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Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.03.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 06.20.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Are Latinos Really Turning White?

Manuel Pastor | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Manuel Pastor

Writing for The New York Times, Nate Cohn recently reported that more Hispanics are identifying as white. That's interesting (and colorful), to be sure. But as I often tell my data staff, when you discover a surprising fact, you could be on to something -- but you could also just be wrong.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

Glen Browder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Racism has proven to be a continuing and confounding reality in the story of America. Efforts such as this study help us realize that there is still much to learn and "fix" in American democracy.

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Mixed Race Couples & Children | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact
Jimmy Nguyen

In 2012, a Pew Research Center study reported that 15 percent of all new marriages in the U.S. (in 2010) are interracial; there are now 4.8 million interracial marriages in the U.S., accounting for 1 in 12 marriages.

Striking Photos Challenge The Way We See Blackness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.13.2014 | Black Voices

Who is Black? What is Blackness? In a country where the face of the future is becoming ever more ethnically ambiguous, Blackness must be recognize...

Elegba Folklore Society -- Race, Place & Identity Collaboration

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

Elegba Folklore Society is one of eight Richmond, Virginia art and cultural organizations taking part in a collaboration involving their respective ex...

(WATCH): I Didn't Know I Was Biracial

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As a child, Rebekah Borucki questioned why she didn't look quite like the rest of her white family. But it wasn't until she was an adult that she lear...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Catching Up with Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Jimmy Nguyen

In this interview, Brook reveals highlights and life lessons from her year as Miss Universe. She also re-enacts her famous answer to the final question which helped win her the crown.

Please Stop Asking Me Where 'I'm Really From'

Basundhara Mukherjee | Posted 12.21.2013 | Teen
Basundhara Mukherjee

I am an Indian-American. The hyphen represents the fulcrum balancing two rich cultures and societies, both of which equally constitute my identity. I should not, and will never, choose one side over the other.

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

"I Love My Culture and My People"

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Loving my fellow Americans doesn't mean I feel negatively toward people from other countries, and it doesn't mean I think America is perfect. I'm fully aware of this country's strengths and its flaws.

The Whitewashing of Bobby Jindal

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Rajiv Malhotra

Neglecting people of color was a big reason for losing elections, he claimed, implicitly positioning himself as the solution. But does Jindal truly speak for any community of color, or is this just another round of creative political opportunism?

My 'Washington Heights' Dilemma

Francina Morel | Posted 03.11.2013 | Latino Voices
Francina Morel

Tonight, MTV is launching the show Washington Heights. The series will profile a group of friends who live in the uptown section of Manhattan known as "The Heights". After watching the trailer, I felt especially skeptical and curious as to what can of worms this show might open up.

Black (Or Not) Like Me: Thoughts on CNN's Black in America 5

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 02.09.2013 | Entertainment
Smokey Fontaine

Progress has been made. Scores of light-skinned African-Americans have bucked stereotype and shown themselves to be culturally authentic. But Black In America reminds me that we still have work to do.

WATCH: Soledad O'Brien Asks 'Who Is Black In America?' In New CNN Series

Posted 12.07.2012 | Black Voices

One million times and counting. That's how often CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien says members of the black community have likely discussed the issue of "...

'Good' and 'Evil' Whites? The Shared Meanings of Race

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 11.20.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

If we stop looking for the "racist" or "antiracist" intent within people and instead within the shared, patterned, and common ways that people interact, we can move beyond the common and often misleading ways of dividing the world into simplistic dichotomies of good and bad.

Naming the Shame That Can Cripple

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

Guilt is external; you can fix it. To have shame is to think, "I am damaged."

Why I'm Still Swooning Over Obama Four Years Later: As a Bi-Racial

Cathy Erway | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Cathy Erway

Being mixed can be a weird, terrifying, and unorthodox spotlight to stand behind, but quite frankly, I wouldn't feel comfortable standing on any other stage. And that's a feeling that I believe our president shares.

Another Latina Nerd Tells Her Story (With a Twist)

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 08.19.2012 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

In middle school, one girl, who I considered my enemy at the time, made fun of the way I spoke. She used to say, "You look black and you say you're Hispanic, but you talk like a white person!"

A Troubled Experiment's Forgotten Lesson in Racial Integration

Carina Ray | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Carina Ray

The year 2012 marks the fortieth anniversary of my Puerto Rican mother and Irish-Italian father's unusual wedding. They met and married in an experimental community called Synanon, where I was born.

'African American'? 'Black'? How To Identify Is Often A Touchy Question

AP | By JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 04.06.2012 | Black Voices

-- The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House. Today, many are re...

Many Resist Race Labels In U.S. Census

AP | By HOPE YEN | Posted 04.01.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- When the 2010 census asked people to classify themselves by race, more than 21.7 million – at least 1 in 14 – went beyond th...

Is Beauty Black or White?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 01.03.2012 | Black Voices
Daniel Weeks

Walking through Shoprite the other day, a Wal-Mart-wannabe down the road from where my wife and I live in Cape Town, South Africa, I couldn't help but notice something peculiar in one of the aisles.