Guest Blogger
Guest Blogger
Each month we ask bloggers, activists, and others to write guest posts on issues they are passionate about.
Recent Posts
November 23rd, 2009

While the introduction of three new voices to talk TV–all African-American and all women–is historically significant, what is equally relevant is the relative ease with which they’ve been acknowledged and accepted by viewers across the demographic spectrum. Whether it is the shoot-from-the-hip style of Mo’Nique, the bawdy comedy of Wanda Sykes (pictured below), or the [...]

November 12th, 2009

Each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation that sets aside November as National Adoption Month. In addition to the presidential proclamation, many state governors also issue proclamations, in an effort to raise awareness of the need for loving and permanent homes for children in their states. National Adoption Month, which was [...]

November 6th, 2009

This post was first published at VeniceforChange.com. I have a tiny, 750 square-foot house. But I’ve somehow made room for one of those enormous Obama “Hope” posters. You know the one. You’ve seen it a million times. This one sits framed in my kitchen. On it are the signatures of many of the volunteers I [...]

October 29th, 2009

I have been taking some college classes recently, with students just out of high school. It is exciting to get to know these young men and women and hear about their goals, their dreams and their strategies for the future. When I tell a woman in her twenties that I had breast cancer, I see [...]

October 23rd, 2009

I remember summer vacations with my family–my sister and I in the back of our parents’ station wagon. We traveled from Washington, DC as far and as wide as Canada, Mexico and many states in between. But I never left the continent until I was an undergraduate and joined a group of African American students [...]

October 14th, 2009

It was an unseasonably hot day in Washington D.C. when tens of thousands of activists marched to the capitol Sunday demanding federal rights for gay and lesbian Americans. Supporters walked two miles past the White House, decked out in rainbow flags, rainbow tights, rainbow scarves. There was even a giant rainbow flag stretched on the [...]

October 5th, 2009

The passage of Proposition 8 in California led to a dramatically increased awareness of homophobia around the country as well as the launch of a new generation of activists. What I didn’t realize until recently, though, is that Prop. 8 was also a unique catalyst in battling racism and faith-phobia. Following the LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer) community’s [...]

September 22nd, 2009

This excerpt is from a post first published at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Powell is blogging while in South Africa. GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Here in South Africa, the downfall of apartheid, the first multi-racial election in 1993 and the victory at the ballot box of the formerly outlawed African National Congress remains [...]

September 11th, 2009

Over the Labor Day weekend, Van Jones, a member of the hip-hop generation and special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council for Environmental Quality, tendered his resignation, and it was accepted by the Obama administration. I will be the first to say that I never found Van Jones to be a radical, [...]

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