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The Most Important Job Nobody Wants: The 3 People Who Could Be Trump's Veep Pick

If the nominee is considered too liberal or too conservative for the party base, he or she picks a balancer to put voters at ease.

News Outlets Agree That Obama's Pick for Supreme Court Justice Should Be Considered Accordingly

(blog) (blog)Merrick Garland is about the least noxious liberal nominee you can imagine, from a conservative perspective. He's thoughtful, patient, noncombative, and his opinions...

CNN Contradicts Ted Cruz's Campaign, Says Network Never Said Ben Carson Was Dropping Out

(blog) (blog)Tuesday night, one of the whitest and most conservative states in the country — Iowa — gave 60% of the Republican vote to...

CNN Contradicts Ted Cruz's Campaign, Says Network Never Said Ben Carson Was Dropping Out

(blog) (blog)Tuesday night, one of the whitest and most conservative states in the country — Iowa — gave 60% of the Republican vote to...

Want to Make Hollywood Pay Attention to Diversity? Boycott the Box Office, Not the Oscars

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are planning to boycott this year's Oscars ceremony because of the lack of diversity among this year's nominees. ....

Holiday Nonfiction Offerings: Journalists Follow Their Passions

(blog) (blog)In the United States these included global corporations with business operations in South Africa, conservative religious organisations, and an unlikely coalition of liberal...

Hillary Clinton: Better for Black People Than Obama?

After the debate, Obama responded that hope inspired John F. Kennedy to put a man on the moon and allowed King to imagine the demise...

Ala. to Close 31 Satellite DMV Offices in Counties Where 75 Percent of Voters ...

@Carmichael Mackenzie Uh Mr. Mackenzie blacks folks dont really understand mentally the political pro-cess and can not pro-cess what and how to counteract a logical...

How Long Ago Did African Ancestry Enter My Family Tree?

In the case of you and your brother, both of you have almost entirely Northern European ancestry with just that tiny bit of West African,...

It's Time Again for 'the Blackest White People We Know'

Certainly more than pop-tart singers Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson, with whom she was often compared. Aguilera received her official black card when...

It's Time Again For 'The Blackest White People We Know'

Certainly more than pop-tart singers Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson, with whom she was often compared. Aguilera received her official black card when...

For Black Scholars at PWIs, Speaking Truth to Power on Social Media Can Be ...

She has continued to face vicious backlash for her statement, mostly from white Twitter users directed to her page by various conservative news organizations, and...

How Senate Republicans' Stalling on Loretta Lynch Paves the Way for Hillary ...

Rich Lowry, the famed and well-respected conservative editor of National Review, shared the sentiments of many conservatives in an editorial he penned, stating, “As all...

How Africans Could Determine the Fate of Scottish Independence

For other Afro-Scots, including those seeking political asylum from African war zones, a yes vote is seen as a break from the restrictive immigration policies...

Did the Power of the Printed Word Truly Liberate Africa?

David d'Angers' image of the rapturous reception of the printed word by native Africans projects a privileged sense of mission whose goal was to bring...

Before Holder Could Be Attorney General Holder, Obama Had To Be President ...

Both his timely op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outlining the steps that his Justice Department is taking to investigate Brown's shooting, and his trip...

After Michael Brown's Killing, Echoes of the '65 Watts Rebellion

... Martin Luther King Jr. to embrace more radical measures for economic justice, confounded President Lyndon Johnson's efforts to build a Great Society and helped...

Social Conservatism Is the Way the GOP Can Win With Black Voters

Among black Americans, however, social conservatism is more pronounced. Research highlighted by professors Sherri Wallace and Angela Lewis in the paper “Compassionate Conservatism and African...

Why Won't More Wealthy Black Celebs Dig Deeper in Their Wallets?

Though the outsized influence of wealthy conservative donors like the Koch brothers tend to dominate debates about the role of money in politics, a new...

Armstrong Williams Fears Losing Stations in Sinclair Broadcast Sale Plan

(blog)Armstrong Williams, the conservative commentator and entrepreneur, said Friday that he is "in jeopardy of losing all my [television] stations" in the wake of...

Armstrong Williams Fears Losing Stations in Sinclair Broadcast Sale Plan

(blog)Armstrong Williams, the conservative commentator and entrepreneur, said Friday that he is "in jeopardy of losing all my [television] stations" in the wake of...

Quote of the Day: Thelonious Monk on Math

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard...