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Its Vital that African Americans Insist President Obama to Address the Needs of the Black Community

By john a. powell, Paul Hudson, Eva Paterson, and Roger A. Clay, Jr., Although we acknowledge the deep support President Obama received from many groups and from the American people generally, African-Americans were a critical constituency both nationally and in battleground states such as Ohio, where African-American turnout increased from 2008 and whose vote share was greater than its […]

by HUE, LLC Calling all foreign policy wonks! HUE, a progressive consultancy committed to amplifying the voices, opinions, and experiences of people of color, invites you to take to Twitter and livetweet the next Presidential Debate with us October 22 at 9pm EST/8pm CST/6pm PST using the #HUEDebate hashtag. On Monday, October 22, 2012, President Barack Obama and Governor […]

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Do Black People Matter?

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By Chanda Causer, former community organizer, Over the past few months I have been asking myself, “Do Black people matter?”  On the surface the answer is obviously yes; I couldn’t imagine how dull the entertainment industry would be without the presence of African Americans.  From rhythmic dance tunes to fancy footwork on the ball field, to […]

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963 US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 – 1968) “Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime […]

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Black America and Obama: The cost of silence

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  Since the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, numerous constituencies have experienced some measure of social uplift as they have exercised their political strength in compelling the administration to advance their interests. This reality prevails, as the Hispanic community, ever politically cognizant of Obama’s campaign promises ensuring […]

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The personal motivations of those who make them are the most interesting things about racist choices. Because I am African American and blog at Psychology Today a friend wrote to tell me about another blogger, Satoshi Kanazawa.  Kanazawa, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, recently published an answer to his own question: “Why […]

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By Dick Price, originally published on LA Progressive, “More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” Michelle Alexander told a standing room only house at the Pasadena Main Library this past Wednesday, the first of many jarring points she made in […]

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Claiming our power in the fight against AIDS

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  I sat before the room dumbfounded.   Surrounding me were brilliant, beautiful, driven, and successful young women.  Each high achievers in their own right.  Each on the verge of certain success.  Yet, these young women who had originally come to my office to discuss transversing that critical, but sometimes scary path of transitioning from undergraduate […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr., a doer, not a dreamer

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An esssay on the life of a remarkable leader. Phoenix, Arizona. January 16, 2011 – The creation of a national holiday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., gives us an idea of the proportion of the historical importance and the achievements of this man, who has come to be a transcendent symbol […]

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Why I don’t want to go back

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By Meridith E. Rode, Ph.D., University of District of Columbia, When I hear the cries for “going back to the real America” or “taking the country back” I wonder where back is and how far away it is from now. I fear “back” is white reveries of a mythical past which was in reality racist […]

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