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Female CEO Provides Communities with Year-Round Culture

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

In addition to parents being accountable for exposing their children to meaningful programs, the mother of two says there's a role for the elected official to play in promoting engagement.

JFK's Effects On African Americans & The Youth Vote

NewsOne | Posted 11.22.2013 | Black Voices

I grew up in a family of storytellers. Around our dinner table, stories of 1950′s era Harlem flow freely, as my grandparents talk about coffee dates...

How A Vitamin D Test Misdiagnosed African-Americans

NPR | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

By the current blood test for vitamin D, most African-Americans are deficient. That can lead to weak bones. So many doctors prescribe supplement pills...

Millennial, Civic Leaders Advocate for America's Oldest HBCU

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Many in the widespread coalition that make up "Heeding Cheyney's Call," are stating that the racially inequitable funding formula is the main reason that Cheyney, an all-time great institution, now has an all-time low student enrollment.

From Muhammad Ali to Charles Barkley, How the Use of 'Ni**a' in the Media Shows How Black America Lost Its Way

Antonio Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Revisionism will not fix our issues as we face an American history that has left open wounds that clearly have failed to close and begin healing.

Are African-Americans An Endangered Species?

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 11.19.2013 | Black Voices

Is it time to for black leaders to declare black people an endangered species? Right now, homicide is the leading cause of death among black men, a...

The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same.

Black Men at UCLA: The Devastating Effects of Proposition 209

Julie J. Park | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Julie J. Park

Racial diversity in the demography of a student body is a necessary but insufficient condition for healthy campus climate diversity.

The Gettysburg Address and the Mission Not Accomplished

Scott Hancock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Scott Hancock

How could Abraham Lincoln really believe what he said in the first line of the Gettysburg Address? He said the United States had been conceived in liberty, knowing full well that the founding of the country sealed a million black people in slavery.

The Best Man Holiday

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Running into old friends often brings up mixed feelings. Fond recollections. Unfinished business. Bad memories. Petty rivalries. Insecurities. Unrequited love. That's the range of emotions and dynamics in this follow-up film to the 1999 romantic comedy.

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.