Guest Blogger
Guest Blogger
Each month we ask bloggers, activists, and others to write guest posts on issues they are passionate about.
Recent Posts
February 15th, 2011

“Until the lions have their own historians,” begins an African proverb, “the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s worth noting that the African American experience has often been chronicled by whites. Do such accounts, in effect, glorify the hunter at the lions’ expense? And if [...]

February 4th, 2011

It was two years ago at a Black History Month celebration that Attorney General Eric Holder observed that we live in a “nation of cowards” unwilling to have an honest conversation about race. Holder’s remarks sparked a firestorm of criticism from conservatives who felt his comments painted America in a negative light. But was Holder [...]

December 2nd, 2010

The first time that I went to a taping of Tavis Smiley was after getting back from lunch with my WNET team, and I saw Nas. As I glanced behind me, here was the “Illmatic” — as Tavis would greet him later — nonchalantly talking on the phone, without sunglasses. This was my cue to [...]

October 4th, 2010

“America is hemorrhaging talent. We can no longer waste the skills and dreams of countless young men and boys of color.” That truth was echoed throughout a two-day national town hall in Los Angeles to address the health disparities facing boys and young men of color across California and the nation. Researchers and community leaders [...]

September 30th, 2010

I didn’t expect to get this disease. Although my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her thirties, I felt that I had mitigated my risk by following the general guidelines for risk reduction. Babies before thirty, check. Breastfeeding, check. Organic food, check. But it happened, and at the age of 31, with my two [...]

September 13th, 2010

Have you ever heard a question that caught you off guard? Really made you pause? A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month. The first question: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against [...]

August 26th, 2010

It looks like the end of the beginning of the Gulf oil disaster is at hand. The well has been “killed,” and new oil no longer flows into the water and onto our shores. But this catastrophe is far from over. Entire communities have been deprived of reliable sources of income and production and distribution systems [...]

July 29th, 2010

My earliest memories of even thinking I might be depressed were met with warnings by my mother that if I ever dare seek professional help for depression, even as a kid, my employers would one day find out and fire me. It did bother me that being depressed-but-employed versus happy-and-unemployed was the better of the [...]

July 27th, 2010

In my previous guest blog post for this site I described a hidden burden of poverty and illness resulting from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world’s poorest countries. In addition to representing the most common infections of the “bottom billion” — people who live on less than $1.25 per day — I revealed that [...]

July 19th, 2010

After five years of clawing, fighting and working to rebuild our lives, much work still needs to be done to bring back the city that I call home. I wish that I could say that life in the Big Easy is getting easier, but for many of us, it isn’t. I have spent the last [...]

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