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We Are the Environment

Nikki Silvestri | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Nikki Silvestri

We don't just need to fight against all the things that are broken--carbon pollution, fossil fuels, poverty, and waste. We also need to mend things. We need to build a world that really works; one that we feel good about passing along to our kids and grandkids.

Sojourner's Truth

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.

Black Players Get the Flag with NFL's 'N-Word' Ban

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The NFL might toss the flag on the N-word. Despite the effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be the ones to get the flag tossed at them.

The N-Word and the NFL

Randy Miller | Posted 04.27.2014 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

If the NFL were to institute a rule that outlaws usage of the N-word or any racial slur on the football field, at the very least the league would be guilty of two things: (1) Instituting a rule designed to protect white privilege and (2) Being self-righteously hypocritical.

Affordable Health Care Is Right for America -- and a Worthy Tribute to Black History Month

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

Why is it so difficult to gain wider support for insuring America's greatest asset, expanding the security of protecting one's health -- which cannot be replaced? Is it a resistance to putting the 'little people' on a level with the more affluent in our society?

Disbelief Doesn't Cure Discrimination

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Humanists and other secular-minded people of every level need to understand that "isms" like sexism and racism don't go away just because we identify as atheists or humanists. We need to unpack our privileges and cultural baggage in order to stop discriminatory behavior.

Black History is NASA History Too

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.

Engineering Emergency

Linda Rosen | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Linda Rosen

Income inequality is in the news these days, and for good reason. One big reason for the divide: gaps in educational attainment often widen gaps in wealth. The fate of African Americans and Latinos in engineering offers a case in point.

Black History Month STILL Needs to Go

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

Let's forget about appeasing ourselves by "celebrating" Black History Month. We have not shattered stereotypes. We have not made progress. We just haven't.

The 2014 Pan African Film Festival Gives Top Award to Of Good Report

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6th to the 17th -- 177 feature films, docs, shorts and web series screened daily at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Locals and out-of-towners gathered to honor black films.

An African-American Heritage Tour Complements LA's Pan African Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival, a cornerstone of Black History Month in Los Angeles, opens the door to LA's thriving black community.

How Post Offices Can Provide an Alternative to Payday Lending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The federal government has a history of intervening to provide important services not offered by the private sector. And with a gap in the financial services arena for low- to moderate-income Americans, the U.S. Postal Service is a great fit to meet this demand.

Is Black Mosque Not Black Enough?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The "Black Mosque" voice and story must be part of the overall narration of black history in this country. This month-long attempt to remember and honor black history cannot be complete and authentic if it continues to selectively highlight certain stories within "black history" and continues to exclude and disregard others.

Jesse Jackson, 1984: A Transformative Campaign

James Zogby | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Those of us who participated in that 1984 campaign will never forget the experience. It was historic, it was pure excitement, and it unleashed a dynamic that helped to change American politics forever.

Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation and Commodities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

One of the most annoying sidebars of Michael Sam's coming out is how some LGBTs who will take it upon themselves to play armchair psychologist and proclaim the African-American community intrinsically homophobic.

The Vulnerable Need Environmental Education Too

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Kathleen Rogers

Our initial attempts to create environmental educational materials that would resonate with minority voters produced limited results. But we found common ground and our coalition produced long-term friendships and shared history.

Leap Forward: Why We Need to Think Bigger on Climate Resilience

Jeremy Hays | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Jeremy Hays

So far, the conversation on climate resilience has been too narrow. It often overlooks some of the key components that have proven to make the difference in how a community survives a heat wave, a flood, a fire, or a hurricane.

I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Ferrari Sheppard

Contrary to what's been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency.

An HIV Status Doesn't Make You Damaged Goods

Jamar Rogers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jamar Rogers

You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.

Moral March Rallies in Raleigh to Transform North Carolina

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday, February 8, as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.

12 Years a Slave and the Questioning of Race

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
American Anthropological Association

Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.

A Must-See: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kathleen Buckstaff

I'd reach in my purse -- it's a true woman's purse, deep and full of everything -- and I'd open my notebook. "Here's one quote from the movie I loved. I believe it was from a poem of hers."

The New Black: A Review

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

LGBT members of the African American community have long been citizens of this nation in name only. Despite the assurances of the words enshrined in our 14th amendment, and the 1964 civil rights act, LGBT African Americans have been without a voice for centuries.

You Won't Believe What I Learned From Our Black Elders

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Being older, it's even worse. People see you as an easy target, like you can't defend yourself because maybe you use a cane and walk a little slower or trust too easily."

Cheerios Embraces Ethnic Norm Shifting, But There Are Brand Missteps

Stephen Palacios | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Palacios

Everyone is talking about Cheerios! The New York Times (article), Fox News, MSNBC and others have made an inter-ethnic family the cause de jour (MSN...