Ben Carson charges Democrats with taking advantage of blacks, ‘trying to keep them suppressed and cultivate their votes’

Dr. Ben Carson grabbed the Democratic Party’s third rail with both hands Thursday morning, launching a political attack based on his complaint that liberals are ‘making people dependent’ in majority-black American inner-cities. Race politics have been the near-exclusive domain of the Democrats since the civil-rights era of the 1960s, and Barack Obama’s successful White House […]

CBCF Honors Reps. Conyers and Rangel and Toyota at Black History Month Celebration

On February 24, 2015, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) honored Reps. John Conyers, Jr. and Charles Rangel and Toyota Corporation during its sixth annual Avoice Heritage Celebration at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. The Avoice Heritage Celebration is the foundation’s official Black History Month observance, which helps to support the Avoice virtual library. […]

Black Youth Leading the Way in This Modern Day Movement

Imagine being a young teenager and deciding to participate in a serious march that you hoped would shed light on the injustices facing Black people in this country, as well as change the unjust laws that were in place allowing those injustices to be perpetuated without consequence. That is what our current generation – the […]

Hollywood Needs a Black Superhero Fit for the Ferguson Era

In January, Alijah Villian’s digital art project “Black Superheroes Reimagined” returned, in classic superhero fashion, for a second installment. The concept is straightforward: Villian photoshops black actors into posters for superhero films starring white actors. Will Smith is the Man of Steel. Idris Elba replaces Daniel Craig as 007. And Sanaa Latham, not Scarlett Johansson, […]

In Voodoo’s survival, a tale of black resilience

Not looking like a stock version of a Haitian Vodou priestess, or mambo, has its challenges for Mache Cheche Lavi. One customer at Voodoo Authentica, where she sells handmade Voodoo dolls and copyrighted gris-gris sachets that draw good energy, didn’t realize the 26-year-old white woman — who today wears a Wu-Tang Clan thermal and skinny […]

Building the First Slavery Museum in America

Louisiana’s River Road runs northwest from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, its two lanes snaking some 100 miles along the Mississippi and through a contradictory stretch of America. Flat and fertile, with oaks webbed in Spanish moss, the landscape stands in defiance of the numerous oil refineries and petrochemical plants that threaten its natural splendor. […]

Whites have a role in the plight of black families

The breakdown of the black family is a sensitive topic, though it’s not new and it’s not in dispute. President Barack Obama, who grew up with an absent father, often urges black men to be responsible parents. Nor is there any doubt that African-American children would be better off living with their married parents. Kids […]

Racism affects black girls as much as boys. So why are girls being ignored?

Earlier this month, the African American Policy Forum released a report on the treatment of black girls in schools. According to their research, black girls are suspended six times more than their white peers (while black boys are only suspended three times more than white males), and disproportionately suffer under excessive disciplinary measures in schools. […]