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Leaders vs. Israeli & Palestinian People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Well, what if world political "leaders" continue to engage in the politics of fear, who demonize the "other," who call for and enact war on their so-called "enemies"? And what if nobody came?

Who Said It? Blink-182, Sum 41, or Malcolm X?

John K. Herr | Posted 07.21.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

It's time for America's favorite Internet game, Who Said It? Who said it -- Blink-182, Sum 41, or Malcolm X?

Maya Angelou: The Power of an Evolving Brand

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 06.05.2014 | Women
Tamara Jacobs

The recent passing of the iconic author and poet, Maya Angelou, closed the chapter on one of the most enduring and prolific personal brands America ha...

Spite Your Face: Zoe As Nina

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

I like Zoe as an actress and as a person that I don't know. I admire her hutzpah as she defends her right to embody Ms. Simone. However, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

America's Racial Carnival: Where Have You Gone Jimmy? (and Malcolm Too!)

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Saladin Ambar

We are in a fun-house mirror period with respect to race. It has been a sobering reminder of the persistence of not only racism, but of those in power who massage its ailing limbs.

A People's History of Muslims in the United States

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Students need these stories of Muslims throughout U.S. history in order to talk back to the dominant media stereotypes of Muslims as lying, violent, brown foreigners. If we gave students some historical examples, they would realize that the history of Muslims in the United States is not limited to 9/11.

7 Women Who Helped Take Their Men To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices

The late great Jackie Robinson once wisely wrote, “It’s an old saying -- but a true one -- that behind every successful man there is usually a wom...

Malcolm X and Nicki Minaj Got Nothing in Common: Offended By All Means

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

This album cover got me really questioning whether I should even think about supporting music that comes out of an industry that totally disregards my heritage and continues to use demeaning an misogynistic lyrics and now Photoshopped depictions of African American heroes.

When Money And History Collide: The Ongoing Feud Over Civil Rights Legacies

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 02.16.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painf...

Nicki Minaj Under Fire For 'Tasteless' Actions

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm X's family and estate said Nicki Minaj's use of a famous photo of the black nationalist with a rifle in his hands and juxtap...

Nicki Minaj Apologizes For Using Malcolm X Image

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices

Nicki Minaj has apologized for using an image of Malcolm X for the cover art of her controversial new single, "Lookin A** N****." Minaj released t...

Students Barred From Writing About 'Bad' Malcolm X

Posted 02.12.2014 | Black Voices

Teachers at a Queens elementary school forbid students from writing about Malcolm X for Black History Month, The New York Daily News reports. Four...

LOOK: Then-And-Now Photos Bring Iconic Black History Moments Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

Every day, we walk in the very places where history was made years ago. Sometimes that location is marked by a plaque or a statue, but other times we ...

The FBI COINTELPRO Program and the Fred Hampton Assassination

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.02.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

On December 4th it will be 44 years since a select unit of 14 Chicago Police officers executed a pre-dawn raid on a west side apartment that left Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark dead.

Movie Review: Oldboy

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been a fan of Spike Lee -- if not of all of his movies -- for 25 years. And I've found that, more often than not, he's at his best when he's directing someone else's material -- or someone else's story. It's absolutely true of Oldboy.

This Is Why We Won't Be Reading Malcolm X's Diary Any Time Soon

AP | Posted 12.03.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has extended her ban on sales of a book containing Malcolm X's diaries until a challenge can be heard next year. F...

Assassinations, Anniversaries, and the New America Now

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

Anniversaries are often that occasion when a spark of hope for the future is renewed in the hearts of individuals, a community, or a nation. People, whose lives have been touched near and far, pay their momentary tribute and respect.

I Adopted a Black Kid and I'm Not Black -- So?

Matthew Bailey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Four months ago, after three long-ass years of waiting, I adopted a nice little half-black, half-Polish boy called Cameron. Despite the near-constant ...

Discriminating Taste: Rhapsody in Black Puts Audiences on the Path to Transcending Racism

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. You will find truth and triumph in Rhapsody in Black.

Siegel's The Trials of Muhammad Ali Is Simply Brilliant

Rick Ayers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

Not only does Siegel capture Ali's state of mind then and his reflections now, but he captures an astounding range of interviews with principle participants and brilliant raconteurs.

The Kinder Chronicles, Part I

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

Two schools, two ideologies, a relatively common mission co-locating within the same building. Co-locating, co-existing, though not cooperating. Not even throwing their lunch trash in the same bins within the same room. One entity will certainly survive with its identity intact.

Muhammad Ali: Trials of a Hero

Marlon Regis | Posted 11.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

As you thought there couldn't be any more footage of live clips, scenes, photo exhibits, other artistic reinterpretations or the highly bestowed awards of honor related to Muhammad Ali, here comes a powerful new documentary titled, The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

Open Letter to Nixon Foundation: Ann Coulter Is No Richard Nixon

Kamran Pasha | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Kamran Pasha

It is because I sincerely admire President Nixon that I am writing to express my regret that the Nixon Library will host Ann Coulter as an honored guest, as I do not believe she represents the values of the 37th president. Nixon was a centrist and a statesman.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

Is Crowdfunding Changing the Game for Filmmakers? A Q&A With Spike Lee

Joe Vogel | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Joe Vogel

Spike Lee made headlines in late July when he announced that he would be raising money for his latest film through popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.