Colorlines

Shani O. Hilton

Shani O. Hilton
DC Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Shani O. Hilton is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Colorlines.com. She covers the intersection of congressional and White House politics and racial justice. Shani also works as the associate editor of CampusProgress.org. A native of central California, Shani earned a degree in journalism from Howard University. Her writing has appeared in The American Prospect, TheAtlantic.com, The Root, and other publications. She also maintains a personal blog where she muses on pop culture, race, and feminism.

Shani tweets at @shani_o.

For Boyfriends Who Love Doing Makeup

For Boyfriends Who Love Doing Makeup

by Shani O. Hilton on April 19 2011, 5:59PM

It’s pretty sweet to see a man who’s not hung up on gender roles.

Topics: Celebrate Love

CBC Drops Its Own Budget: $5.7 Trillion Deficit Cut Without Gutting Programs

CBC Drops Its Own Budget: $5.7 Trillion Deficit Cut Without Gutting Programs

by Shani O. Hilton on April 14 2011, 1:04PM

It’s been a tradition every year since 1981, but this year’s budget battle gives the proposal new significance.

Topics: Politics

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray Arrested in Budget Battle Protest

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray Arrested in Budget Battle Protest

by Shani O. Hilton on April 12 2011, 1:30PM

A new budget deal prevents D.C. from spending its own funds on abortions for poor black and brown women.

Topics: Politics

Stopgap Budget Deal Cuts More Community Development, Transit

Stopgap Budget Deal Cuts More Community Development, Transit

by Shani O. Hilton on April 11 2011, 12:44PM

Expect another $38.5 billion in cuts, the details of which are to be announced later this week.

Topics: Politics

$327 Million for Women's Health Will Shut Down Government, Say Dems

$327 Million for Women’s Health Will Shut Down Government, Say Dems

by Shani O. Hilton on April 8 2011, 3:27PM

None of that money goes to fund abortion, but it does fund reproductive health for poor women of color.

Topics: Planned Parenthood, Politics

As Budget Battle Climaxes, Civil Rights Groups Tally Potential Damage

As Budget Battle Climaxes, Civil Rights Groups Tally Potential Damage

by Shani O. Hilton on April 5 2011, 3:28PM

Marian Wright Edelman: “This is the most dangerous time for black children since slavery.”

Topics: Politics

Another Budget Deadline Approaches, Poor People Still Screwed

Another Budget Deadline Approaches, Poor People Still Screwed

by Shani O. Hilton on April 4 2011, 1:33PM

Congress has until Friday to decide whether to scapegoat struggling families by a lot, or just a little.

Topics: Economy, Politics

CBC Marks 40th Anniversary With

CBC Marks 40th Anniversary With “Substantive” Talks With Obama

by Shani O. Hilton on March 31 2011, 6:29PM

But it’s not clear exactly what substance they hashed out.

Topics: Politics

Sen. Durbin Holds Hearing on Threats to Muslim Civil Rights

Sen. Durbin Holds Hearing on Threats to Muslim Civil Rights

by Shani O. Hilton on March 29 2011, 4:38PM

Assistant attorney general Thomas Perez vows to use “every tool in our arsenal” to fight anti-Muslim discrimination.

Topics: Politics

Former Top Obama Advisor Calls Jobless Recovery 'Shameful'

Former Top Obama Advisor Calls Jobless Recovery ‘Shameful’

by Shani O. Hilton on March 24 2011, 3:13PM

Christina Romer says the administration has all but given up on fixing unemployment.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

John Stossel: No Group's Been Helped More By Gov't Than American Indians

John Stossel: No Group’s Been Helped More By Gov’t Than American Indians

by Shani O. Hilton on March 24 2011, 2:04PM

Yes, he’s serious.

Topics: Politics

One Year Later, People of Color Are Health Reform's Strongest Backers

One Year Later, People of Color Are Health Reform’s Strongest Backers

by Shani O. Hilton on March 23 2011, 4:59PM

They’re also the ones who stand to lose the most if the GOP effort to repeal or defund it succeeds.

Topics: Health, Politics

Only the Employed Need Apply? CBC Rep Says That Oughta Be Illegal

Only the Employed Need Apply? CBC Rep Says That Oughta Be Illegal

by Shani O. Hilton on March 21 2011, 10:53AM

Reps. Hank Johnson and Jesse Jackson, Jr., drop bill to ban hiring bias against people already out of work.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Obama Gears Up for a Gun Fight, but Doesn't Fire on Race

Obama Gears Up for a Gun Fight, but Doesn’t Fire on Race

by Shani O. Hilton on March 17 2011, 6:30PM

Race is conspicuously missing from a growing D.C. conversation about gun violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

White House Launches Anti-Bullying Initiative

White House Launches Anti-Bullying Initiative

by Shani O. Hilton on March 15 2011, 12:37PM

Some sadly inactive congressional bills seek to move the conversation from personal responsibility to school policy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

The 'Congressional Theater' of Peter King's Muslim Hearings

The ‘Congressional Theater’ of Peter King’s Muslim Hearings

by Shani O. Hilton on March 11 2011, 11:00AM

Democrats argue King’s probe of “radicalization” in Muslim American communities is both useless and dangerous.

Topics: National Security, Politics

Dingell to Peter King: Don't Become the Next McCarthy

Dingell to Peter King: Don’t Become the Next McCarthy

by Shani O. Hilton on March 10 2011, 12:31PM

Homeland Security hearings into the “radicalization” of Muslim Americans begin with push back from Democratic lawmakers.

Topics: National Security, Politics

Foreclosed Families Descend on Capitol to Make Wall Street Pay

Foreclosed Families Descend on Capitol to Make Wall Street Pay

by Shani O. Hilton on March 8 2011, 9:43AM

Protestors call for the jailing of Wall Street bankers.

Topics: Politics

Despite Gains, Job Drought Continues for Workers of Color

Despite Gains, Job Drought Continues for Workers of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on March 4 2011, 1:21PM

While official stats say that unemployment is at a two-year low, that number doesn’t take into account people who’ve simply given up.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Government Shutdown Delayed, But Budget's Effects Still Uncertain

Government Shutdown Delayed, But Budget’s Effects Still Uncertain

by Shani O. Hilton on March 3 2011, 5:06PM

Nothing that’s currently on the table bodes especially well for the poor and folks of color.

Topics: Politics