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Fatherhood Within Reach for Formerly Homeless Men

Harriet McDonald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

How do we encourage men to be true fathers to their children, especially in minority communities where poverty is most extreme, where hopelessness often trumps possibilities?

I Adopted a Black Kid and I'm Not Black -- So?

Matthew Bailey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Four months ago, after three long-ass years of waiting, I adopted a nice little half-black, half-Polish boy called Cameron. Despite the near-constant ...

Not Caste in Color: Dispelling Myths in Our Classrooms

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Colorism, as it turns out, is a deeply rooted issue among many within the Indian Diaspora, and it's not limited to one particularly faith tradition or ethnicity.

Your Grandma Should Know How Many African Americans Appear on Fox News & CNN

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

For this new post, I've gone back and re-watched the same 5 hours of FOX News as I did last week. You'd be surprised how much blood spilled from my eyes this time, what with the scars from last week still raw and moist. Anyway, this time I didn't look for scams. I looked for African Americans.

Yes! Black People Can Suffer From Mental Illness!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

For some blacks, admitting and confronting the fact that he or she suffers from mental illness makes them appear vulnerable. Denial is commonplace.

An Open Letter to Kylie (formerly known as Keisha) Austin

Chevonne Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Hello Kylie, while I understand your rationalization to change your name from Keisha to Kylie, I must say I was quite saddened by your final decision.

Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

Do Bike Lanes Promote Gentrification?

Jay Walljasper | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Jay Walljasper

While African-Americans comprise the fastest growing demographic of bicyclists, doubling from 2001 and 2009 according to U.S. Department of Transportation data, bike lanes proposed for African-American neighborhoods in several cities have drawn controversy.

Discriminating Taste: Rhapsody in Black Puts Audiences on the Path to Transcending Racism

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. You will find truth and triumph in Rhapsody in Black.

Invisible Black Women and the Real Scandal

Stephen Palacios | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Palacios

Saturday night, SNL tried to defuse criticism for its persistent lack of black women comediennes in its cast in the only way it could -- through humor. Kerry Washington hosted, and was forced to play Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce.

Profiles in Cowardice: Conservatives, Eminent Domain and Civil Rights in the Mount Holly Case

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It would seem that something we could all agree on is that eminent domain should not be used as a tool for racial discrimination. That is precisely what is being alleged by the homeowners in the Mount Holly case.

Obama's Helicopter Stirs High Spirits in Brooklyn

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

When I saw how excited my clients were, simply off of knowing that President Obama was in the area, I realized that he had powerful influence over my African-American clients who are suffering from mental health issues.

Blackface Is the New Black?

Anthony Otero | Posted 12.28.2013 | Black Voices
Anthony Otero

The joke is on you for thinking that blackface is the new Black.

Illinois' Teachable Moment: The True Cost of Coal, Slavery and Historical Markers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

What gives, Illinois State Historical Society? Doesn't history matter -- at least over the hackneyed phrases of the Big Coal lobby, even if they provided most of the funds for the historical marker?

A Lesson From Sandy: Why We Need to Fortify Vulnerable Communities

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The storm drove home a somber lesson -- one that Hurricane Katrina first taught us eight years ago. When disaster strikes, those with the fewest resources have a harder time preparing, escaping, and recovering.

An Open Letter to Jay-Z: One Thing You Could Say About Barneys That Might Matter

Rashad Robinson | Posted 12.25.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

To be honest with you, I couldn't care less whether you keep Barneys' money. It won't change a reality of more than 700,000 people -- mostly Black and Latino -- stopped and frisked by the NYPD in a single year.

Hey Folks, Enough With the War on Black Hair (For Real This Time)

Chevonne Harris | Posted 12.25.2013 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Whether fried, dyed or laid to the side, unless you're the head that's wearing it, the stylist behind it, or an innocent bystander eager to offer a compliment or trade hair tips, leave the hair alone.

Washington Politics Spell Caribbean Problems

Zhivargo Laing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Zhivargo Laing

Caribbean business expansion is the most productive way forward for our region, and government policies that enhance this over the long-term ought to be adopted. In a land where giants fight, agility and alertness are our most useful assets.

Roma and the Civil Rights Movement

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Although some Roma have achieved social, economic, or political success, the community as a whole remains on the margins.

From Humble Beginnings to the White House: The Story of Monique Dorsainvil

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a child, I imagined the inner workings of the White House to be similar to the scenes I watched on The West Wing television show. As I grew older, I finally began to see past this Hollywood façade in exchange for a realistic view.

Cory Booker's Win Exposes Glaring Senate Reality

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

Hours after Senate-elect Cory Booker (D-N.J.) learned he was headed to Washington, he appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," voicing how frustrations with...

Improving Our Nation's Health, Community by Community

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

While heart disease and stroke are major threats for all Americans, certain segments of our population are hit the hardest.

The Epigenetics of Being Black and Feeling Blue: Understanding African American Vulnerability to Disease

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Significant health care challenges are among the forms of white on black discrimination. In the absence of sweeping governmental reforms that place human rights over property rights, African Americans must take greater ownership in their own health care by becoming better informed.

My Conversation With Danai Gurira

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In addition to giving us a peek into the upcoming season premiere of The Walking Dead, she talks about African representation in the movies and her critically acclaimed role in the upcoming movie Mother of George.

Now Is the Time for Attention to Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning, "Alex" and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but I assumed that the black-and-blue marks were par for the course for a guy who played scrimmage football on the weekends.