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Michael Gordon Bennett

The Mystery of Rosenwald

Michael Gordon Bennett | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how I never heard of a man, who might arguably have done more good for black Americans than anyone in history.
Merritt E. James

The Breastfeeding Corner

Merritt E. James | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
September is Childhood Cancer and Ovarian Cancer awareness month. The old adage: "An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure," was never more relevant than with breastfeeding and fighting cancer. Let's decrease the risk by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
Vanessa Baden

Jamycheal Mitchell: Mentally Ill, Criminalized, and Killed by the System

Vanessa Baden | September 2, 2015 | Politics
America is "treating" mental illness through incarceration -- and the price we are paying as a country is enormous.
Debbie Hines

Baltimore Freddie Gray Case Needs Justice and Peace

Debbie Hines | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Much of Baltimore will be waiting for the outcome while holding their collective breath---not wanting a repeat of the April riots. And yet, legal decisions cannot rest on what might happen in the City of Baltimore.
Eric Mann

Inside the Civil Rights Movement: a Conversation With Julian Bond

Eric Mann | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Julian put forth every sentence so succinctly and carefully formulated, generous and ironic with a profound sense of history. I was struck by what a fierce warrior he was and how every story was one of struggle and confrontation with the forces of evil and the commitment to fight to win.
EBONY.com

In What Universe is Idris Elba Not 'Suave' Enough to Be Bond?

EBONY.com | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Not suave? Has this stooge ever seen Elba? Like, ever in life? Like, even on his worst day? If he hasn't, that's the only plausible explanation for his ridiculous remarks about the actor who first stole our collective heart as Stringer Bell, clingy-sweater-rocking drug kingpin on The Wire.
Clarence B. Jones

On the Refugee Crisis in Syria and Domestic Gun Violence -- Our Moral Challenge

Clarence B. Jones | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Out of this cacophony of the sometimes 24/7 repetitive media blitz, persons who REALLY CARE about the real world around them, instead of an often pre-occupation with a "parallel universe," should check their moral compasses.
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Black Lives Matter is Under Attack

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
If Black Lives Matter is responsible for so much good, then why on Earth are they trying to link it to hate groups similar to the KKK? Because Black Lives Matter is working.
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

#LaughingWhileBlack

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
As a society, we need to come to grips with the way people of color are judged and punished for behavior that is seen as harmless in white people.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Black Lives AND Police Lives Both Matter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Officer safety must, be of paramount importance to those who fight for police reform. Positive police-community relations, dialogue and engagement is a two way street. If there's the sense that one side doesn't give a hoot about officer's safety and lives, then the well will be hopelessly poisoned.
Diana Montero

In Praise of Those in Blue

Diana Montero | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
I cannot stress enough that harming police officers is NOT going to help any movement. It only serves to hinder the process of trying to remove corrupt police officers from the force.
Erin Taylor Green

The Conversations Adults are Afraid to Have

Erin Taylor Green | September 1, 2015 | Education
Two and a half weeks into fifth grade, and we have already defined some pretty hard words. Some of the first words added to our dictionaries were "institutionalized racism" and "privilege". These are words that I'm not even really comfortable defining. Honestly, most people aren't.
Rahsaan Hall

Blaming the Victims: 245 Years Ago and Today

Rahsaan Hall | September 1, 2015 | Politics
When we as a nation look upon the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the marches in New York and Boston, the narrative denies these people the honorific title of patriots. But that is in fact what they are: patriots, people who love and strongly support or fight for their country.
Jackie Copeland-Carson

Black Giving Matters: A Month Towards a New Movement for Our Times

Jackie Copeland-Carson | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
For black social progress, giving voice has been as or even more important than giving money.
Vanessa Carmichael

About That Racist Email Your Grandmother Got...

Vanessa Carmichael | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
Perhaps black people will focus exclusively on eradicating black-on-black crime when white people focus exclusively on eradicating white supremacy. Until then, black folks will continue to focus on both issues, and make changing the policies and practices that contribute to crime in the black community a priority.
Sarah Griffith Lund

Disabled Black Lives Matter

Sarah Griffith Lund | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
We've seen the perfect storm of race, poverty, and mental disability. What does America do with her sickest, poorest and most marginalized? The largest populations in our jails and prisons are people with disabilities, people of color and people living in poverty.
Scott Warren

A New Apartheid: South Africa's Struggle With Immigration

Scott Warren | September 1, 2015 | World
JOHANNESBURG -- Recent violence against immigrants threatens to upset South Africa's international image as a success story. A new apartheid is now being enforced -- one in which foreign nationals instead of black South Africans are treated as second-class citizens.
Sophia Williams-Baugh

Turn Your Dream Into A Message

Sophia Williams-Baugh | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
My dream revealed that anything was possible with God. My nightmare/dream told me that no one could harm me or permanently do damage as long as Jesus was by my side. I was told to come from behind the scenes and don't be afraid to shine.
EBONY.com

Opinion: 'Anchor Baby' Is the New 'Crack Baby'

EBONY.com | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
Bush and Trump's refusal to apologize for this racist-baiting is reprehensible. Placing children at the center of political debate and focusing on babies as emblematic of repugnant groups is dangerous, particularly when we live in a country where we recognize children as society's future.
Joel L. Daniels

Don't be a F***boy -- Don't, Just Don't...

Joel L. Daniels | September 1, 2015 | Black Voices
Be aware of your privilege as a man and don't use it to be a coward or a sucker by saying and doing things to take advantage. Be understanding, LISTEN to others. In every interaction, be humble and gentle and sincere.
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