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Peter Dreier

Can We Head Off a Long Hot Summer of Riots and Rebellion?

Peter Dreier | May 26, 2015 | Politics
If the voices and concerns of ordinary Americans aren't at the center of this debate, we can expect the ticking time bomb of urban unrest to explode in more and more communities. Without major reforms, the recent upheavals in Ferguson and Baltimore may simply be a precursor to a wave of 21st century riots.
Eldonie Mason

One Immigrant and Her Dream

Eldonie Mason | May 26, 2015 | Black Voices
As the 11 year old girl gazed at the coconut tree in her backyard on her island home of Antigua, she dreams of one day becoming a lawyer in America. Once the dream took root in her head, she went around telling everyone who would listen.
Bill Blum

Will We Ever See Justice for Freddie Gray?

Bill Blum | May 25, 2015 | Crime
Now that another killer cop has been acquitted in Cleveland, I'll get straight to the point and answer the question posed by the title of this post about Baltimore's Freddie Gray with a single word: No.
Jim Downs

#BlackLivesMatter: The Politics and History Surrounding Memorial Day

Jim Downs | May 25, 2015 | Politics
Despite my effort, many historians continue to see only white soldiers' suffering and death during the war. But what about those who did not wear the Union blue or Confederate grey but died in the same war often alongside of white soldiers? How we might remember their death and suffering?
Maurice Ewing, Ph.D.

What It Was Like to Glimpse John Nash's Beautiful Mind

Maurice Ewing, Ph.D. | May 25, 2015 | Science
John Nash was a legend. He simply looked at things differently. He taught me that even geniuses need other people to correct their thinking and vet their ideas. Most importantly, however, Nash taught me that anyone's mind can be beautiful if it focuses on producing beautiful ideas.
Clarence B. Jones

The Greatest Love of All

Clarence B. Jones | May 24, 2015 | College
I have written and spoken many times about the fiduciary responsibilities that we have as adults today. We are "trustees" of our children. We must protect and safeguard them so that more young Victor Casillas Valles can graduate from USF and other colleges and universities throughout the United States. Loving and protecting our children is the greatest love of all.
William Lynch III

Black Women in the Fight Against Police Brutality

William Lynch III | May 22, 2015 | Black Voices
Mosby's courageous decision to prosecute makes her just one of the many black women over the decades who have worked hard to quell the scourge of police brutality. Black women have played a substantial role in bringing national and international attention to the issue, both in the past and today.
Nathan Manske

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | May 22, 2015 | Gay Voices
Throughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.
Raquel Willis

Graduation to Womanhood: Being Transgender at a Southern College

Raquel Willis | May 22, 2015 | Gay Voices
Some people come out of the college experience with a degree, others with incredible stories, and others simply with a better understanding of their body's tolerance for alcohol. But some, like me, left with a newfound understanding and sense of purpose; I matriculated as a timid, confused boy and departed as a woman standing in her truth.
Marian Wright Edelman

Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | May 22, 2015 | Politics
Children who come into foster care often have been exposed to multiple traumatic events including the removal from their families, and may be at higher risk for mental health problems and emotional disorders. Too often multiple medications may be used without other kinds of effective treatments that might better address the underlying trauma children are experiencing.
Akirah Robinson

Why I'm Not Rushing to Have a Baby (Even Though I Really Want One)

Akirah Robinson | May 22, 2015 | Women
My life is far from perfect and I haven't yet accomplished all that I hope to. Even so, I'm starting to realize that I don't have to be miserable about that... even when life challenges me in unimaginable ways.
David Rothenberg

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | May 22, 2015 | Crime
Across the nation, there has been a recent barrage of media reports, in progressive as well as conservative publications, advocating and applauding reforms in the criminal justice system.
Felicia Watts

College-Bound With Kids

Felicia Watts | May 22, 2015 | Good News
I applied for application waivers, whatever it took to find the right fit for me and my 3-year-old daughter at the time. One thing was for sure: Leaving her behind with family was not an option. We were going to do this together.
Torraine Walker

White Riots: Fratboys, Bikers and the Allowances Made for White Violence

Torraine Walker | May 22, 2015 | Black Voices
If those were black kids rioting at the University of Kentucky after their loss to Wisconsin, or black gangs warring in Waco, Texas, you already know what the outcome would be: Ferguson, Part II.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Bishop T.D. Jakes May Be The Healer America Needs Right Now (PODCAST)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | May 23, 2015 | Religion
I recently had a conversation with a black pastor who expressed surprise that Bishop Jakes had addressed the Black Lives Matter movement. Bishop Jakes' response to that is, "well, he must not know me."
Robert L. Gordon III

Remembering Sacrifice Through Service

Robert L. Gordon III | May 25, 2015 | Impact
Memorial Day provides us the opportunity to come together as one community -- both military and civilian -- in remembrance of the fallen and to honor their spirit.
Ediberto Roman

Do Black Lives Matter in a White World?

Ediberto Roman | May 22, 2015 | Latino Voices
Much like many of you, I have reacted emotionally after watching video after video of police across the country brutalizing our black and brown youth. I have cried witnessing the utter devaluation of what should be out most cherished commodity -- our youth.
Choyce Miller

Memorial Day Weekend: 4 Events In Brooklyn Black Culture Will Be Flourishing

Choyce Miller | May 22, 2015 | Black Voices
Memorial Day weekend is in full swing and Brooklyn has you covered if you are looking to be around some beautiful black culture. If you still don't have any plans check out some of these events where the melanin will definitely be on fleek.
Jared Loggins

Why We Should Resist Black Male Exceptionalism: A Graduate's Perspective

Jared Loggins | May 22, 2015 | College
When former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick stood before the Morehouse College Class of 2015 to deliver his commencement address, he joined a host of notable black men, who, in recent years have ascended to the heights of American public service and have too charged black men and boys to be exceptional.
Megan Smolenyak

Memorial Day: Correcting the Story of World War I Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Henry Johnson

Megan Smolenyak | May 22, 2015 | Black Voices
Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin are being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I. Not surprisingly, a fair bit of information about both soldiers can be found online, and while personal details about Sgt. Shemin are mostly accurate, Sgt. Johnson's are frequently distorted.
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