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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.

GOP Austerity Plan Is an Assault on Blacks and Latinos

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

It is a tale of two cities in early twenty-first century America. This new wave of austerity is a con game, and it's racist too.

Left Behind: the State of the Union that Will Be Silent Tonight

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In America tonight there will be many who are not given much voice in the state of the union discussion. They are the hungry and the homeless, the pained and the suffering, the victims of a society that can truly be called our two Americas.


Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Lower income and special needs populations are likely to suffer most acutely from reductions in state and local services. It is essential to have a realistic conversation about who, what and where we are cutting.

Comcast-NBCU Deal Benefits African Americans

Robert Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Steele

I hope critics will now take a hard look at what was achieved for African Americans as part of the Comcast-NBCU review process at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Honoring a Dream for Health Care Justice

Dr. L. Toni Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. L. Toni Lewis

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the path he began down so many years ago to recognize health care as a human right, we must call upon members of Congress to honor his vision of a health care system that works.

How Race and Class May Affect Asthma

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Philip N. Cohen

Childhood asthma is more common among Blacks and Puerto Ricans than among Whites.

Is Immigration Reform the New Civil Rights Movement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

many social movements of the last few decades have attempted to appropriate this term as their own. Among the latest to claim the power of the civil rights movement are those who advocate for immigration reform.

Christianity Can Be Found In Dr. King's Example

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Randy Miller

Lost in the awe of Dr. King's greatness is the fact that he was a minister of Jesus Christ and that his life that he dedicated to service was his ministry according to the call upon his life.

Roland Burris: Lack Of African Americans In Senate Is 'Troubling'

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet on November 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his farewell speech, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only African American in the Senate, said it was "troubling" that when he leaves at the end o...

William Alden

Black Americans Especially Vulnerable To Spending Cuts, Study Shows | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Whenever governments cut spending, the pain is uneven. But African Americans are especially vulnerable, as a disproportionately high number rely on g...

MLK Injustice Index 2011: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

As we remember the courage and hope of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must not forget that he spoke out and worked against the injustices of our nation, particularly those of racism, materialism and militarism.

Dr. King's Dinner Conversations

Carl Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Carl Lewis

To honor the memory of Martin Luther King, we need to stress the importance of community service. The idea of America's Sunday Supper is to initiate conversation focused on pressing social issues we face.

Huck Finn's N-Word: Preserving Artistic Integrity or Ethnic Property Rights?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

As Americans we have a hard time talking about race in this country when the n-word is not involved. And when this epithet is, predictably, we behave schizophrenically.

The Dark Side of WikiLeaks

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Carnell

Unless you're plugged into international news organizations, you wouldn't know that many of the WikiLeaks cables delve into African issues. The responsible mouthpieces have been silent.

Harriet Wilson's Sunday School

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.31.2012 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The author of the first novel published by a black woman in the U.S. was also a leader of the Spiritualist movement that sought guidance from the dead.

Arizona Is America

Kevin Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

I say this because Arizona is not the problem. We the people are the problem. That is, we Americans who think it is cool to engage in rhetoric, poli...

Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday: Is the Drug War the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

In the spirit of Dr. King, we must now ask: Has this assault on the poor and the marginalized become the next big civil rights struggle?

Tavis Smiley's 'America's Next Chapter' Promises Diverse Voices, Opinions

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judy Lubin

The lack of diversity in the media has long been a source of frustration for media watchers. Turn on network or cable television and its clear that th...