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Rangel and the Ghosts of Censure

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

Rangel is among an uncomfortably long list of Black lawmakers being probed by the House Ethics Committee, and many wonder out loud about the motivations.

Ntozake Shange's Rainbow

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cheryl Wills

Ntozake Shange foresaw the "Leisa Jones" of the world more than thirty years ago, which is why so many of us consider the author's work a sort of Holy Grail.

The Dangers of Anti-Gay Propaganda: A Personal Story

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

These statements, talking points, and "studies" about the lgbt community put out by groups like the Family Research Council are lies and nothing more.

AIDS still thought of as a gay disease in black America

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Irene Monroe

To date, more than 230, 000 African Americans have died of AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 22 African Americans will be...

Black Men's Marriages

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

An in-depth look at how some Black men see their marriages. Research on marriage trends, and the reasons behind them, tends to focus on the decline i...

Is Black Political Power Under Siege?

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

Black political power and influence appears somehow strafed and in serious condition since the midterm elections. Even President Barack Obama is not immune as he fends off assaults from both left and right.

Activism as Art: Shotgun Shacks Saved Through Art-Based Revitalization

Gregory Sholette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gregory Sholette

A decade before toxic mortgages led to the worst housing crisis in history, artist Rick Lowe was addressing the issue of affordable housing through art. I met up with Rick to discuss art's role in community activism.

Raising The Bar For Single Parents

Cheryl Wills | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Wills

Seventy percent of African American children are raised by a single mother. That's an alarming statistic; however, there's a powerful movement empowering single parents like never before to help make a dent in those numbers.

Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This weekend is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and many of us will be memorializing transgender Americans murdered because of their gender identities or gender expressions.

Racism Is Hardly a Thing of the Past

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Is Jim Crow back? Are African Americans, particularly African American men, once more suffering systematic discrimination on the basis of race -- a discrimination that locks them out of equal rights and basic citizenship?

Not only "For Colored Girls"

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

For Colored Girls is not only for colored girls because it offers a pathway to self-growth, finding our authentic power, and discovering the divine in one's self.

3 Reasons You Should Care About Multicultural Social Media & 3 Tips for Multicultural Social Media Success

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kety Esquivel

Multicultural is the anti-thesis of the become like us phenomena. It turns assimilation on its head, upside down. Multicultural: According to Webste...

Defiant Daughter Emerges in Harlem Renaissance Era Drama

Len Hollie | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

A distinctly New York play finally lands in the city when Knock Me A Kiss, by playwright Charles Smith, begins previews Thursday in its Off-Broadway premiere.

It's Time to Be Bold: Democrats and Black America

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Rucker

In the eyes of black Americans, Democrats have not fought hard enough to truly distinguish themselves from Republicans on issues like criminal justice reform and unemployment.

A Cautionary Tale of Three Black Men

Ron Christie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Christie

Amid so many distractions of late, many Americans have lost sight of a truly remarkable accomplishment: Three of the most powerful and influential people in the United States today are African-American men.

Once Again, Race Matters-But How?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The key to the peaceful death most of us want, surrounded at home by loved ones and free from tubes and machines, is a frank talk with one's doctor. S...

For Colored Girls, And For Multiple Stakes

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

The film, "For Colored Girls", is gonna have sista girl flair for sure, but there are a number of reasons to peep it and especially watch how it unfol...

Blacks, Hispanics, Youth and Independents Get on Board With Democrats

Debbie Hines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

For my independent or undecided voter friends who need a reason to vote, let me help.

To the Polls: Why Democrats Deserve to Win-- and How We Can Do It

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

One of the many reasons I respect Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is that she has no investment in losing. She says Democrats can win on November...

Diabetes: Put Down that Cola and Pick up Celery!

Robin Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Wilson

A pivotal moment occurred recently when a friend - only 45 years old! - was hospitalized for diabetes related complications. And then the outcome - a...

Re-Introducing Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women of African Descent

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

a groundbreaking study in July came out titled "Black Lesbians Matter" examining the unique experiences, perspectives, and priorities of the Black LBT community, and sadly little is known about it.

Will Young, Disenchanted Voters Show Up for Midterms?

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

There is still time to turn out the vote among key Democratic constituencies. But it will not be easy. Young voters are still not inclined to head to the polls.

Obama's Minority Card

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sunil Adam


My Review of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special

George Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
George Alexander

My Review of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special By George Alexander "Debt is a bigger problem than racism." Those are pretty strong word...

Rapper T.I. Gets 11 Months in Jail -- Hallelujah

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

When Lindsay and Paris are brought up on federal weapons charges as opposed to possession of a controlled substance, then and only then should we begin asking the question whether justice was unfairly served.