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Heart to Heart is Back!
Our Heart to Heart advice column is back! Send your letters about relationship issues (romantic, family, job, etc.) to and Patricia Elam will respond with compassion, wisdom and realness. Read the first letters here.

Feb 17, 2015, 22:32

Notes from the #ProfGrind
The #ProfGrind never quite prepared me for the fact that an elite University might not always treat you as an elite scholar no matter how productive you might be.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Aug 3, 2012, 11:20

Thurgood Marshall's Faith
How can we view the life work of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from a spiritual perspective? Attorney Donald Temple was asked by the home church of Justice Marshall to speak on just that topic.

Apr 14, 2011, 11:06

Herc, Hiphop and Health
Kool Herc, founding father of hiphop, is like so many dwelling in America: He does not have health insurance. Kool Herc makes his living djing and speaking, but he undoubtedly has not been treated in the way rock and jazz heroes and sheroes are treated.
By Kevin Powell

Feb 8, 2011, 12:37

Beating Breast Cancer
More than 30 years after her death to breast cancer, singer Minnie Riperton remains the Black public face of this disease that continues to take a particular toll on Black women.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Oct 8, 2010, 11:03

Internat. Locks Conference
The 16th Annual International Locks Conference was Oct.2-3, in Philadelphia. On Sunday,'s founder and editor, Esther Iverem, participated on an author's panel and a media panel, "Shattering the Delusion of Inclusion: The Importance of Independent Media.

Oct 1, 2010, 12:07

Coming Apart At The Seams
Steve Harvey's tearful breakdown, Pastor Donnie McClurkin's emotional rant and Tiger Woods's destructive behavior provide insight into the contemporary crisis of Black masculinity, which has as much to do with the real structural challenges that Black males face as it does with desires within Black communities for performances of Black masculinity that are no longer viable or sustainable.
(Keynote Address, 2010 American Masculinity Studies Association, Atlanta, GA)
By Mark Anthony Neal

May 25, 2010, 10:59

Charlie Wilson Talks Cancer
Charlie Wilson, lead singer of the Gap Band, is still one of the most recognizable voices in R&B. Last year, in the midst of his remarkable comeback, Wilson was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After successful treatment, Wilson now serves as a national spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He talked with NewBlackMan about his struggles with the disease and the importance of Black men staying on top of their health.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Dec 2, 2009, 11:48

Heritage. Renewal. (For My Parents)
It had been some time since I listened to “Sun Moon Child”—a daily affair last autumn—when I prepared to bury my mother some 18-plus months after my father. I struggled to find the rhythms--the music to get me through the passing of another parent.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Sep 2, 2009, 12:28

Obama’s Health Care Charade
President Obama has gone to extraordinary lengths to suppress advocates of single-payer health care. He has choreographed a grand theater of faux-change from which majority U.S. opinion is totally excluded.
By Glen Ford

May 13, 2009, 13:59

Neti Pots Rescue Your Nose!
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Nasal irrigation, or nasal flushing, with neti pots has become a growing trend.
By Miya Nashonne

May 13, 2009, 13:42

Teens Embrace Yoga
Hatha yoga—the physical aspect of the 5,000 year old art—is now also a growing trend for teen-agers.
By Miya Nashonne

May 13, 2009, 13:22

Video Game Fitness
A video game has provided a fun way for one teenager to get fit and stay fit.
By Evan Odoms

May 12, 2009, 11:30

Is Her Ass Off Limits?
February 2008 issue of Newsweek.
Never before has a First Lady's body been subject to the amount of scrutiny and surveillance as is the case with Michelle Obama; she has been rhetorically poked, prodded and groped.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Nov 21, 2008, 11:36

Distant Lover(s)
After a hiatus, Patricia Elam returns to the Heart-to-Heart advice column. What to do with a younger man who won't completely stay or completely go away? And can love thrive when two people are separated by an ocean?

Oct 8, 2008, 07:35

Heart to Heart: Honestly...
A new boyfriend does not keep his promises. To spark drama and a break-up, a lover steals $600. A girlfriend lies about her past relationship with a tattoed thug and former substance abuser. Patricia Elam answers all, heart to heart!

Aug 14, 2007, 09:14

Heart-to-Heart: Booty Call
Patricia Elam
One reader is celibate at 41 and staying at home...Another is furious at a BC (Booty Call) friend...And finally, another has met the perfect man (who, unfortunately, doesn't want a relationship).
By Patricia Elam

Nov 29, 2006, 12:12

Heart to Heart Advice
"I was seduced by a professor I met at a college holiday party," writes one reader. Another complains that her boyfriend's wife won't let him see her. By Patricia Elam

Apr 6, 2007, 07:22

Heinous Medical Experiments
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present is a comprehensive history of the often heinous medical experimentation, abuse and neglect of African Americans. The book reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and the earliest encounters of Blacks and the medical establishment during slavery. From Democracy Now!

Feb 1, 2007, 14:36

The ‘Black’ Pill: Do Blacks need a race-specific medicine for cardio-vascular disease?
By Charlene Muhammad.

Apr 9, 2006, 08:42

Heart to Heart:'s Funky Advice Column
Heart to Heart: SeeingBlack's Funky Advice Column. What to do When Daddy is a Molester. By Patricia Elam

Apr 9, 2006, 08:47

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

Early raves for We Gotta Have It:

"Esther Iverem brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture."
      --Tavis Smiley

"Esther Iverem… is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular.  It’s one of those book we gotta have."
      --Robin D. G. Kelley

"The work of African American filmmakers continues to out pace critiques and commentary by African American film critics. Esther Iverem closes this gap.
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