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The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Hearing President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise.

Viola Davis: From Stealing Food to Survive to Stealing Scenes

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

I had the opportunity to talk to Davis about how she juggles motherhood, the new demands of fame, overcoming ageism and hair-ism in Hollywood and how her life has changed dramatically since The Help.

Appreciating Paul Robeson, a True Global Citizen

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

Just five days after many Americans observed the 46th anniversary of the death of one civil rights icon, the 116th birth anniversary of another icon went largely unnoticed.

What Kind of Slave Would You Have Been?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

For most Americans, 12 Years provided a glimpse into the humanity that inflicted and endured the institution of slavery. For many blacks, however, the experience was a sort of out-of-body, first-person experience.

Hot 97's Shani Kulture and WBLS' Barbara De Laleu Present 'The Kulture Movement'

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Marjoriet T. Matute

Creating "The Kulture Movement" as an initiative to help influence young adults was the original idea but instead with the help of influential friend, Barbara De Laleu, Shani Kulture set his plan in motion as a social issue that needs be addressed by the masses.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

Why Racial Economic Inequality Must Be on the Agenda of the Civil Rights Summit

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.07.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

At the heart of racial inequality in the United States, there has always been economic inequality. By almost any economic measure -- wealth, income, homeownership, business ownership -- African Americans remain at great distance from whites, sometimes by margins that have scarcely budged in half a century.

White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

Glen Browder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Racism has proven to be a continuing and confounding reality in the story of America. Efforts such as this study help us realize that there is still much to learn and "fix" in American democracy.

Civil Rights Protest Song 'We Shall Overcome' Inspires 'We Will Know,' a Hymn for the LGBT Community

Spectra | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Spectra

"I really wanted to contribute to the message and success of the 'It Gets Better' campaign, but couldn't find the words. I'm not a writer. I'm a musician. So it dawned on me in that moment... Music is a language at which I'm adept -- my chosen language of love and protest."

Wake Up: Economic Inequality Among Minorities No Longer Just a Minority Problem

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

Take economic opportunity away from the nation's largest minority groups and you literally sabotage the economy.

Dr. King and the Gang of Four

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

As minority candidates, the path each one of us walked was particularly tough. Few thought that the Gang of Four, also known as the Harlem Clubhouse, were up to the job. But we overcame great prejudice and paved the road to politics in which race was less a factor than talent.

Get Your Foot Off My Neck: The Emancipation of the Black College Athlete

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Universities must bare the responsibility for effectively bridging the gap for students to ensure their success. And the monies that flow into the college and university system could be used to greatly enrich the lives of black men in American who live in the margins of society.

More Autism: Run Faster, Do More

Areva Martin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

In trying to find the best in health care and education for Marty, I have met hundreds of African-American boys and girls like him -- kids who are misunderstood, marginalized and written off as unproductive and incapable of learning. These disparities are nothing new.

Making Way for Jackie Robinson: The Quiet Fight of the Brown Bomber

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

It's that time of the year when we honor Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 20th century. While he appreciated the sentiment, Robinson often recalled he was not the only black pioneer in sports.

American Money: How to Negotiate a Higher Salary

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Whether you or a man or woman, it's important to know your true market value and enter these conversations with confidence. Preparation is key and implementing some of the following steps can improve your chances of getting the salary you want.

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.

When Values Collide with Business: Ethnicity in Children's Books

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Only 93 books published last year (less than three percent) featured black characters. The trend for other ethnicities fares no better.

The President and the Pope: What's Missing From Their Inequality Talk

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation. Yet, I'm pretty certain that the elephant in the room was not discussed.

O'Reilly and Ryan and 'Inner-City' Exceptionalism

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Ryan and Reilly can cry crocodile tears as they pretend to be having an "adult conversation" about "what's really going on," but the truth is nothing pleases them more than the continuation of the status quo.

What About the Voters? Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

Franita Tolson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

The existence of statutory and constitutional provisions that bear on the rights of voters should factor into the judicial analysis of whether states can adopt measures that create a tension with federal law.

America's Persistent Struggle to Love Black Youth

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Black children are presently under continual assault by well-maintained practices of white racial domination and exclusion, resulting in the marginalization of Africans and African Americans into adulthood. These children are under attack physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Paul Ryan and the Inner City American Dream Deferred

Antonio Moore | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Ryan's statement has undertones of racial bias and ignorance, and it fails to acknowledge the depth of the context of America's dark history. A history that digs back to the tobacco farms of Jamestown, Virginia, then makes its way forward to the lunch counters in Selma, Alabama.

Obama Honors 24 Heroes Who Didn't Get Their Due

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn't get their due. On Tuesday, 24 ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in ...

Being White in Philly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

j.n. salters | Posted 05.18.2014 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

As I continued to make my way down the shit show covered in shamrocks, I asked myself, what if all these people outside were black?

Mentoring: The Hindu-American Community's Great Seva

Murali Balaji | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Mentoring is probably one of the most individually fulfilling activities I experienced, but only in recent years have I truly appreciated how intrinsic the concept has been to Hinduism.