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A Town's Taxing Tax Troubles

Dave Astor | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Dave Astor

In 2010, municipal taxes in Montclair, NJ rose a whopping 9.2% -- with overall taxes (including school and county levies) increasing 5.5%. How many people do you know who received a 5.5% or 9.2% raise last year?

Washington D.C.'s African American Population Plummets

The Washington Post | Carol Morello and Dan Keating | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The number of African Americans residing in the District plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, with blacks on the verge of losing ...

Hip-Hop Economics: Dollars and Sense for the New School

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

The new hip-hop generation -- a generation that thrives on respect -- should demand it from the corporations that they patronize, says Munson Steed, C...

Glen Ford: American Imperialism is Unraveling (Part 2)

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

Glen Ford worked as a Network Broadcast Journalist in Washington DC 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.

Equality Not Yet Won for African Descendants

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Navi Pillay

I hope that 2011 will generate profound discussions regarding the challenges facing people of African descent and provide a multiplicity of fora where innovative proposals and solutions to face up to these challenges can be found.

Do the Unemployed Face More Discrimination Than African-Americans?

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

It looks like the civil rights movement has not become a relic of the past after all. It's just taking a different shape. Instead of primarily helping people of color, it must now help those of all colors who need their rights protected by the government.

Trymaine Lee

Justice Department Report Details Abuses By New Orleans Police Department

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Long before Hurricane Katrina laid bare New Orleans’ deep social wounds, the relationship between the city’s police force and its black citizens h...

On Black Men

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Carroll

Despite the hope, as a parent raising a black son in a country very presently immersed in the horrific beauty of racial change and evolution, I am careful to remind him that there are still fences.

St. Patrick's Day Parades, Black Church Share History Of Being Anti-Gay

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

St. Patrick's Day has rolled around again, and like previous March 17 celebrations nationwide, its LGBTQ communities are not invited.

Poverty Isn't Just About Income

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

Income isn't the whole story. And the part of the story of poverty that we don't often think about has a huge role in how the current recession and foreclosure crisis is playing out in different communities.

Why Do Blacks Earn Less?

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

At the end of the day, it turns out that being black matters. Two new reports that I co-authored show that neither education, skills nor culture fully explain the black-white wage disparities.

Southern U.S. Less Energetic Than Nation's West And North

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 7, 2011 edition.) If Saturdays find you in an easy chair with a magazine--weary ...

The Only African American Firefighter Museum in the U.S.

Ashley M. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ashley M. Williams

The museum preserves and shares the great accomplishments of African American firefighters throughout the decades.

Where Does the Gap in Support for Marriage Rights Come From?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Where does the Black-White gap in support for marriage rights come from? The Washington Post details the last-ditch efforts by Black Christian leader...

The Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders

Arva Rice | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arva Rice

The leaders of today's civil rights movement are different. Many have attended majority schools and have grown up watching integrated Sesame Street on television.

The Real Black History

Robin Quivers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Quivers

Next time you're enjoying that discussion with friends about where you come from, just remember that most African Americans have no answer to that question.

Is Tribalism on the Increase?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

When I was a college student, I worked at the student newspaper. I was a longhaired, hard-drinking journalist -- a Woodward and/or Bernstein in traini...

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.