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Regaining Contact With the Heavens

Robert F. Darden | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

For the most part, we have lost contact with the heavens. The stars that gave our ancestors comfort and -- sometimes -- direction are nearly lost to us now. It is not just the light pollution of our cities, it is the blue-lit, seductive attraction of our digital devices that block us from looking to the night sky.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

Fast Food Marketing Disproportionately Targets Kids In Black Neighborhoods: Study

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business

Kids are a lucrative prize for the fast food industry: Studies have found that kids can form strong bonds with certain brands, and that those bonds ca...

The American Dream Begins With a Belief That All Can Succeed

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

School district "makeovers" are gaining popularity. Yet these "makeovers" could be as superficial and fleeting as the "befores" and "afters" in the beauty magazines or celebrity tabloids.

Children of Color and Autism: Too Little, Too Late

Areva Martin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As the incidence rate of autism continues to grow, institutions and scientists are missing an incredible opportunity to study a unique and distinct demographic of the autism community: children of color. Not only does this complicate any mission of advancing the science of autism overall, but it perpetuates health disparities for African-American children with autism.

The 2014 Elections and the Future of Black America

William Lynch III | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Lynch III

No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.

Election Analysis: The Populist Alternative

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Populism of this kind is a sharp challenge to conventional views which see populism as "us versus them" demagoguery. It also differs from dominant liberal and conservative frameworks used to interpret the Republican advance in the recent election.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 3

Dave Kreissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

For America's Future, Engineering Needs to Diversify

Linda Katehi | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
Linda Katehi

With the bright science students we see at UC Davis, we know that bias is unfounded, and we have programs designed to help get young girls excited about science.

The Big Loser in the 2014 Election Was Discrimination

John A. Tures | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Throughout the night, pundits spent their time talking about Republican wins and Democratic defeats, though the latter was still able to salvage some wins. But the biggest thing many in the media seemed to miss was the biggest loser: discrimination.

Almost No More White NYC Cab Drivers, but Blacks Still Can't Catch a Ride?

Paul LaRosa | Posted 11.07.2014 | New York
Paul LaRosa

When blacks are not getting picked up, the drivers passing them by are not white racists. They are mostly Indian and/or Pakistani men (and a very few women) -- men of color. What gives?

Learning While Black

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

If we teach students how the brain works -- that we are not born smart, but become creative and successful through both sustained effort and failure -- they will learn that the individual controls achievement, and mediates institutional and personal factors.

The Other Berlin Wall -- and What It Can Teach Us Today

Robert F. Darden | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Robert F. Darden

Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Fifty years ago, a small band of freedom fighters in Selma, Alabama, were being attacked on all sides and simply couldn't spare energy to worry about events in Europe... or anywhere else.

Dear White People, Taylor Swift and Me

Isa Adney | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Isa Adney

No matter how you identify yourself or where you happen to find yourself on the spectrum of power and privilege, think about one thing you can do or say or ask today that can make someone feel a little bit less alone, and a little bit more at home.

Bad News for Politicians Trying to Suppress the Vote

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Whether it's voter ID laws, onerous registration procedures, limits to early voting or reductions in polling places, the burden falls hardest on the same communities who have always had to fight hardest to cast votes and have them count.

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

Vote/Voto!

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

To those Democrats who don't think this election is important enough for them to exercise their precious right to vote, especially African Americans, Latinos, the young, and women, you will only have yourselves to blame for what comes next. And, yes, it can get worse.

Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Sharon Harper

At this moment in our nation's story, when the twisted soul of America is being revealed through the daily deaths of black men at the hands of officers carrying guns and unconscious bias, Black-ish should not be merely consumed: It should be administered by intravenous intervention.

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 2

Dave Kreissman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

"Fear Is a Little Man": How Spirituals and Protest Songs Vanquish Fear

Robert F. Darden | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

In this season of Halloween and All Saint's Day and the Day of the Dead, when fear and death and Ebola and terrorists are all around us, perhaps it is a good time to capture our fears.

'Acting White'

Kristen Coke | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Kristen Coke

I walked the walk, talked the talk, and now had a student ID card showing that I am an educated person. However, this didn't stop a store owner from turning up her nose at me when I entered her shop and having one of her associates follow me around. And this didn't stop the suspicious stares of residents in a small town where I visited one of my friends this past year.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 1

Dave Kreissman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture are not a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Want a Chance to Go Inside Villa Lewaro? Start With a Pledge

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 11.02.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

As the National Trust and the Doley family look ahead to potential new uses for the home, we would also like to extend an offer to supporters of the project -- supporters like you -- to join us for a possible visit.