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Political Plate Tectonics in the Civil Rights Era

Jarryd Willis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

A Morning Joe discussion with Kevin Williamson about his recent National Review piece on President Eisenhower and his moderate temperament (relative to today's GOP) ended with a disagreement he had with MSNBC's Steve Kornacki over when the South turned Red.

WATCH: Intern Brings Down The House With Amazing Speech

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

This intern at Teach For America Baltimore will have you believing in education as a force for change like never before. In an impassioned speech, ...

Trayvon Martin's Mother Releases Song

Posted 08.21.2013 | Black Voices

In an effort to send a message of hope to families who've lost loved ones due to "senseless gun violence", Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, co...

From Strange Fruit to Fruitvale Station

Jasmine Rand | Posted 10.19.2013 | Black Voices
Jasmine Rand

He gave His only Son for my soon-come son, In His name for his future's sake, I pray.

POLL: Which Beyonce Look Do You Like The Best?

Posted 08.16.2013 | Black Voices

We hate to say we told you so, but it turns out, Beyonce's pixie cut that everyone went crazy over was as short lived as we predicted. Mrs. Carter was...

To My Young Black Brothers in the Struggle

Quassan Castro | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Real men cry. Real men do not associate power with violence against women. Real men seek solutions to problems rather than make excuses. Real men read for critical consciousness throughout an entire lifetime. Real men study. Real men write.

Woman Who Created Rape Hoax Forced To Pay Damages

Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices

The nation was stunned in 1987 by an African-American teenager's accusation that she had been brutally gang raped by a group of white men, including a...

Asian Voices: Progressives, Are You Listening?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

Asian-Americans appear to be the only large (and growing) voting group whose interests align with the Democratic Party and yet they are rarely afforded the same share of the 'debate spotlight' as social issues relevant to women, LGBT, Black, Hispanic, religious minority, middle-income and low-income voters.

If Walls Could Talk: Tears From Birmingham Jail

Juliet Asante | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Juliet Asante

Martin Luther King trembles with tears in his eyes, heart heavy and pounding, blood rushing through veins that stand out on his forehead, lips go dry ...

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.

America's Illegitimate Sons and the Politics of Respectability

Kalia N. Baker | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kalia N. Baker

Watching disheartening and at times contradictory accounts of juror B37 on the same night Rachel Jeantel was afforded the opportunity to give America ...

Monster's University: Accepted

Ambre Anderson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Parents
Ambre Anderson

Adorable is the parody created from typical college life as we know it, to Monster University. Pixar films begins this prequel of Monsters Inc. on a school trip to the Scare Factory, where Michael Wazowski declares as a young monster that he wants to be a scarer!

It's 1984 All Over Again and I've Got a Doublespeak Headache

Paula Puryear Martin | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Paula Puryear Martin

Logic and facts have gone out the window, replaced by a rhetoric that's no less persuasive in the public square for making absolutely no sense.

Paula Deen, the N-word, and Sh*t Black Folks Can't Say

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

I realize that it is disturbing to think that there might be one privilege that black people have that white people do not. Therefore, I am going to set the record straight.

LOOK: Wedding Dress Inspiration From The BET Awards

Posted 07.01.2013 | Weddings

White was the color of the night at Sunday's BET Awards! We rounded up the white-hot red carpet looks that offer the best inspiration for your own ...

Paula Deen Is Not a Racist

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 08.26.2013 | Celebrity
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

We cannot right the wrongs that mare our past. Persecuting Paula Deen for racism in this country is not going to fix the hundreds of years of intolerance toward any specific group of people.

Is the Natural Hair Journey the Old Road to 'Good Hair'?

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

The growing number of white women who are choosing to cultivate their curls instead of straightening them are not referred to as a movement in the way that black women's shift to natural hair is.

WATCH: 'My Own People Don't See Any Beauty In Me At All'

OWN | Posted 06.18.2013 | OWN

The fascinating and controversial documentary "Dark Girls" explores the prejudices that black women face throughout the world, as told through their p...

Arne Duncan Headlines Launch of New UNCF Better Futures Campaign

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Marcus Bright

The need for an expansion of private funding for higher education has increased in importance in an environment dominated by budget cuts to education at the federal, state, and local levels nationwide.

Segregated Education in Desegregated Schools: Why We Should Eliminate "Tracking" With "Gifted and Talented" for All

Alan A. Aja | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Alan A. Aja

While more students generally attend racially and economically diverse schools, it is no secret that our schools are anything but unitary.

Trayvon Martin Is Still 'Our Son,' But What About Our Daughters?

j.n. salters | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While Trayvon's murder sparked much discussion about racism in our country, it should also call attention to sexism, particularly as it intersects with racism to distinctively affect the lives of African-American women.

'It's (Just) the Way That I Love You': Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships (Part 2)

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Can an abuser really control his or her behavior? Without a doubt! Actually, they do it all the time. But before going further, let's recap what IPV/A is all about.

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

President Obama and the New Talented Tenth

Theodore Johnson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Certainly, the name "Talented Tenth" carries baggage that may be insurmountable. It is rather difficult to redefine an infamous concept that has existed for nearly 120 years.

Car Stereotypes in LA: Part II

Marlon Regis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Comedy
Marlon Regis

Your tastes, your habits, your wants and needs all personify your vehicle, or is it the other way around? We know who you are regardless, without even seeing that face behind the wheel.