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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.

An Open Letter to Jay-Z: One Thing You Could Say About Barneys That Might Matter

Rashad Robinson | Posted 12.25.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

To be honest with you, I couldn't care less whether you keep Barneys' money. It won't change a reality of more than 700,000 people -- mostly Black and Latino -- stopped and frisked by the NYPD in a single year.

Hey Folks, Enough With the War on Black Hair (For Real This Time)

Chevonne Harris | Posted 12.25.2013 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Whether fried, dyed or laid to the side, unless you're the head that's wearing it, the stylist behind it, or an innocent bystander eager to offer a compliment or trade hair tips, leave the hair alone.

Washington Politics Spell Caribbean Problems

Zhivargo Laing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Zhivargo Laing

Caribbean business expansion is the most productive way forward for our region, and government policies that enhance this over the long-term ought to be adopted. In a land where giants fight, agility and alertness are our most useful assets.

Roma and the Civil Rights Movement

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Although some Roma have achieved social, economic, or political success, the community as a whole remains on the margins.

From Humble Beginnings to the White House: The Story of Monique Dorsainvil

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a child, I imagined the inner workings of the White House to be similar to the scenes I watched on The West Wing television show. As I grew older, I finally began to see past this Hollywood façade in exchange for a realistic view.

Cory Booker's Win Exposes Glaring Senate Reality

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

Hours after Senate-elect Cory Booker (D-N.J.) learned he was headed to Washington, he appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," voicing how frustrations with...

Improving Our Nation's Health, Community by Community

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

While heart disease and stroke are major threats for all Americans, certain segments of our population are hit the hardest.

The Epigenetics of Being Black and Feeling Blue: Understanding African American Vulnerability to Disease

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Significant health care challenges are among the forms of white on black discrimination. In the absence of sweeping governmental reforms that place human rights over property rights, African Americans must take greater ownership in their own health care by becoming better informed.

My Conversation With Danai Gurira

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In addition to giving us a peek into the upcoming season premiere of The Walking Dead, she talks about African representation in the movies and her critically acclaimed role in the upcoming movie Mother of George.

Now Is the Time for Attention to Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning, "Alex" and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but I assumed that the black-and-blue marks were par for the course for a guy who played scrimmage football on the weekends.

An American Promise Shines at the 2013 New York Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional.

What Travelling to 66 Countries Has Taught Me

Oneika Raymond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

Have I learned anything from my extensive travels? Definitely. Travel has probably been one of the greatest educators in my life and has schooled me in more ways that I'll ever be able (or willing) to truly verbalize.

Why Is the African American Imprisonment Rate Higher Than Whites?

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Kiernan Hopkins

The Emancipation Proclamation took place a hundred and fifty years ago. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order delivered by President A...

Human Dignity at the Heart of Immigration Reform

Bertha Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

Thanks to the mainstream media and hypocritical politicians, the phrase "immigration reform" has become so politicized, so polarizing that the term itself distracts from what is truly at stake.

Obamacare Is a Triumph for African-Americans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.29.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The verdict was in even before the first enrollee inked their signature October 1 on a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. The law is an unmitigated triumph for the millions of uninsured in America.

Black Films Take Center Stage at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This year the footprint black films and artists have left behind is resoundingly deeper, bigger and better than ever before. Especially when you consider that director Steven McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a graphic and compelling allegory about slavery, has won the festival's prestigious People's Choice Award.

Say What? If Miss America Is Not a Nice White, Christian Gal, She Must Be a Muslim Terrorist? Even My Dog Knows Better!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Ms. Davuluri was born and raised American. That ought to be enough. About half the tweets I saw attacked her for being a Muslim or a terrorist. A number of them linked her appearance with the anniversary of September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attack.

Top 5 Old Testament Texts Beloved by African-American Christians

Nyasha Junior | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Nyasha Junior

African Americans have a long and complex relationship with the Bible due to its use both as a tool of oppression and as a force for liberation.

Has Gentrification of New York's Harlem Neighborhood Stirred Up Prejudice Against LGBTQ Residents?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I'm told that, oddly, the resentment toward white queer people taking up residence in Harlem has been expressed more openly toward black queer people, in the form of homophobic and transphobic slurs and attacks.

From 50th Anniversary March on Washington to Syria

Debbie Hines | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington called for Americans to continue the fight for the unfinished business of Dr. King's dream, a starting point is questioning America's continued quick stance to move on military intervention and its stalled stance on economic equality.

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

The 'Dream' Is Still Alive

Michael Steele | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

Dr. King's speech challenged the status quo of his time and now so must we. But we must first answer for our generation the question often asked of him: 'When will you be satisfied?'