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12 Years a Slave and the Questioning of Race

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
American Anthropological Association

Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.

A Must-See: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kathleen Buckstaff

I'd reach in my purse -- it's a true woman's purse, deep and full of everything -- and I'd open my notebook. "Here's one quote from the movie I loved. I believe it was from a poem of hers."

The New Black: A Review

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

LGBT members of the African American community have long been citizens of this nation in name only. Despite the assurances of the words enshrined in our 14th amendment, and the 1964 civil rights act, LGBT African Americans have been without a voice for centuries.

You Won't Believe What I Learned From Our Black Elders

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Being older, it's even worse. People see you as an easy target, like you can't defend yourself because maybe you use a cane and walk a little slower or trust too easily."

Cheerios Embraces Ethnic Norm Shifting, But There Are Brand Missteps

Stephen Palacios | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Palacios

Everyone is talking about Cheerios! The New York Times (article), Fox News, MSNBC and others have made an inter-ethnic family the cause de jour (MSN...

Langston Hughes: A Life Dreamed in Letters

Afaa Michael Weaver | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Afaa Michael Weaver

Hughes' was a courage we speak of when we speak of great people, people of an imponderable depth of spirit. He gave his life to his work, and to his people, and to his nation in the face of adversity that would crush most aspiring poets.

Keep Going: Harriet Tubman's Legacy

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Harriet was born into slavery and raised in a world with no hope. Still, she dreamed her dreams and did what she had to do. She broke the law of the land by following the North Star to freedom. Where did a woman who was whipped as a child get that kind of courage?

How the Banking Industry Can Help Combat Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.

Pam Oliver, Indifference, and the Disrespecting of Black Women

Kumera Genet | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.

The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend

Ted Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution.

'I Don't Think Homophobia Is Something That Has A Color'

Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Author Rob Smith spoke at length about homophobia in the African-American community in an appearance on HuffPost Live this week. Of the perception...

An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Felt Bad for Me at Yoga

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

I'm not sure what you thought you saw in my eyes, but, believe me, I don't resent your body or your whiteness for a very simple reason. I don't envy them.

Tackling Talent Bias On and Off the Field

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Whether you admired or abhorred -- or simply ignored -- Richard Sherman's 15-second rant moments after his interception helped the Seattle Seahawks get to the Super Bowl, we should all be grateful for one thing.

Must End Gentrification to Advance Economic Equity

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Nationally there is much to be done that can address the record level of American economic inequality. It is a fight which must occur city by city. Growing economic inequality will only cease with an end to gentrification.

Paint the Town Red (and Black) for Heart Disease in Women

Tené T. Lewis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
Tené T. Lewis

Every February, I call my mother, my three sisters and several of my girlfriends to remind them to wear red on National Wear Red Day -- to promote heart disease awareness in women.

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.