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No, Gay Isn't the New Black

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

Gay rights are important and should be mandated at the utmost degree. However, recognize that they are not, nor ever will have, the same level of struggle or oppression that have plagued this country for hundreds of years.

Jessica Dickerson

Karyn Parsons Is Spreading The Untold Stories Of Black History

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices

Hilary Banks from "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" may not have been known as a fierce advocate for education. But the actress who played her sure is. ...

Remembering Slain Civil Rights Workers, 50 Years Later

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Fifty years later we must make a sacred pledge to honor this legacy by recommitting ourselves to those ideals that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner lost their lives on behalf of all of us who are alive today.

11 African American Artists Who Shaped The Civil Rights Movement

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts

In the 1960s and 1970s the American nation was forever changed as the demand for civil rights inspired protest, unity and radical action. As with many...

Villa Lewaro: The Future of Madam C. J. Walker's Historic Estate

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer The National Treasure reception in Irvington N.Y., May 2014 In Irvington, N.Y., there stands Madam C. ...

African-American Vs. Gay Civil Rights Is A False Choice

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in Michigan's gay marriage trial last Wednesday. The group hope to defeat efforts to make same-sex marriage legal in Michigan and in the brief they particularly rejected comparisons between the gay civil rights movement and the struggle for African Americans in this country.

WATCH: 'The Rules Of Racism' Film Trailer You Need To See

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Black Voices

One summer documentary is tackling the topic of American racism head on. "Hidden Colors" -- a documentary series about the cultural history of Afr...

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Failed Black America'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Questlove has grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

The "Monument to Sports Enthusiasm" You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should)

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.17.2014 | Sports
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by David Robert Weible Hinchliffe Stadium's Art Deco cast concrete construction has long suffered from neglect. The 1933 Art Deco Hinchliff...

Interview and Review: Son Keeps His Father's Legacy in Motion, While "Others" Try to Stop the Train

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Traditional African patterns ornament the ovalescent center while the figure is surrounded at top and bottom with the inherited African motifs of the nation he was born to -- but what is inside Mr. Mitchell is boundless without physical context to distinguish him from any other.

Gone With the Wind: Another Missed Economic Opportunity To Re-position History

Desiree Michael | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Desiree Michael

In 1965, Dr. King asked a crowd in Selma: How long? Obviously, the audience was lying when they retorted with him: Not long! Many years later, the arc of the moral universe is taking a bit too long to bend towards inclusiveness.

Rap Artists' Repeated Disrespect Of Black Icons Raises Concerns

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices

Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes ...

Living Legacies: The Children Of Iconic Black Leaders And Entertainers

Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices

During Black History Month, we often reflect on the achievements of black Civil Rights icons and activists. Although the month has come to a close, ea...

Minorities in STEM: Past, Present and Future

George M. Langford | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
George M. Langford

As the demographics in the United States evolve, we as educators must work to increase the number of minority students in these disciplines, disciplines where they remain under represented.

The Space Age, Race and a Quiet Revolution

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Mae Jemison

Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.

WATCH: Mae Jemison On Being More Than Just A First

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices

The first black woman in space, Dr. Mae Jemison, stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss what it means to be the first to accomplish a historic milestone,...

How Mississippi Burning Helped Get Justice for Slain Civil Rights Workers

Sir Alan Parker | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sir Alan Parker

Sometimes, a film can inspire others to seek and achieve justice 41 years later for those three, very young men who were murdered on that red-dirt road in Mississippi.

The Apollo Theater and Politics

Ted Fox | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Throughout its history, the theater was always available for special benefit shows, and the Apollo hosted dozens of them.

Mississippi Burning, Reconsidered

Chris Gerolmo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Gerolmo

In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?

Biden: 'I May Be A White Boy, But I Can Jump'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception honoring Black History Month at the Naval Observatory on Tuesd...

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.

WATCH: The Fight That Made Muhammad Ali A Champion

Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Fifty years ago today, on February 25th, 1964, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston becoming the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Although ...

Is Black History Month Still Necessary

USA Today | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- They were born long after the Jim Crow laws that officially divided American society were banished to history's dustbin. Their lives began ...

Michelle Obama Honors Cicely Tyson

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says African-American History Month is about "honoring those who came before us" and "resolving to do our part to l...

The World's Toughest Audience and Playing the Apollo

Ted Fox | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

The audience was the power that made or broke careers. But it was much more than that. It was the heart and soul of the African-American community, the embodiment of the spirit of Harlem -- the force that truly made the Apollo great.