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Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone and the painful history of blackface

In many ways the casting of Zoe Saldana as the singer and activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic stings more for people of color than the recent announcement that white actor Joseph Fiennes was selected to play Michael Jackson.

Diversity among doctors drives trust in health care

Black History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on the countless examples of the contributions that African-Americans have made to build our country.

Are female emojis sexist and harmful to girls?

My girls will think it's more than a little bit ironic that I am writing a story about emojis, those characters you find throughout texts and social media, since they believe I'm the last person on the planet to download ...

Blackonomics: The silly season is upon us

The “Silly Season,” as many call it, is well under way; and Black people are up to our necks in it.

ASK ALMA: I hate my husband’s best friend

I hate my husband’s best friend. They are total opposites and I just don’t get it.

LETTER: The Amber Rose Bill

My birth daughter, Amber Marie Rose, was killed when a dysfunctional ignition switch in her General Motors (GM) vehicle caused her car's engine and electrical system to shut down and disable its air bags.

The Ben Carson I knew is gone

I'm not angry about Dr. Ben Carson's latest comments about President Barack Obama for one reason only; they've instead pushed me into a state of mourning as I watch the continued diminishment of a man who had long been a ...

Blackonomics: Hillary and Bernie discover and re-discover black people

One thing is for sure; Black folks are enjoying this latest political mating dance with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders is discovering Black people in South Carolina and Georgia, and Clinton has reopened the “leading Blacks” vault to rediscover ...

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

Time is one of those magical dimensions of the human experience. At certain instances it seems like there is not enough of it. And at others, it seems like the moment lasts forever.

ASK ALMA: High school reunion baby bombshell

Dear Alma, I hope I can explain this right, because I really need your help.

Does any presidential candidate “deserve” the black vote?

Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of The New Jim Crow, writes in The Nation – that Hillary Clinton does not “deserve” the Black vote. She makes a strong case. She reminds us that the Bill Clinton administration yielded a draconian ...

Will Trump ad fool black voters?

Jamiel Shaw, Sr. is supporting Donald Trump for president.

Don’t get too excited when Trump attacks George W. Bush over Iraq

Something weird happened on February 13, 2016, at the Republican debate in South Carolina. Donald Trump went after Jeb Bush over the record of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

Why do politicians treat addiction differently in the suburbs?

Nick Cocchi would like to be the sheriff of Hampden County, an Eastern Massachusetts county of half a million people. Springfield, Massachusetts, a city that is about 22 percent African American, is the county seat. Eastern Massachusetts (and indeed, much ...

Opening your heart for Valentine’s Day

In the United States, St. Valentine's Day is celebrated widely with candy, flowers and private expressions of affection. I proposed to my wife on Valentine's Day and my kindergartner daughter, who was born on its eve, observes it with heartfelt ...