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Black Males Aren't Graduating? Time to 'Blame the Gays'

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

Contrary to diversionary talking points put forth by many religious conservatives, gay people who seek to parent children are not causing these kids to be "denied" something vital.

Blacks and Jews: Somehow They Always Go Together

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

What should President Obama do to try to restore trust between the U.S. and Israel, and to try to regain some confidence among American Christian and Jewish supporters of Israel? He should visit Israel.

Author Wahida Clark Would Like to Try "To Do Good For Everybody"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Wahilda Clark is dedicated to spreading the word about street lit. She tells us in this interview why it's important that these kinds of books get w...

Mary Monroe writes the New York Times Bestselling God Don't Like Ugly series.

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

She knows first-hand how to keep your head up when facing tough times - or just a ton of rejection letters. Monroe wants writers to know, though, tha...

Black Journalists Call For Public Forum on 'Talk Show Hate'

Mike Green | Posted 06.14.2012 | Media
Mike Green

When Dr. Laura Schlessinger assaulted the airwaves on Aug. 10 with a barrage of the "N" word, while responding to a caller who identified herself as a...

Can Blacks Rid Themselves of the Use of the N-Word?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Whether used as an expletive or term of endearment, what is it about this word that captures the rage and shame of the American public?

Calling Dr. Laura A Racist Doesn't Make Her One

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The blog question was straightforward enough: Would a total racist hire a black man as her public relations representative? The alleged total racist i...

Dr. Laura and Racism in the Age of Obama

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Dr. Laura's approach, which unfortunately is not hers alone, suggests that if an African American person is experiencing racism, the appropriate response is not concern, but suspicion.

Phenomenally Yours: A Sit-Down With Dr. Maya Angelou

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cheryl Wills

When I walked into her plush, brightly decorated Harlem brownstone on a hot day last month, Dr. Maya Angelou was seated on a fire-engine-red chair and was the picture of health.

WATCH: "The Other City" is "The Real D.C."

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jose Antonio Vargas

There will be very little that's real about "The Real Housewives of D.C." That, of course, is stating the obvious, especially after Thursday night's premiere. But meet J'Mia Edwards, who lives in "The Real D.C." She's 29, black and HIV-positive -- one of the faces of the city's AIDS epidemic.

"Essence" magazine's true color

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

There has been a color change at "Essence." After forty years of having sisters from the African Diaspora as its fashion director, the new one is whit...

African Digital Art

Max Eternity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Max Eternity

African Digital Art came out of a need for more visibility of Africa's talent in the digital media industry. Jepchumba is the founder of African Digital Art -- an online collective of digital artists and enthusiasts.

Fox News Has An African-American Problem

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Fox News doesn't just have a problem telling African-Americans apart, the network has trouble attracting African-Americans viewers and finding different ones to appear in Glenn Beck's studio audience.

The Right's 'Post-Racial' War on Civil Rights

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

In the wake of the election of President Obama, the mainstream media posited the false notion that America was now in a 'post-racial' era in which the...

One Economy That Works for All

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anat Shenker-Osorio

Our leaders have finally managed to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless. A look into these numbers reveals which folks are stuck in the ICU, nowhere near the economic "recovery" some pundits are ready to declare.

Another Example of the Black-White Divide in Our Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Donnie McClurkin is a classic example why homophobia is an ongoing problem in the African American community, and it must be challenged at every opportunity.

The Sometimes Sordid History of the American Quest for Bliss in Marriage

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

Instead of simply teaching people to have 'healthy' marriages, marriage counseling taught Americans to define marriage itself as a healthy state of being.

Shirley Sherrod for President

Duchess Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Duchess Harris

When it comes to race relations, what's the difference between the first white president to be thought of as black, and the first president who actually is? Not much.

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup

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

Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's...

Disgruntled Airline Workers: The Next Terrorist Threat?

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Tiffany Hawk

After being fired for throwing a coffee pot at a co-worker, flight attendant Rodney Lorenzo allegedly said he would retaliate by giving cockpit-access instructions to Islamic terrorist groups.

Robert Gibbs Blew it With the Shirley Sherrod Saga

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Robert Gibbs failed when he allowed the media frame to shift quickly to the missteps of the administration rather than emphasizing the underhanded, contrived, and racist actions of Andrew Breitbart and his fellow travelers at Fox News.

DeFarra Gaymon and Why Black Homophobia Now Has a Body Count

Rob Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Smith

Recently, DeFarra Gaymon, the Black CEO of Credit Union of Atlanta, was shot and killed by an undercover cop in a known gay cruising area in what appears to be a botched sex-sting operation.

It's Time to Have a Black Tea Party

Faye Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Faye Anderson

f every racist sign disappeared, every racial epithet chilled and every racist expelled, then what? How does policing the Tea Party movement for racist elements advance the black agenda?

'Ex-Gay' Donnie McClurkin At Boston's Gospelfest

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

With Donnie McClurkin, the poster boy for African American "ex-gay" ministries, billed as the main event at this year's Boston GospelFest, many in the African American LGBTQ communities will not be in attendance.

California NAACP Is Right for Supporting Prop 19

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

California NAACP president Alice Huffman is catching a great deal of flack for supporting Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in her state.