a marvelous and intriguing political education for the African American community.

Foreclosure Wreckage: Can Dr. King's Dream Be Saved?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Preeti Vissa

A return to the bad old days of redlining -- simply denying credit to whole groups of Americans on the basis of their income or skin color -- is not the route to stability in the housing market.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.10.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is at the UCLA Hammer Museum and is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980." I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones.

Consumers Need a Strong Financial Protection Bureau

Algernon Austin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Algernon Austin

5.1 percent of loans made to whites from 2004 to 2008 ended in foreclosure. For African Americans, the rate of foreclosure is 9.8 percent. For Latinos, it is 11.9 percent, more than double the white rate.

Newt Gingrich To African-Americans: Demand Paychecks, Not Food Stamps

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday he is willing to go before the NAACP and urge blacks to demand payche...

Lincoln and Douglass Would Be Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 03.06.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Life sized bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass stand at the entrances to the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) greeting visitor...

Southern California's Broken Economic Ladder

Gary Orfield | Posted 02.20.2012 | Black Voices
Gary Orfield

Southern California, one of the world's largest and most diverse urban complexes, is rapidly becoming a region of profound economic and geographic polarization.

GOP Hopeful Faces Scrutiny Over Curious Newsletters

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is defending himself, saying he did not write a series of newsletters in the 1990s that featured slurs agains...

Five Lessons From The "If I Were A Poor Black Kid" Debate

Christopher Emdin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Privilege often blinds people to the reality of being a poor black male while care and interest is often the mask used to shield a disdain for them.

Black People a.k.a 'Captain Save-An-O' (As in Oprah) to the Rescue

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 02.11.2012 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has been struggling as of late. That's not breaking news. Desperate times call for desperate measures and that too is not breaking news.

Salvador Dali's Favorite Supermodel

Ben Arogundade | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Arogundade

The renowned surrealist painter Salvador Dali's meeting with seminal African-American supermodel, Donyale Luna, at his hideaway in the Spanish fishing village of Cadaqués, Catalonia in 1966 marked an amazing moment where art and beauty collide.

White Or Black, The Church Has Failed African Americans

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

It is sadly ironic that Christianity has become a weapon against an African-American president and any nonconforming or freethinking African-American citizen.

Repairing The Black-Jewish Rift

Matthew Anderson | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Matthew Anderson

Standing to the left of Fred on his wedding day, my emotions were nearly as high and mixed as those of the lucky couple. I was honored to be the best man at their wedding.

Let No One Put Asunder

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a university professor of pre-service teacher education students, I raise the distinction between moral convictions and professional ethics when we discuss issues of controversy within the field of education.

Nearly Half Of All Households Lack Basic Economic Security

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

There are certain basic costs that every household runs up -- food costs, medical expenses, utility bills. And almost half of all Americans are in dan...

Will Health Insurance Reform Reach Those Who Really Need It?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

An estimated 32 million previously uninsured Americans will be able to purchase health insurance in 2014. But right now there are real questions about whether this historic expansion of coverage will reach those Americans who need it most.

Transgender, Victimized and Black

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

It's not easy for any person of African descent to be LGBTQ in our black communities, but our transgender brothers and sisters might feel the most discrimination. Transphobia in black communities has left these members of our community especially vulnerable.

For Unsolved Civil Rights Era Killers Time Is Formidable Accomplice

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

Time is quickly running out to right the wrongs of a bygone era where the most vicious form of violence and hate ran rampant with seeming impunity.

Dem Rep Accuses Ethics Committee Of Singling Her Out For Race

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. Laura Richardson charged Friday the House Ethics Committee has singled her out for scrutiny because she's African-American. R...

The Real and Present Danger of Herman Cain

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

Even a casual perusal of Herman Cain's public pronouncements reveals that he has a striking shallowness of mind and a woefully underdeveloped critical intellect that render him unable to fully fathom the complexities of social and political life in America.

Obama Takes 2012 into His Own Hands

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Having compromised for most of his first term, Obama seems to have cleared the way to play hardball. He is promising some movement, one way or another.