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The Personal Meaning of Black History Month

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

The fact that we recognize Black History Month has enormous significance. This generation's challenge is to transform the opportunity to make change into a reality of social and economic justice.

Creating a Safety Net for Witnesses

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Seven months after his tragic death, the killer of police officer Michael Bailey remains at large. Detectives can't break the case until they break the code of silence.

Debit Card "Swipe" Fees: Will Low-Income Consumers Be Protected?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

A rule change being considered by the Federal Reserve Board could have a big effect on banking services -- and on whether low-income Americans are able to access those services.

An Unfortunate Truth: African Americans and Homelessness

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gregory C. Scott

e are used to seeing problems affect the African-American community more strongly than some others, but few are so very disproportionate in their impact as homelessness.

Spike Lee: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Spike Lee has long been a passionate chronicler of African-American history. That documentation of the collective black experience has fed into his curiosity to explore his own family history.

Profile of Early-Adopters: Low-Income African-American Women With Kids and No College

Patrice Peyret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Patrice Peyret

People adopting online financial services are ahead of the curve. And people adopting newer, alternative services are true early adopters.

The 'Blackest Name' In America

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

George Washington's name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation's history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, b...

Black History Meditation: Remembering The Presence Of Our Ancestors

Albert Raboteau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Albert Raboteau

Our nation, constituted by diverse ethnic, racial, and religious groups achieves a unified identity, not only through a set of shared principles articulated in civic institutions, but through memory.

Boom In Black-Owned Firms Having Limited Effect On Black Unemployment

Darrin Redus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Darrin Redus

For all of the encouraging trends regarding the growth of African-American entrepreneurship reflected in the Census data, a shift is necessary to start growing the types of companies that can create a much more significant number of jobs.

Glen Ford: American Imperialism Is Unraveling (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Glen Ford worked as a network broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C., and created in 1977, along with Peter Gamble, America's Black Forum, which was the first nationally-syndicated black news interview program on commercial television.

Black New York: Historic Photos From the Museum of the City of New York

Lacy Schutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lacy Schutz

There are countless stories in our collection. We're proud to celebrate Black History Month with this selection of photographs about the movement of the African American community within Manhattan.

Teachings From Our Past and the Opportunities for Our Future

Danny Bakewell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Bakewell

Disparities in areas like education, health care and employment continue to serve as substantial obstacles for black communities across the country. The key to advancement is well within our reach thanks to the new technologies at our fingertips.

Let's Use the Technology of Today to Build an Even Better Tomorrow

Julius H. Hollis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Julius H. Hollis

Wireless technologies present a real opportunity to uplift communities that have been economically marginalized since the Reconstruction Era -- both in providing new opportunity and enabling all Americans to access this opportunity.

Emmitt Smith: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Emmitt James Smith grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy, but he far exceeded that aspiration. And now, after retiring, Emmitt has welcomed the opportunity to explore his roots.

Gabriel Aubry And The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vanessa Carmichael

On vacation in South Africa, riding through Cape Town on my way to my hotel, I was dying to ask my cab driver, any South African, about apartheid. It...

'Womanist': Saying Who We Are

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated.

South Africa's Five-Star Adventures

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Lauri Lyons

If wild safari animals and ghosts roaming around your luxury tent isn't enough of a thrill for you, don't worry -- the South Africans have more wild activities up their vuvuzelas.

Abortion Foes Don't Care About Women's Rights or Civil Rights

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Those who invoke race and slavery when denying a woman's right to choose are trying to obfuscate and change the subject. Their policies are hurting poor women of color.

New Data, Old Worries on Homeownership

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

It's easy to forget, but foreclosures affect far more than the families losing their homes. Large numbers of foreclosures suck the life out of communities.

Did Arizona Ban Ethnic Studies? Not Exactly

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Although legislatures have a legitimate role in providing for student access, academic integrity and intellectual freedom in public schools, they have no business telling teachers what to teach.

The Truth About Blacks and Abortion

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

I fear that conservatives plan to use African-Americans in coming years much like they did in 2004 when a small yet significant portion,of African-Americans voters turned out against gay marriage, giving an extra edge to the GOP ticket.

Lessons in Adoption From Harvard, B.J. Lifton, and Oprah

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Adam Pertman

What one of the most famous and respected women in the world did was provide televised testimony for some essential truths: that truth and honesty in adoption beat all the alternatives.

Black History Month: Honoring Our Brave Soldiers: They, Too, Sing America

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cheryl Wills

As we enter Black History Month, let us pause to remember the sacrifice of African-American soldiers, past and present. We should know that the veterans who paved the road for our current soldiers went through hell and high water.

Black Civil Rights Groups Are On The Wrong Side Of LGBT Issues

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

Key African-American organizations and institutions of the Movement have lost the moral high ground that was once so easily associated with them.

My Highly Improbable Journey From CEO to Contemporary Urban Film Producer

Michael J. Critelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael J. Critelli

I was chairman of the National Urban League's Board for five years, and served for 13 years, an organization that celebrated success stories for women and people of color. In 2004, I discovered such a story.