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A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Child Abuse, Statutory Rape, Modern Day Slavery or Prostitution?

Monique Tinglin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Monique Tinglin

From the streets of New York City, to the villages of Kenya, children, particularly young girls, need protection from sexual predators. The time for action is now.

Is the World Ready for a Video Game About Slavery?

Turnstyle | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) Speaking about Miguel Oliveira's Thralled using the language of video games can be difficult. "Thralled is an int...

"A Subtlety"

Mona R. Washington | Posted 07.17.2014 | Arts
Mona R. Washington

Outside the venue, a very long line winds down and around several blocks. Art aficionados wait patiently in the sun. Inside, the exhibition visitors wander and wonder. THE MARVELOUS SUGAR BABY regally inhabits the space.

African American Museum To Be Built Where Slaves First Set Foot On U.S. Soil

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Oh Mercy Me, I Do Declare, I Have the Vapors

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Certainly one can rightly honor the bravery of fallen soldiers no matter whether they wore blue or grey. But honoring the man's bravery or military insights is not equivalent to honoring the cause for which he fought. The cause championed by the South should cover every American with shame.

White Gold, Black Slaves, Red Blood: Countless Years a Slave on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

White gold, they called it, the salt that made white men rich and black slaves wretched with a horrendous plight beyond all suffering in the salt pans...

California's Forgotten Civil War

Kevin Waite | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

The tragedy of slavery and the trauma of the Civil War have left legacies with which all Americans, from coast to coast and everywhere in between, continue to live.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.04.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Race is ever-present as we go about our lives, igniting emotions we usually succeed in politely suppressing, unless... oh, an African-American woman, say, wants to write a check for her groceries.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

There Is Still Time To See Belle, and You Should

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Based on true events, the movie tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle and it is an amazing one.

GOP Congressman Says Americans Are 'Slaves' To Sports And Porn

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

Americans are slaves to sports and pornography, a Michigan congressman recently said, equating elective entertainment with the horrific American insti...

Taking My Baby to Kara Walker's Sugar Baby

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Her latest work in Brooklyn is at the Domino sugar factory, a defunct warehouse that is set for demolition. Walker is taking this opportunity to make a statement about slavery, perceptions of black bodies, human exploitation, and the sugar-coating of history.

Shrimp Supply Tainted With Modern Slavery: Why Global Business Transparency Is Needed

Katie Shay | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Katie Shay

Americans love shrimp. In fact, we love it so much that we eat it more than any other seafood, and almost more than tuna and salmon combined. However, that love comes with a price -- and a steep one at that.

Amend the 13th Amendment

Rick McDaniel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Rick McDaniel

I was in a recent meeting when Prison Fellowship president Jim Liske quoted it. I couldn't believe it but then I read the 13th Amendment and there it was..

Slavery's Shadow: Reparations and the Cost to Build a Nation

Antonio Moore | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

In a piece recently written on Forbes.com entitled "If There Should Be Reparations For American Slavery The Amount Should Be Around About Nothing"...

The Chateau That Sugar Built: Seven Deadly Sins

Frank Browning | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Aside from the surreal garden walk at Chateau Chaumont this year, there are, as always, the dozens of acres of outdoor sculpture--not to mention the exposition of world famous painters and photographers inside the Castle that Sugar Built.

Cooking Art History: Sugar Baby

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Food
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Sugar. Talk of it is everywhere. It's one of the leading causes of obesity and diabetes in our country. It is an ingredient so common to us that it is difficult to imagine a world without it.

20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

Mary David | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania.

Kara Walker's Sphinx Is A Missed Opportunity

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 06.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

Many recognize Kara Walker's The Subtlety as a fascinating sphinx built in the image of a "Mammy" like caricature. The sphinx, which is made of sugar, is successful in that it's jarring.

Soul Murder

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We've barely begun to acknowledge, let alone heal, the profound brokenness of human culture. We're still lost in the Age of Exploration.

Does 'Tranny' Matter to a Slave?

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

While LGBT Internet activists and news sites cover the great "tranny" debate, news from Louisiana is that a trans woman was found on the side of the road last week after allegedly having been held in slavery for months.

America's Moral Debt To African Americans

Smithsonian.com | Posted 06.09.2014 | Black Voices

As a historian, I know slavery has left a deep scar on America. The reasons are many. I have found wisdom in the words of Cornelius Holmes, a former s...