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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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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."

Improving Conditions -- Unless You're Black

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

In this piece, the author of the heralded Schott Foundation's report on African-American male achievement, weighs in on recent statistics and fuels t...

We Can Make the Future Come Faster in the South

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Doing the work to register voters in the South will take our collective time, treasure and dedication. But it is crucial, and it can make the future come faster than many people think.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

The Cultural Landscape Architects: Thomas J. Lax

Julie Chae | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Julie Chae

"When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South" sets aside conventional art world categories of insider and outsider art, and instead explores across different media and disciplines how 35 black artists in the last 50 years have made art inspired by and deeply imbued with southern cultural legacies.

Beleaguered Plaquemines Town Is Slated for a Borrow Pit

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The Plaquemines Parish Council gave the go-ahead Thursday to Woodland Borrow Pits, LLC in New Orleans to excavate clay on Highway 23's west side across from the African American community of Ironton.

Honoring Our 'Other' Fathers

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Because we live in times with extended and blended families, for example, parenting goes far beyond the boundaries of immediate family. As the annual holiday approaches, I find myself thinking about those who act as fathers to a neighborhood, a church, or even a city.

Kara Walker's Sphinx Is A Missed Opportunity

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

Many recognize Kara Walker's The Subtlety as a fascinating sphinx built in the image of a "Mammy" like caricature. The sphinx, which is made of sugar, is successful in that it's jarring.

1 In 10 Still Support Discrimination Against African-Americans On Religious Grounds

MSNBC | Posted 06.06.2014 | Black Voices

One in 10 Americans believe small business owners should be free to refuse to serve or do business with African-Americans on religious grounds, accord...

Why Buy A Home?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.06.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Homeownership, like any major investment, should be properly researched and one must ensure they are financially prepared to make the long-term commitment

Not Just a Book: "Legacies, a Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future"

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

The stories in this book are designed to educate and motivate our children of all colors (and even adults) on black heritage, roots and the entire black race.

Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop kidney disease and to require dialysis. Of great concern is that this racial disparity remains constant across all age groups. It may not make many headlines, but it needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

Learning From Maya

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Knowing of all the strikes that had been against her, assured me that that kind of love is available to everyone. If bidden and allowed, it will hold anyone's head high and move through them to fulfill their life's purpose.