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Introducing HuffPost BlackVoices: Covering Black America's Split-Screen Reality

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Arianna Huffington

I often feel that we are living in a split-screen world, where what part of the screen you are looking at will determine your perception of where things stand. And nowhere is this more pronounced than in the African-American community.

Taking Ownership of the American Dream

Michael Steele | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

African-Americans' 21st century reality is simply this: it's time to stand for something different. The debate we're having is no longer productive. It's time for solutions that come from us, from within our house, our family and ultimately our community as a whole.

Marvel's Mixed Race "Ultimate Spider-Man"

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

Today we meet Miles Morales, a younger multiracial and multiethnic Spider-Man. Even though Morales may remind us of the Spider-Man we're used to in the more traditional Marvel universe, there are definite differences.

Shahien Nasiripour

Rats Spread As Baltimore Fights Foreclosures

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Richard Faison didn't mind that a neighbor's home was seized and boarded up until the rats from the vacant house killed one of his dogs....

Chris Kirkham

As Minority Enrollments Swell At For-Profit Colleges, A Murky Debate On Student Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 10.02.2011 | Black Voices

At a June Senate hearing on high student debt levels at for-profit colleges, civil rights advocate Wade Henderson pointedly criticized what he called ...

The Stories Statistics Don't Tell

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

For every dollar a white family owns, the median Latino family now has roughly six cents and the median black family has a nickel.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...