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The State of the Union and African Americans

Spencer Overton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Spencer Overton

The 2014 speech emphasizes three primary themes -- opportunity, action, and optimism. Opportunity initially appears the most relevant to African Americans. Both action and optimism, however, are perhaps even more important, because they prompt African Americans to proactively define both short-term and long-term policy priorities.

Does Racism Accelerate Aging?

Nigel Barber | Posted 03.25.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

The authors evidently began with the notion that racism makes people old and were determined to extract that conclusion from their results. That requires a certain flair for creative obfuscation.

Poor Women on the Margins

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Every woman knows that the decision of whether or when to become a parent is the most personal and has lifelong gifts and impact. The decision affects her physical health and well-being as well as her family.

Unemployment: Crisis Meets Opportunity

Preeti Vissa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Preeti Vissa

We face a true crisis of unemployment and underemployment among young men of color. There's a pathway out of that crisis if we choose to take it. Will we?

Paul Wesley Willrich: He Had the Last Laugh

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

The officers were seeking suspects in a purse snatching, which had occurred at a nearby drug store. The "probable cause" used for the stop was the physical description: two black males, one taller than the other. "You're kidding, right?" asked the passenger. Well, they weren't kidding. They were serious.

Fulfilling MLK's Legacy of Coming Together to Move Forward

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Jose Antonio Tijerino

Latinos and African Americans, along with Asian, LGBT, females, disabled and other communities need to come together to fulfill Dr. King's vision that "our dreams for a better tomorrow will be realized." Yes, together.

Does FOX News Support Guys Marrying 15 Year Old Kids?

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 03.19.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

As you might expect, after A&E suspended Phil Robertson for his words, the FOX News Hysteria Machine went into Uber-Hyper-Spasmodic Overdrive. Do they know that Robinson has also advocated for 20 year old guys to marry girls who are 15?

MLK Day: His Calls for Equality, Service Are Enduring Legacies

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Involvement can come in so many ways, from giving money to giving time, from offering your expertise to rounding up friends to attend an event. The possibilities are limitless. So are the opportunities. Whatever you believe in, there's an organization out there that could use you.

Ride Along

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Kevin Hart is becoming the crown prince of comedy. These days, he's the little, impish comedian who serves up big, huge laughs. In fact, his comic chops are often one of the most redeeming qualities in the films he headlines.

How Can You Unlock the Diversity Dividend?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

January 15, 2014 would have marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday. It's a reminder to us to see how far we've come in promoting equal opportunities no matter what one's race, ethnicity, gender or religion -- and how far we still have to go.

Embracing the Many Movements That Shaped This Proud, Gay, African American Community College President

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

I recently had the pleasure of giving a TEDx talk, called "Embrace Your Movement." You've heard of TED Talks -- their motto is: "Ideas worth spreading...

Justice for the Atomic Veterans

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1955 the U.S. detonated a nuclear weapon. Men nearby huddled in fear, praying for their lives. Some died instantly. Others lost their sight or had the skin ripped off their bodies. However, these were not enemies of the U.S. They were Americans.

No, She Didn't! Affirmative Action and Alumni Admissions Reps

Jim Downs | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Jim Downs

This whole process of alumni admissions representatives is fundamentally flawed and unwittingly furthers forms of privilege that we on campus and within the academy attempt to eradicate.

Black Male Mentors Celebrated With Storytelling Campaign and Certificates

Christopher Norris | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

As promised, the New Year has brought new narratives for inspired black men. A major collaborative effort to highlight the important dimensions of black male lives, such as: mentoring, fatherhood and community leadership has become the priority for media and nonprofit organizations across the globe this month; its impact is being seen in real-time.

'SNL' Adds More Color To Their Staff

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

The creative minds over at “Saturday Night Live” are once again in the headlines for a second time this week for adding diversity to the show's st...

Are Spas Ignoring the Needs of Ethnic Women?

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

Increasingly more and more African-American, Hispanic, Asian, biracial and other ethnic women are asking a question prior to booking their facial appointment. The question is, 'Do you have someone who knows how to work with my skin?'

Black or Gay: Choose One

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

The African-American community preaches unity and one love -- except if you're gay. It's almost like we lose our black card when we are LGBT. We are the lepers of the movement even though we have always been an integral part of it. Think Angela Davis. Think Bayard Rustin.

WATCH: 'SNL' Newest Hire Channels Bey & FLOTUS

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

In recent months “Saturday Night Live” has faced criticism surrounding the lack of diversity on its show, more specifically, the glaring absence o...

'SNL' Makes Big Casting Decision

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

"Saturday Night Live" will add Sasheer Zamata to its cast this month, according to a spokesperson for the show. Deadline first broke the news that Zam...

The Green Book: The First Travel Guide for African-Americans Dates to the 1930s

Kate Kelly | Posted 03.08.2014 | Travel
Kate Kelly

Americans began taking to the road during the 1940s and '50s, for both business and pleasure. African-Americans were as eager as all other Americans to see the United States via automobile. Car travel for African-Americans, however, was fraught with difficulties because of racial segregation.

Kieran Romney and the Paradox of Transracial Adoption

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

White parents that espouse "love is enough" are, in fact, doing Black adoptees a huge disservice, potentially exposing their children to a high degree of racial identity confusion and a poor ability to effectively cope with race-based mistreatment.

Grudge Match

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This is a charming and disarming geezer sports movie. Somewhat formulaic, but a lot of fun regardless. In fact, you may get so caught up in the moment you'll celebrate your gray and throw your Grecian Formula away.

Santa for Colored Girls

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

This man we idolized should have looked more like me. Or, rather, like my father. Because that's who he had been all along.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?