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Rev. Al Sharpton

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Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Rev. Al Sharpton | October 20, 2014 | Black Voices
With continued officer-involved shootings, attempts at voter suppression, and ongoing racial and economic disparities, it is easy to push voting to the side. But it is precisely because of tragedies like the deaths of young Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and because of an unequal educational and employment system, that we need to show up at the polls.
Dr. Jason Johnson

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Rand Paul Says He Can Get 30 Percent of the Black Vote in 2016: Here's How He'll Do It

Dr. Jason Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Politics
Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Uncovering a Free Black Man's Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | October 20, 2014 | Arts
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
Masai Ujiri

The Power of Opportunity

Masai Ujiri | October 20, 2014 | Impact
I had the good fortune to become the first African-born General Manager in American sports, a blessed example of someone given an opportunity. But as fortunate as I have been, I'd be a failure if I couldn't provide opportunities to the next generation.
Tiffany Denee Jones

Why Are Black Women Dying of Breast Cancer, Even Though More White Women Are Diagnosed?

Tiffany Denee Jones | October 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
Statistically, black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, even though more white women are diagnosed with it. Heartbreakingly, one of the reasons for this is fear.
Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell

Love Means Getting to Say You're Sorry -- Why I Was Arrested in Ferguson

Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell | October 20, 2014 | Religion
Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.
Megan Smolenyak

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Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | October 20, 2014 | Black Voices
Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Republican's Blame Ebola on Obama Ploy Backfires

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | October 18, 2014 | Politics
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Irene Monroe

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Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Irene Monroe | October 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
LearnVest

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How I'm Saving 40 Percent of My Pay

LearnVest | October 17, 2014 | Money
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Let Girls Lead

I Am a Liberian. I Am Not a Virus.

Let Girls Lead | October 17, 2014 | Impact
I want people to understand that we are more than the latest breaking news. We are not "those Africans." We are not pitiful media images, statistics or projections. We are mothers, fathers, children, scholars, artists, doctors, and survivors. We are people.
Saumya Arya Haas

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Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | October 17, 2014 | Religion
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

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On the "A" w/Souleo: Paternity Court TV Judge Does It All

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | October 17, 2014 | Black Voices
So exactly how does one go from being a back-up singer for Mary J. Blige and Diddy to presiding over the hit TV judge show Paternity Court? If you're Lauren Lake, it starts with your upbringing.
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

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A Clarion Call to Black Higher Education

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | October 16, 2014 | College
The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

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An Open Letter to HBCU Graduates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | October 16, 2014 | Black Voices
Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

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Black Colleges: Stop Discriminating Against LGBT

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | October 17, 2014 | Black Voices
The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.
Ernest Owens

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Why Ebola Isn't Stopping Me From Going to Africa Right Now

Ernest Owens | October 16, 2014 | Black Voices
As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
Adebukola Ajao

Getting Comfortable With the Uncomfortable About Ferguson

Adebukola Ajao | October 16, 2014 | Black Voices
It is my hope that all black students make it a priority to address these type of issues on our campuses. Do not compromise your beliefs or your black experience for the pretense of neutrality.
Katha Pollitt

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The Abortion Conversation We Need To Have

Katha Pollitt | October 16, 2014 | Women
We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.
Dwight Brown

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Dear White People

Dwight Brown | October 15, 2014 | Black Voices
In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.
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