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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.

An American Promise Shines at the 2013 New York Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional.

What Travelling to 66 Countries Has Taught Me

Oneika Raymond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

Have I learned anything from my extensive travels? Definitely. Travel has probably been one of the greatest educators in my life and has schooled me in more ways that I'll ever be able (or willing) to truly verbalize.

Why Is the African American Imprisonment Rate Higher Than Whites?

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Kiernan Hopkins

The Emancipation Proclamation took place a hundred and fifty years ago. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order delivered by President A...

Human Dignity at the Heart of Immigration Reform

Bertha Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

Thanks to the mainstream media and hypocritical politicians, the phrase "immigration reform" has become so politicized, so polarizing that the term itself distracts from what is truly at stake.

Obamacare Is a Triumph for African-Americans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.29.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The verdict was in even before the first enrollee inked their signature October 1 on a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. The law is an unmitigated triumph for the millions of uninsured in America.

Black Films Take Center Stage at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This year the footprint black films and artists have left behind is resoundingly deeper, bigger and better than ever before. Especially when you consider that director Steven McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a graphic and compelling allegory about slavery, has won the festival's prestigious People's Choice Award.

Say What? If Miss America Is Not a Nice White, Christian Gal, She Must Be a Muslim Terrorist? Even My Dog Knows Better!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Ms. Davuluri was born and raised American. That ought to be enough. About half the tweets I saw attacked her for being a Muslim or a terrorist. A number of them linked her appearance with the anniversary of September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attack.

Top 5 Old Testament Texts Beloved by African-American Christians

Nyasha Junior | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Nyasha Junior

African Americans have a long and complex relationship with the Bible due to its use both as a tool of oppression and as a force for liberation.

Has Gentrification of New York's Harlem Neighborhood Stirred Up Prejudice Against LGBTQ Residents?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I'm told that, oddly, the resentment toward white queer people taking up residence in Harlem has been expressed more openly toward black queer people, in the form of homophobic and transphobic slurs and attacks.

From 50th Anniversary March on Washington to Syria

Debbie Hines | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington called for Americans to continue the fight for the unfinished business of Dr. King's dream, a starting point is questioning America's continued quick stance to move on military intervention and its stalled stance on economic equality.

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

The 'Dream' Is Still Alive

Michael Steele | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

Dr. King's speech challenged the status quo of his time and now so must we. But we must first answer for our generation the question often asked of him: 'When will you be satisfied?'

Uncircling the Wagons: Philanthropists Who Didn't Cause Our Social Problems

Claudia Jacobs | Posted 10.29.2013 | Style
Claudia Jacobs

Peter Buffett's op-ed this summer in the New York Times pointed to the irony of the mega-wealthy cloaking themselves with the accoutrements of philant...

What Was the America of 'I Have a Dream' All About?

Carl Pope | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

I was only 18, 50 years ago yesterday, when, against official advice warning of violence, a few of my friends and I trekked to the Lincoln Memorial from suburban Maryland for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Evil, Thy Name Is Chicken

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.29.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

On the off chance you were one of the few Americans paying attention to the news in these waning days of summer, you may be forgiven for concluding that, in America, this was the week of the chicken. Seriously, chicken was everywhere.

The Eagle Flies

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

50 Years After the March on Washington: Racial Economic Inequality Beyond Black and White

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a multiracial movement. And like 50 years ago, today many of the disparities -- wealth, unemployment, and income -- are not only experienced by African Americans, but exist in varied forms among all people of color.

50 Years Later, How Can We Help Realize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

African-American talent urgently needs what one diversity expert calls "door-opening relationships" -- powerful links to senior executives willing to put their reputations on the line to promote their protégés all the way to the top.

Listen Up Candidates, Planning Matters: Two New Books on the History of Planning

Heath Brown | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Heath Brown

Two new books draw attention to the role planners and planning have played in the development of cities and suburbs in the U.S.

Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

A.J. Walkley | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The media is a powerful tool that has the ability to shape and form public opinion. When She Smiles is one of the first few poetry videos released on All Def Poetry and I am beyond pleased that the bar has been set with queer content.

King's Dream Is Also an Immigrant Dream

Bertha Lewis | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

It's time to get rid of this unfair two-tier workforce. We need a commonsense immigration system that includes a realistic path to citizenship, keeps families together, raises standards for all working people and strengthens the economy.