Why Does Racism Persist?


If anyone took the demise of Jim Crow and the election of a black president to mean that racism was dead, reports of the Justice Department on Ferguson andPhiladelphia are sobering reminders that racism lives. Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, ...

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I Wasn’t Prepared for the Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black


By Zeba Blay I try to remind myself that no one ever said online dating would be a wholly pleasant experience. There is an inherent awkwardness that comes with entering the world of swipes and algorithms, and it’s simply unavoidable. I grew up and into an era during which the Internet has basically informed much of my identity and sparked ...

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Paying College Athletes: Take Two

Duke v Utah

Last week an article ran in the Huffington Post that cited several economists, all affirming that big-time football and basketball colleges had more than enough money in their athletics departments to pay student athletes. Mistakenly, I was lumped in with that group. I write this piece in an attempt to clarify what I believe is a complicated, yet important, issue. ...

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Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart As The New ‘Daily Show’ Host

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“The Daily Show” finally has its new host: Trevor Noah. Noah, a South African comedian and one of the newest “Daily Show” correspondents, was mentioned Friday as the front-runner to replace Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Noah would officially take over hosting. Since Stewart announced in February that he’d be ...

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Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

Levi Pettit, Anastasia Pittman, J.A. Reed

It’s a ritual so familiar that it’s become a cliché: A white person says or does something racially offensive, the incident gets broadcast by national media to a firestorm of outrage, and the offender is forced to read a stilted, lawyer-written apology at a news conference, and pledges to perform some act of contrition, like hugging a black child or ...

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Nevada GOP Moves To Limit Early Voting On Sundays, Weeknight Evenings

James Settelmeyer, Patricia Farley, Kelvin Atkinson

A Nevada state Senate committee has introduced legislation that would eliminate early voting on Sundays and restrict counties’ abilities to set their own voting hours, in the latest move to reshape how elections are held in the state. Senate Bill 433 was introduced on Monday by the Nevada Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. Under the terms of the ...

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Does Ballet Have a Color?


Panel after panel convenes to ask why there are not more dancers of color in ballet. My heart sinks every time. Where is Dance Theatre of Harlem in this conversation? It is so odd to feel like an outsider on an issue that touched my life so profoundly and was at least a part of what Arthur Mitchell set out ...

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Cookie Lyon of Fox’s ‘Empire’ Sheds Rare Light on Black Women’s Incarceration and Reentry


Lee Daniels’s blockbuster Empire, an over-the-top soap opera featuring a prominent African American family in the rap world, has tackled a variety of subjects that most mainstream black shows fear to tread — such as homophobia and psychiatric illness. Yet Cookie Lyon, the mother and ex-wife of the record label’s founder, sheds a rare light on black female incarceration and ...

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Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women’s Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory


SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) – Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their “sisterlocks.” Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist based in Sacramento, said she was on her way to London last year for ...

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Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives


Three months ago, an article I wrote titled “An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation,” was posted to HuffPost Religion. The letter was signed by Black clergy representing a wide diversity of denominations and perspectives. We stood together calling on faith leaders of all races to commit to the work of not only ...

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