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John Mayer's Longing For Blackness Is a "Very" Wide-Open Window Into U.S. Race Relations

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mikhail Lyubansky

For most of us, the "pass" is obviously not anything tangible that one could, you know, keep on hand in case of a heated inter-racial exchange, but for Mayer it actually signified "group" endorsement.

Obama's Universal Approach Leaves Many Excluded

John A. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John A. Powell

There is a misplaced assumption that because African-Americans are more likely to be unemployed or poor, the policies designed to create jobs will benefit them evenly or in proportion to their disadvantage.

Burn Hollywood Burn!

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Avis Jones-DeWeever

Compelling as they are, Precious and other films of that ilk are not the only images of Black mothering that should be given the green-light for production.

Blackface, Eh?: Canada's Racialist Vernacular

Adebe DeRango-Adem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adebe DeRango-Adem

White people painting themselves "Black" for entertainment or shock value actively erases its minstrel roots. Canada's racist history has been buried by making blackface revivals possible.

Indian Country & Health Care Reform

Mark Trahant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Trahant

Would it make sense for an American Indian or Alaskan Native entrepreneur to buy health insurance for her workers? There would be no requirement. The individual member would still be eligible for Indian Health Service.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs: Technology Sister Insider

Duchess Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Duchess Harris

I can't think of anything more important for Black women in 2010, than to focus on Audre Lorde's mantra: "We can learn to mother ourselves." This, in and of itself, is a revolutionary idea

Telling the Story of History

Richard Albert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Albert

Years from now, when history strokes its pen to tell the story of the 2008 presidential election, how will it capture in words a moment whose full meaning can be conveyed only with emotion?

A New Lesson from the Old "Tuskegee" Study

Susan Reverby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Reverby

Nearly forty years after the study ended, the name "Tuskegee" still evokes fears of the dangers of government involvement in medical care.

Beyond Health Care Reform: Write a Check for Indian Health

Mark Trahant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Trahant

It's frustrating to watch the politicians who are quick to point out the weaknesses of the Indian Health Service even though they have never proposed adequate funding or the dreaded idea of rationing.

Forgotten Truths About the Rawness of Survival

Mia Charlene White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mia Charlene White

I can't accept that Precious will accelerate the stereotyping of Black women, of big women, of young women of color, of single moms, of urban places. Doesn't every movie reinforce some stereotype?

Disney's First Black Fairy Tale: More Frog than Princess

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sophia A. Nelson

I thought Disney's Princess and the Frog was the worst fairy tale I have ever seen in my life. I walked away disturbed and frankly dismayed as a modern 21st century black woman.

Implementing CERD: A Call for Immediate Activist Input

Caitlin Watt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caitlin Watt

Advocates and activists should take this opportunity to make their voices heard on the pressing need to implement CERD's mandate to eliminate all forms of discrimination at this crucial turning point in American history.

White Man's Burden Redux: The Movie!

Mike Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Barber

Since more whites than non-whites are shown throughout our pop culture as the people effecting change, the lesson inferred is that these individual cases we see in movies and on TV are the rule, when they're really the exception.

Let's Talk About Race, Baby!

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Baratunde Thurston and I appeared on MSNBC together to talk about the infamous chimp cartoon. Since then, we have been having the national conversation about race that Eric Holder wanted us to.