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Ama Yawson

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Unequal Sisters: How the Army Promotes White Womanhood As the Female Ideal

Ama Yawson | April 16, 2014 | Black Voices
"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
Terrance Hamm

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The Real Case Against Decriminalizing Marijuana

Terrance Hamm | April 16, 2014 | Black Voices
Times are pretty hard now. You can turn on the news and bear witness to all types of negative news stories. WTOP reports that unemployment rates are climbing. CNN says taxes are hiking. Then on the evening news you learn that it's becoming trendy for teenagers...
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

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HBCUs: Over-Governed and Under-Led

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | April 16, 2014 | Education
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
Orlene E. Gray-Davis

To Reclaim Our Communities and Culture, Let's Hold Perpetrators Accountable

Orlene E. Gray-Davis | April 16, 2014 | Black Voices
When it comes to rape culture and manifestations of sexual violence against women, as people of color, we find ourselves at the forefront of this plague.
Sheila A. Bedi

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | April 16, 2014 | Black Voices
What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

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Maya Angelou Challenges Obama Administration "Over Testing"

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | April 16, 2014 | Black Voices
Along with 120 other children's book authors, beloved poet and activist Maya Angelou has called President Obama on the carpet for his "testing overuse and abuse." The authors say that the pressure on children to learn narrow testing materials, and then perform well, robs them of a love for learning....
Mary Alice Stephenson

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Survival In Style: How Fashion Helped a Young Woman Find Joy in the Midst of Pain

Mary Alice Stephenson | April 15, 2014 | Style
One of the reasons I created GLAM4GOOD was so I could harness the positive aspects of fashion and beauty to celebrate courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulty, tragedy and pain. Nayanda was right, GLAM4GOOD is more than just a makeover -- often it's about honoring and acknowledging everyday heroism and bravery.
Brittney Griner

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The Punch

Brittney Griner | April 15, 2014 | Impact
"You just can't retaliate," she stressed. "The blame always falls on the player who retaliates." I knew she was right.
Michael W. Waters

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Christ, Coachella and a Call to Creative Cyphers: A Holy Week Contemplation

Michael W. Waters | April 15, 2014 | Black Voices
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
Broderick Greer

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Black Rage Is Christian Rage

Broderick Greer | April 14, 2014 | Religion
​Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
Jarid Manos

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I Could Be a Desert

Jarid Manos | April 15, 2014 | Black Voices
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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The GOP Would Kill the 1964 Civil Rights Bill Today

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | April 14, 2014 | Politics
A 2014 Civil Rights Bill would almost certainly be D.O.A. on arrival in the 2014 House. And if by some miracle it passed, its chance of surviving a court challenge would be anything but certain.
Ernest Owens

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Stephen B. Steward Unleashes a "Whole Heart" in Debut Album

Ernest Owens | April 14, 2014 | Black Voices
It took 53 years for Smithville, Mississippi native Stephen B. Steward to know when he hit "the right time." While many men his age are looking forward to retirement, this California law enforcer of 28 years is ready to...
Kevin Powell

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Speaking Out on Men's Role in Preventing Sexual Assault

Kevin Powell | April 14, 2014 | College
I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.
j.n. salters

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On Solange, Beyoncé and National Siblings Day

j.n. salters | April 14, 2014 | Good News
I was taken back to childhood days of dancing and singing along to the radio with my older sister, Danielle. There is -- and always will be -- something magical about sharing the dance floor with the person who has been able to finish your sentences.
Derrell Jamison

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Why Women Should Know Their Place

Derrell Jamison | April 14, 2014 | Black Voices
Most women are conditioned to believe that their hopes and dreams should dim in comparison to a mans. How often do you hear of men quitting their jobs because their woman got a new position that requires them to relocate? What about men choosing to stay at home with their children while the woman continues to further her career? Hardly ever.
Gordon Braxton

How It Feels When White Women Cross to the Other Side of the Street

Gordon Braxton | April 14, 2014 | Black Voices
I can relate to the experience of white women speeding up, altering their paths, clutching their belongings or casting wary glances in my presence.
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

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The Good Son Comes Home to Inspire All Our Sons

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | April 16, 2014 | Black Voices
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
Rev. Al Sharpton

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Staying Focused

Rev. Al Sharpton | April 14, 2014 | Politics
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
Kelley Raleigh

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Why Doing a Google Search Can Be So Damaging

Kelley Raleigh | April 14, 2014 | Impact
Have you ever Googled yourself and clicked on the images tab? What if you google something you like or want to know more about, click on the images tab and all that comes up are negative images of that topic? Today I was researching online for photos of black...
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