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Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Poolside: The Red Cross And Racial Insensitivity

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | June 29, 2016 | Black Voices
The American Red Cross, the nation's 'first responder' found themselves in need of rescue.
Paul A. Bromley

The Day After Jesse

Paul A. Bromley | June 29, 2016 | Black Voices
Jesse gave us the Blueprint and I for one am proud of him, his courage and his dedication to the empowerment of his people.

How To Get Better At Saying No

Bustle | June 29, 2016 | Women
With these suggestions in mind, your schedule will stay just that: Yours. You won't ever have to do outings and activities you don't want to.
Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.

Brooklyn's Finest

Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. | June 29, 2016 | Entertainment
In the twelve years since 800 people piled into a cramped parking lot in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has grown into one of the most respected festivals in the nation.
Erin Logan

It's Been 1 Year And Rachel Dolezal Is Still Whiter Than Mayonnaise

Erin Logan | June 29, 2016 | Black Voices
Remember Rachel Dolezal? The lady who doesn't understand questions. The white woman who wanted to be black ever since she colored with a brown crayon to color in Kindergarten. Well, she’s back on social media. She has been for a while.  Oddly enough, black Twitter has mostly much left her alone   Shocking, I know. When she isn’t tweeting about racial justices issues, she shows off her cheap spray tan on Instagram. And proudly celebrates black holidays Happy 151st Juneteenth! 🔴💚⚫️— Rachel Anne Doležal (@RachelADolezal) June 19, 2016 She tried to film a documentary about race identity  .@racheldolezaI is on @HowardU's campus shooting a documentary about race and identity in America.— Maya ☔️ (@mayascade) June 9, 2016 Dolezal tried to film at the same historically black university she unsuccessfully sued in 2002 on the grounds of racial discrimination. After photos surfaced online, Howard quickly put out an ‘I don’t know her’ type statement to quell concerns. Rachel is also calling out amnesiac fashion blogs  When fashion bloggers called Lupita's hairstyle futuristic, I love that she posted this photo smashup, clarifying that her inspiration was African and historical, not non-cultural or futuristic. (When will the fashion world take a course in African history and realize that "boxer braids" are cornrows, microbraids have been worn by Black women for thousands of years, and sculpted updos didn't just get invented; they too are from African history). #endofrantfornow A photo posted by Rachel Dolezal (@racheladolezal) on May 4, 2016 at 6:00pm PDT Which is ironic because her entire life is one giant failed scam Conservative pundits use Dolezal's affinity with blackness as a sign of America's post-racial existence. However, what is most frustrating is America’s fascination with her. It’s been a year and Dolezal still frequents talk shows to discuss her books and her blackness. Why not ask an actual black woman how she navigates a world entrenched in patriarchal white supremacy? Why not #HireBlackWriters to write TV shows, novels, and columns?   I mean damn Rachel, at least Igloo acknowledged that she’s whiter than the white woman at the Apple Store. I realize that race is a social construct, but it seems to only be flexible for white people who want to feel like people of color (whatever that means). Race is not fluid for most people of color. If race is that malleable, then I should be able to identify as white, right? When fashion blogs write about my braids and baby hairs, can I tell them not to label me as 'ghetto' because I identify as a white woman? Can I tell employers to ignore the stereotypes attached to black women with natural hair? After-all I 'identify as a white woman.' If we could travel back in time to June 17th, can the Charleston 9 tell Dylan Roof to not murder them in cold blood because contrary to his white supremacist eyes, they are actually white? Rachel Dolezal can unapologetically exist as a white woman in black face because of white privilege. And that is in fact whiter than...
Clarence B. Jones

How Much Longer?

Clarence B. Jones | June 29, 2016 | Black Voices
Every once in a while a speech occurs about the legacy of slavery, white supremacy and race in America that transcends most of what has been seen or heard before.
Mable Ivory

Finding Inner Peace After A Son's Death from Gun Violence

Mable Ivory | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
The day after 36-year-old MacArthur Harrell was killed in a drive-by shooting, his distraught mother, Daphne Ivory, knew she needed a therapeutic outlet to help her deal with the tragedy. She credits vinyasa yoga with helping her find solace and stay centered.
Brennan DuBose

Why We Shouldn't Let Colorism Overshadow Jesse Williams' Activism

Brennan DuBose | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
We cannot let our insecurities, our biases, or our unconscious unremitting to the defaulting of looking at our own lives through White lenses hinder, halt, or detour, the need for justice and freedom.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Time For California Lawmakers To Dump Prop 209 Affirmative Action Ban

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
The California legislature and Governor Brown now have all the ammunition they need to do what they should have done years ago. And that's dump the outdated, outmoded, and grossly harmful Proposition 209.
Alanna Vagianos

Abortion Is Still A Luxury, Not A Right

Alanna Vagianos | June 28, 2016 | Women
If abortion were really a right, we wouldn't charge women to access it. We wouldn't allow laws that enforce waiting periods and mandatory counseling to stand. We wouldn't allow providers to be so thoroughly terrorized that only doctors with exceptionally strong political views are willing to help women exercise their right.
The Cut

Abortion Is Still A Luxury, Not A Right

The Cut | June 28, 2016 | Women
If abortion were really a right, we wouldn't charge women to access it. We wouldn't allow laws that enforce waiting periods and mandatory counseling to stand. We wouldn't allow providers to be so thoroughly terrorized that only doctors with exceptionally strong political views are willing to help women exercise their right.
Sil Lai Abrams

Your Blackness Isn't Like Mine:  Colorism And Oppression Olympics

Sil Lai Abrams | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
Those of us with light-skin privilege who speak up about the injustices that we all face as Black people should not have their message minimized while being vilified for their appearance. We do however, have control over how we acknowledge the advantages or disadvantages of our color.
Sarah Blahovec

Confronting the Whitewashing Of Disability: Interview with #DisabilityTooWhite Creator Vilissa Thompson

Sarah Blahovec | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
A new hashtag campaign has been making waves in the disability community and facilitating dialogue about how we see disability. #DisabilityTooWhite
Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle

StreetCode Academy: Uplifting Underrepresented Minorities in East Palo Alto with Tech + Business Skills

Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
On Friday, June 3, 2016, East Palo Alto tech hub StreetCode Academy was invited to Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in Redwood City to make a special presentation for participants and business partners of the East Palo Alto Renaissance Center for Entrepreneurship.
Stephanie R. Caudle

Kanye West Just Unequivocally Gave Us A Lesson in Sex Education

Stephanie R. Caudle | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
While the internet continued to pick apart Kanye's video and celebs featured tried to figure out how to sue I walked away from the video with a great lesson in sexual education.
Hettie Williams

Dead Presidents: History, Memory, and the Legacies of Once 'Great Men'

Hettie Williams | June 27, 2016 | Black Voices
Several institutions of higher education including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton have reconsidered the historical legacies of dead presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson. Homogeneous articulations of collective identity are often forged through commemorative practices that hold up specific historical figures from the dominant racial group as representative symbols of the nation in multiracial societies despite the complicated legacies of such figures.
Anthony Berteaux

Dear BET Awards, Why Did You Think It Was OK To Appropriate Asian Culture?

Anthony Berteaux | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
To be Asian-American today is to expect cultural appropriation -- and unabashed, openly celebrated Orientalism -- from a greater, whiter America with little apology or concern. In 2013, Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards with a performance filled with “East-Asia inspired” caricatures of Taiko...
Amb. Andrew J. Young

'Free State Of Jones' Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Black-White Alliance

Amb. Andrew J. Young | June 27, 2016 | Black Voices
We need more Newt Knights today. We need coalitions to combat the pernicious and ominous signs that appear around us this year. We need to work together to fight the newer forms of obvious oppression.

Brexit, More Bad News For Black Women

OmiseekeTinsley | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
As an African American woman living in Texas, every morning I hold my breath reading the news, bracing myself for what terrible violence against black women and girls might confront me. Last Friday, I was relieved to scan news sources and find no pictures of black women or...
Getrude Matshe

Just Because We Are Magic Does Not Mean We Are Not Real! - Jessie Williams

Getrude Matshe | June 28, 2016 | Black Voices
Watch his BET Awards speech here Every morning I wake up in search for inspiration, and I normally search for it from people like me, black voices that spread messages of hope and that inspire us to...
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