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Coming to Terms With the Minority High Tech Employment Gap

David Honig | Posted 09.27.2011 | Technology
David Honig

Though the number of Blacks, Hispanics, and women working in the high tech sector has risen over the last decade, the high tech workforce remains worryingly homogenous.

Black In Latin America

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 09.27.2011 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In one sense, the major "African American Experience" unfolded not in the United States, but throughout the Caribbean and South America. The most important question that Black In Latin America attempts to explore is this: what does it mean to be "black" in these countries?

The Debt Ceiling vs. the Job Ceiling in South LA: Lift Both Now

Laphonza Butler | Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

The real ceiling is in South Los Angeles, where the lack of jobs continues to hurt our communities with the continued overall rise in unemployment.

The Racial Wealth Gap Is a Festering, Untreated Disease

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

A new study presented some disturbing, yet expected news about the sad state of economic affairs within the African American community. According to t...

Alex Wagner

Obama Losing Liberal And Black Support Over Jobs Record | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Amidst new research showing historic disparity in wealth between whites and minorities, President Obama is facing plummeting approval over his jobs ag...

A Morning Cup of Crazy

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

My head is spinning from the news in recent days. We've had glowing reports that "it's a new day in California" because new foreclosures are declining. But most evidence continues to suggest that the housing market remains in the tank.

Beyond the Hype : Putting Bayview Anger in Context

Trustee Chris Jackson | Posted 09.20.2011 | San Francisco
Trustee Chris Jackson

Sadly, the killing of a young African-American man in the Bayview is not a rare occurrence. Now is the time for the City and the SFPD to shift the perspective on how to interact with low-income communities of color.

Social Security COLA Cut Will Drive Single, Senior, African American Women Into Poverty

Daniel Marans | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

The fact that the chained CPI's cuts increase as beneficiaries age will be especially harmful to African American women, who live longer than African American men.

Detroit as the Cure - Not the Problem

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 09.12.2011 | Impact
Rabbi Steve Gutow

Poor people rarely make headlines. In fact, the poor are seldom the topic of public discourse. For all the talk about pressing issues of the day from ...

Dr. King Is Needed In China, Though His Work Isn't Done in America

David A. Love | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
David A. Love

This country's lingering wars, its Tea Party policies, economic inequality and entrenched corporate power mean it has not fully learned the lessons left by the man we memorialize on the National Mall -- with a statue designed by a Chinese sculptor.

Obama Harkens Back to Slavery With "States' Rights" for Same-Sex Marriage

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

As LGBTQ Americans, we're not in slavery, but we certainly will be in a civil war as each state battles this issue. Whereas President Lincoln acted on behalf of my ancestor's civil rights, we need to call on Obama to move on ours.

Chicago Changes Colors

Zack Isaacs | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

It's the new Great Migration: black Chicagoans are "relocating" to the southern suburbs. But it's much bigger than a residential issue. Chicago is not what it used to be -- and I think I know the reason why.

Would a Black Casey Anthony Have Been Exonerated? Most Blacks Don't Think So

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Results of Your Black World survey indicate quite clearly that African American respondents do not believe that the verdict would have been the same if Casey had been black.

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Jobs

Andy Kroll | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Andy Kroll

D.C.'s divide is America's writ large. Nationwide, the unemployment rate for black workers is almost double the rate for the rest of the population.

Tracy Morgan's Homophobic Rant Was About Black Manhood

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

Morgan's homophobic rant is not about LGBTQ people, but rather it's about the tightly constructed hyper-masculinity of black manhood.

NYPD's Horrible Stop-and-Frisk Policy Harkens Back to Jim Crow Era

Keith Rushing | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York
Keith Rushing

It's a shame that the New York Police Department continues its unconstitutional targeting of Black and Latino New Yorkers despite years of demands that this dehumanization end.

The Reasons Why So Many Black People Are in Prison Go Well Beyond Profiling

Keith Rushing | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Keith Rushing

Although Whites and African Americans use and sell drugs at about the same rates, Black men in 2003 were almost 12 times as likely to go to prison as White men.

Provincetown's Not Safe for Black Lesbians

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.22.2011 | Travel
Irene Monroe

At the tip of Cape Cod is the LGBTQ-friendly haven, Provincetown, fondly called P-town, and known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast. But this doesn't mean there is no sexual and homophobic harassment.

For First Time, Majority Of U.S. Babies Are Non-White

Associated Press | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and growing age divide betwe...

Hallmark's Father's Day Card for Black Mothers: Way Off Base

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Hallmark's decision to create a Father's Day card for black women engages in the act of celebrating a dysfunction, increasing the likelihood that the dysfunction eventually becomes as acceptable as the normal state of affairs.

FEMA Denies Aid to Black Tornado Victims in Minneapolis

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") established to provide federal emergency aid to those in need in times of disaster, is refusing to provide individual aid to help black families living in the north side of Minneapolis, hit hardest by the tornado on June 5.

Post-Race Fallout? Melting Pot Leads to Economic Meltdown for Blacks

Zondra Hughes | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Post-race progress, where race is not considered a factor in our buying habits, business pursuits, or self-identity, is wreaking havoc on the Black niche industry.

Netroots Panel On Black Voter Turnout Sparks Debate

Judy Lubin | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

Joblessness in the black community combined with the oft-heard sentiment that the president has "dissed" his most loyal base has been the subject of h...

What if Banks Looked Like America?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

While many of us regard diversity as a positive value in and of itself, there's a business case to be made as well: We're talking about a large and growing market.

Tupac At 40: His Life, Theology And Legacy

Charles Howard | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Charles Howard

Rappers have been as instrumental in my theological development as any of the scholars I've read. A larger-than-life revolutionary who was simultaneously real and relatable, Tupac lived and he invited us all to live with him.