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Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 07.14.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed? If he becomes a single-term President, will he become the symbol of why blacks can't be trusted with the office? Will it be like some sort of cultural experiment?

It Really is Okay to Earn the Black Vote, Mr. President

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 07.11.2012 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

The inconvenient truth about being the first Black president is the Black part. It seems America wants all of the credit for electing a man of color to the Oval Office but wants no part of the reality that race still matters in America.

On Marriage, African Americans Aren't a Monolithic Voting Bloc

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 07.10.2012 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

In 2008, I heard too many pundits imply that African Americans would automatically vote for President Obama simply because he is black. Today, I'm hearing that the only thing that will drive us away from him is the issue of marriage for gays and lesbians. Both assumptions are offensive.

Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.08.2012 | Women
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

African-American women must not be reluctant to discuss the issue of obesity if we are to address the health disparities that make us, and the children for whom we are primary caretakers, live sicker and shorter lives.

Toni Morrison: Building an American Home

Richard Z. Santos | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
Richard Z. Santos

Searching for home -- for a safe place to rest your head, grow a family, and be part of a community -- occupies the heart of Morrison's body of work. How fitting then that her latest book has such a simple title: Home.

Obama Presidency Lures Out Dormant Racism

Nicole Glass | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Nicole Glass

The end of a racist nation cannot just come from an integration of races in schools, the workplace and politics. It must come from a very personal change in perception. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed the law, but it's the people that change a culture.

An Unexpected Encounter: Putting My Anti-Racism Training to Work

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

If I hadn't been at the Anti-Racism Training that day, would I have been so quick to invite this unknown African American man into my car? And give him that much money?

Ministers Betray the Black Community by Defending Race-Baiting Group

Alvin McEwen | Posted 06.24.2012 | Black Voices
Alvin McEwen

The National Organization for Marriage has been steadily attempting to blunt the charges that it is trying to drive a wedge between the black and gay communities on the subject of marriage equality.

Novelists Who Were More Enlightened Than Their Era

Dave Astor | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

The 1800s were of course a time of blatant racism, and many authors reflected that by depicting fictional characters of color in horribly stereotyped ways. Or they omitted those characters entirely, as if the world was populated by whites only.

Race Controversy In Seinfeld Super Bowl Acura Ad (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

Think black actors have it tough in the movies? If casting standards for the Super Bowl Acura commercial with Jerry Seinfeld were any indication, the ...

Will Trayvon Martin Be A Watershed Moment in Race Relations? That Depends On You

Melanie Coffee | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

Now that George Zimmerman has been charged in Trayvon Martin's death, I am wondering what's next. I'm not talking about the next steps in the judicial process, I want to know what's next when it comes to America's relationship with race.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

Dan Persons | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.

Bringing the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement Into 21st Century Classrooms

Charlayne Hunter-Gault | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

How do we encourage young people at home and abroad, in South Africa and now those young people heavily invested in the as yet unsettled Arab Spring, to "keep on keepin' on," as the footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement used to pledge?

Health Equity Can't Wait

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Kathleen Sebelius

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the well-documented health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities, as well as highlight how the Affordable Care Act is reducing those disparities.

The Government's New Way of Measuring Student Success: Implications for Black Colleges

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The new federal measurements are not official yet and they are not perfect, but they are a start. We are on our way to capturing student success, in terms of graduation rates, in a more complete and fair manner.

America's Public Schools: Still Unequal And Unjust

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

The struggle to make sure a quality education is available to every child -- and not just a privilege for a few -- is the unfinished and critical business before the nation for it will determine America's future place on the global stage in a rapidly changing competitive world.

WATCH: 'The Skinny' On LGBT People Of Color In Film

Earnest Winborne | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

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Trayvon Martin: Not a Symbol for Vigilante Justice

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Lawrence D. Elliott

If the only justice Trayvon Martin's family can receive is the street kind, then the image of justice in America will have been greatly tarnished. Justice in our country is supposed to be delivered at the end of a legal trial from a jury of one's peers, not at the end of a vigilante's gun.

A Lifetime Of Isolated Incidents

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. John H. Vaughn

There comes a point for many black Americans when the "isolated incidents" are no longer those, but symptoms of deeper expressions and manifestations of racism. The killing of Trayvon Martin comes as yet another "isolated incident."

The Lesson We Can Learn From 'The Hunger Games'

Michael McAfee | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Michael McAfee

If we don't prepare all of our children today to be the leaders of tomorrow, our entire economy will suffer. We cannot be indifferent to those held back most by the painful inequality in our country; if we are, it will be the downfall of this great nation.

Renew the Movement to Fight for Civil Rights

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Now we must choose: We will decide if Trayvon Martin's death is a moment, or becomes the spark for a movement. We can't bring him back. But we can make his voice louder in death than it could be in his short life.

How To Talk To Your Child About Trayvon Martin's Death

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Black Voices
Te-Erika Patterson

Our children are hearing about this incident at school, they are watching our reactions and will internalize what this means to them and how they view and interact with the world.

Is The Life Of A Black Boy Worth Anything Today?

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

I wept when I read this question, because I knew the answer.

Blacks See Largest Decline in Health Insurance Coverage

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Over the last decade, blacks experienced the largest decline in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. If President Obama's Affordable Care Act is revoked, blacks and all other groups will find it increasingly difficult to obtain health insurance.

Trayvon, Emmett And Dangerous Black Bodies

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

It is dangerous still, it seems, to be a black boy. You can be walking down the street, wearing a hoodie, look "dangerous," and someone will chase you and kill you dead.