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Selfies allow black women to say we are here, and we are beautiful

By Syreeta McFadden When others recognize you being present in a world of wonder, you feel the joy of existence. That’s why we take selfies. They are pixelated bits of confection to remind us that we are all interconnected, no … Continue reading

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A template for the Future

After a summer of driving 4 hours from my home in suburban Kansas City, MO to Ferguson, MO shouting “Black Lives Matter!”, a summer and fall of watching in utter disgust and disappointment of Grand Jury decisions of no indictments … Continue reading

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This mother who left her baby on the subway is not some Bad Black Mom. She’s part of a mental-health stigma

By Kirsten West Savali When 20-year-old Frankea Dabbs abandoned her 10-month-old baby girl on a New York City subway platform on 7 July, it was a piercing cry for help that has long echoed throughout homes, neighborhoods and cities across … Continue reading

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Who Is Really Paying the Price of Fighting in South Sudan?

By Luol Deng When South Sudan gained independence three years ago it was probably one of the happiest days of my life. Africa’s youngest nation – my home – was full of optimism and hope. I was there in Freedom … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

#104209228 / gettyimages.com By Marc H. Morial “The purpose of the law is simple…those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, … Continue reading

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Why did the ‘poor Mercedes lady’ evoke such a passionate response?

By Soraya Nadia McDonald By now, you’ve seen it, or heard about it, or at least scrolled past the link on Facebook. The first-person account in The Washington Post of Darlena Cunha, the mom who drove her husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor … Continue reading

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There Are No Two Greater Heroes Than Trayvon Martin’s Parents!

By Michael Skolnik I remember growing up and always hearing my parents and their friends talk about one pivotal moment in their lives. They remembered exactly where they were at that point. Exactly who told them the news. Exactly how … Continue reading

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Do Most Christians Even Know the 10 Commandments?

By Valerie Tarico The American Bible Society funds an annual “State of the Bible” survey, and this spring the Christian Post cheered some of their findings: “The Bible continues to dominate both mind space and book retail space as America’s … Continue reading

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50 Years After Freedom Summer, America Needs a Revived Movement for Racial Justice

The Editors On the last Tuesday in June, six-term Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran narrowly won a hard-fought Republican run-off election against his virulently anti-government Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel. The reason, the pundits quickly concluded, was an unprecedented surge in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Is a Good Man for All Religions

By Kirk Douglas I am a Jew who loves the Pope. I have always said, “don’t be too religious.” However, Pope Francis is a good man for all religions. He is a humble person who identifies with the poor. Those … Continue reading

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