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Joblessness, Discrimination, and Black Poverty

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

The African-American poverty rate rose to 25.8 percent in 2009. That the poverty rate would increase from 2008 to 2009 was not a surprise. Black worke...

Open Letter to the Black Electorate: Every Egg in the Same Basket, fam?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

There is a familiar tune that comes up every competitive election cycle: if Democrats are - at that moment - in charge or hold a majority in a particu...

Mapping Race in New York City

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

2010-09-24-racepull.jpgA map of New York City by race and ethnicity suggests that perhaps the place isn't quite the melting pot that it is claimed to be.

Undercovers Is Underwhelming

Cocoa Popps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cocoa Popps

Yes, black folks watch TV, and yes we do more than laugh. We like to think, too!

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Last Chance

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

When Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D) dropped his press conference bomb on the political universe, announcing that he was stepping away from city hall ...

Reagan's Welfare Queen has Morphed into the Health Care Queen

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Welfare Queens are portrayed as lazy leeches on society, pilfering money from "hard working people's taxes." In any large group, some will take advantage of the system, but that doesn't mean the system should be abolished.

From Ernest Withers to Riley Freeman: How Informants Seeded the Stop Snitching Campaigns

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

Today, "stop snitching" campaigns have lead to a form of tribalism whereby African-American communities forfeit their right to police protection in favor of a tenacious defiance to authority.

Poverty, Single Mothers, and Race/Ethnicity

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

Tt was fashionable in the 1990s to line up the trend toward unmarried parenting with any other time series showing things getting worse.

What You Missed at The Economist's Conference

Lauren DeLisa Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lauren DeLisa Coleman

I was recently invited to attend The Economist's Ideas Economy event, the second conference in a series which aims to stir dialogue and uncover new id...

The Economy Needs a Triple Hitter: Jobs, Safety Nets and Targeted Policies

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

According to the U.S. Census, there are enough new poor people in the U.S. to fill the New York Yankee Stadium more than six times over. And since the...

Family Income Breakdown

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

The annual income, poverty, and health insurance report comes out. At the beginning of the week, the news was that the poverty rate would jump to a r...

Are Michelle Obama or Gabourey Sidibe Our Only Role Models?

Duchess Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Duchess Harris

Presumably Ms. Sidibe feels good about herself and I am happy for her. The First Lady is arguably an excellent role model and her advice is sound.

Tea Party Activists? They Actually Are Inactivists!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Since when did the media switch from calling Tea Party members "Tea Baggers" to "activists?" What is their noble activity? Dressing up in silly costumes and once a year attending rallies.

The Religion (and Race) of the President: Obama as National Scapegoat

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

President Obama has become our national scapegoat. Americans are good at exorcising demons, in order to affirm our inherent goodness, but we find it terribly difficult to look directly at ourselves in the mirror.

African-American Voter Turnout in 2010 May Hinge on the President Who Happens to be Black

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

An African-American friend told me that "Obama is not the African-American President. He's a black man who happens to be the President." Will that no...

Why Johnny can't think critically

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

School is now back in session, and our children's minds are impressionable vessels. We trust their teachers to take precious care of them. But can we...

Calling All Obamaniacs

Steve Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Garcia

The Presidential elections of 2008 may very well go into history as the greatest event in American elections. Even if candidate Obama wasn't your fir...

"Obama Hates America"

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It won't make much difference whether Obama picks the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, or the moon, to commemorate 9/11.

Black Folk's Summer Fun, For Town and Country!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

During summer, escalating temperatures affect us all. So it's not a matter of being rich or poor that makes one eager to go to the Hamptons.

So Just Where Are The Women In Hip-Hop? My Mic Sounds Nice Review

George Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
George Alexander

What's an art form without women's voices? That's a question that kept popping in my mind as I sat mesmerized in a screening of BET's first-ever origi...

Travesty of Justice

Rev. Eric Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Eric Lee

Once the LGBT community genuinely joins other communities in eliminating discrimination as it impacts others, the work of justice will become possible.

Alveda King's attempted claiming of the MLK legacy is sad

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

Many black leaders oppose the comparisons between the African-American civil rights movement and the gay rights movement. But few are as vehemently ...

Hot Fun in the Sun on the Beach

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

How much did regular summer Cherry Grove residents appreciate having the ferry parking lot closed for hours on end and restaurants and the beach over-run by LGBT African Americans?

House Minorty Leader John Boehner Comes Out : I'm Black

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Stranahan

John Boehner, Republican representative from Ohio's eighth Congressional District and ironically the House minority leader, has told friends and famil...

Hip-Hop's Queen Latifah Is Outed

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

Some argue that hip-hop forced Queen Latifah to be closeted. Others argue she had enough clout and crossover appeal to not worry about it. But Queen Latifah, no doubt, did worry about it.