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Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Billionaire P.A. Reacts to African American Racial Questions (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

My goal is to examine the concept of racial literacy. Race should not be a taboo topic to be avoided in everyday dialogue. Rather, I believe we can only improve race relations by learning to ask -- and speak -- more respectfully about each other's race.

The State of Black Men From an American President

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The president's view, although unpopular in the eyes of many of his white conservatives colleagues, reminded people that racism is not a relic of our 400-year-old violent past, but instead, represents reality for substantial numbers of blacks who are frustrated and disillusioned.

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

Danielle Schlanger

Obama's Urban Affairs Office Brings Hope But Not Much Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. WASHINGTON -- Less than a week af...

Inaugural African American Hepatitis C Action Day: Get Tested, Get Treated and Get the Word Out

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

I believe it's not only a decision, but also a duty. Getting tested and getting treated is making a commitment to your family, friends, other loved ones, and our entire community that Hepatitis C will not destroy us. We have too much to live for and too much work to do.

Book Excerpt: He's a Different Kind of Black

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

As I mentioned in the opening chapter about Lorenzo, I attended high school in Sacramento, California, in the mid-1980s. The community of my upbringing was middle-class, Asian-American, and suburban.

American Mortality Comparatively Higher Across All Age Groups

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The fact that the U.S. health care outcomes lag that of many other wealthy countries has been well established. What may surprise some is that the U.S. consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes across all stages of life.

Fixing Washington: Two New Books on What's Right and Wrong With Congress

Heath Brown | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Heath Brown

A summer of gridlock is clearly not good for the business of Washington or for its popularity. Thankfully, two new books help make some sense of what's right and wrong with Congress.

The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.

The Different Faces of Rebellion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

We should be careful not to dismiss subtle forms of fighting oppression, for they are no less valuable than street fights and mass strikes.

Give Girls Equal Time in Struggle Against Racism's Real Consequences

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Deborah Jacobs

What is often missing for those well-intentioned people trying to provide greater opportunities for African-American boys is the interconnectivity between the plights of disadvantaged girls and boys.

Trayvon Martin Is History but I Wish He Were Still Here

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Malcolm Boyd

This is not simply a "black" cause. It is clearly a "human" one, a "moral" one, a "universal" one.

Dear Black Americans, Please Don't Disappoint Us

Jamil Jivani | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jamil Jivani

In order for us to make the most of this groundswell of interest in law, policy, and activism, we need Black Americans to embrace their responsibility as global leaders. It's up to you for justice to again be one of America's exports to the world.

Speak Up With Jimmy: The Inspiring Story of Billionaire P.A. and 'Wealthy Minds' (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Can a young African American man from the South -- after two felonies, no money, and living out of a truck -- turn his life around? The answer is "absolutely, yes."

Denzel Washington and Wife, Pauletta Withstand Divorce Rumors and Promote Black Love

Jordan Harris | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Jordan Harris

With faith and positivity, Denzel and Pauletta continue to combat the climbing divorce rate in the African American community. Maybe with this latest divorce rumor, the couple will see another 30 years of marriage.

Cornel West: "Obama Is A Global George Zimmerman"

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For a response to President Obama's comments on the acquittal of George Zimmerman and racism in the United States, Democracy Now! speaks with Dr. Corn...

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge veers away from unions, United Steel Workers say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the July 22, 2013 edition.) On a drive through Baton Rouge on Interstate 110, you've probabl...

Speaker Boehner's Urgent Opportunity to Unite America

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

It's time for John Boehner to decide if he is a national leader or merely a party hack raised by fate to the level beyond his true capacity, thereby staying in "power" by appealing to the lowest-common denominator and ignoring an urgent need for America.

Race in America: A More Perfect Union?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Even though, as President Obama observed, things are better for African Americans in our nation today than when he was the age of Trayvon Martin when he died, the moral crisis of racism remains an open wound. We should not kid ourselves. Things have gotten better, but they are still shameful.

Howard Fineman

'Still Not Free': It's 2013, And Black America's Hit Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

This article is the first in a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. WASHINGTON -- Elijah Cummings, 62 years old, has lived ...

Obama: 'A More Perfect Union'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

When future historians write about America's long struggle for racial equality, they will include the moment when the country's first African-American president broke his silence about the 2012 death of young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman Verdict and Civil Rights, Still Much to Do

Areva Martin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

The reliability of the jury process is undermined if members can profit from their service, particularly service on a criminal trial involving a teen who was shot through the heart while walking through his neighborhood.

Trayvon Martins Are Everywhere

Debbie Hines | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unfortunately, most blacks have at some time, whether they knew it or not, probably looked suspicious and "up to no good" to a white person. Trayvon Martins are everywhere.

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...