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Faith, Race and Leadership: Conversations With Morehouse College's 11th President

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

The recent inauguration of Morehouse College's 11th president is a major milestone not only for HBCUs (Historic Black Colleges and Universities) and t...

Using Social Media to Spark On Campus Dialogue

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Catherine Okafor

For quite some time many have warned of the dangers of abusing social media by posting all the wrong things, however, some are using it the right way....

African American Churches and the Neglected Public Minister

Billy Honor | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Billy Honor

Today, given the myriad of social issues that plague African-American communities we are desperately in need of more pastors who are committed to the public theological and intellectual tradition.

I, Too, Am Harvard

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Catherine Okafor

I, too, remember occurrences of feeling singled out by my peers solely due to my race. Some may think that I was simply pulling the "race card," however I was only showing "my reality card." It's the true reality that so many minority students face on their respective campuses.

Michael Sam, Part 2: The Issue of Race in America

Oscar G. Lopez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Oscar G. Lopez

The forceful reaction to Mr. Sam's coming out illustrates not only the homophobia that is rampant in sport and society at large, but moreover it suggests the level of homophobia that is present in African American communities.

An Open Letter to Lupita Nyong'o

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

There are hundreds of little Lupitas across the globe that now believe they can achieve their dreams because of your presence as an astounding role model. This Oscar win is more than just another accolade; it symbolizes a change that women of color have been waiting for.

Refusing the Happy Ending: 12 Years A Slave

Miriam Petty | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Miriam Petty

Hollywood movies are notoriously good at reducing complex problems to isolated, emotional experiences. The happy endings of films on racial themes reflect Americans' collective investment in concluding a conversation that has barely begun.

The Best Possible Tribute To Our Ancestors In Honor Of Black History Month

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.

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.