CNN Essay, Life Is More Colorful Than Black & White

New York (CNN) — Who am I? I used to think the simplest explanation was black and white. But I’ve recently discovered that the truth is much more colorful. Because I’ve spent most of my adult life being mistaken for everything but who I am — Moroccan, Brazilian, mixed African-American and white American, Israeli, Palestinian, the list goes on — …

Follow up Commentary From our CNN Census Panel

Last night, Baratunde Thurston, Christian Lander and myself were panelists on Don Lemmon’s show: the segment, without commercial interruption, is on the preceding post, below. We started to scratch the service about the subject of racial categories on the census, particularly the term “Negro.” While this was an important topic, we had other thoughts we wanted to share. So last …

Children Are, Already, Being Trafficked Out of Haiti

Child traffickers wasted no time in Haiti, in the wake of her devastating earthquake. Below, Haiti’s prime minister has confirmed to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that in the wake of the earthquake, living children are being trafficked for, among other things, for their organs. While children left without parents should be adopted, the international community must do more to put an …

Walmart Scuffle or Racism?

CNN’s John King reports this incident, which occurred three years ago at a Walmart in Kennett, Missouri a community “known for racial tension.” Randi Kaye states that this is a classic he-said, she-said case where an African-American preacher’s daughter is being accused of cutting the line and “getting belligerent with the cashier.” White officers were called to the store, they …

CNN Latino in America Commentary "But What’s a Latino?"

NEW YORK (CNN) — Let’s all pretend to be the astrologer Walter Mercado for a moment. Say we predict that the Obama administration’s master plan to engage people of Latino/Hispanic/Spanish origin proves to be effective. Let’s say that along with strategic partners Telemundo and the Census Bureau, they somehow manage to corral the millions of “Latinos” into filling out the …

Anderson Cooper is hysterical. Heidi Montag is confusing (& I’m Still Not Sure Why She’s Famous Either!)

Musical stylings from Kim Zolciak and Heidi Montag all in one week? Jesus, take the wheel! My favorite Anderson Cooper line in this piece: “Apparently she’s famous. Heidi Montag is so famous she actually Twitters. And she Tweeted to congratulate herself. She Tweeted she had so much fun, and she also thanked God. I don’t think God had anything to …