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Marian Wright Edelman

How Much Do Black Child Lives Matter?

Marian Wright Edelman | July 29, 2016 | Politics
I strongly oppose capital punishment which Blanton and his evil co-conspirators so viciously inflicted. But I do support punishment which at least tries to proximate his heinous crime. This prisoner snuffed out four sacred child lives and escaped punishment for decades. He should die in prison for his inhumane atrocious crime.
Debbie Hines

What Michelle Obama's Speech Meant To Me

Debbie Hines | July 29, 2016 | Politics
On the first night of the 2016 Democratic convention, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke as a mother, a wife, First Lady and an intelligent black woman. As an African American woman, her words resonated to me in ways far beyond her text.
Kikanza Nuri-Robins

There Is Nothing Wrong With Those Kids: How Implicit Bias Affects Black And Brown Students

Kikanza Nuri-Robins | July 29, 2016 | Black Voices
The under-education of black and brown children in this country is a societal problem with no simple solution; however, it can be addressed one classroom at a time, one child at a time.
Evelyn Atieno

The Young Designer Changing Urban Fashion

Evelyn Atieno | July 29, 2016 | Black Voices
We spend our whole lives searching for wealth or the satisfaction it brings but Kyle Johnson has found the key. 8 years ago he wouldn't have envisioned that his very own creations would be front and center at a boutique in...
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Teens Convince Parents To Change Their Vote

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | July 29, 2016 | Black Voices
By: Billy Cruz On a sweltering day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Nia Carter took me on a tour of the RV she and her family have been using to travel the country for the past three months. But this is no family vacation. Nia and her family are the founders of the group Black Men For Bernie, a grassroots organization that mobilizes the black community around progressive issues and candidates. It all started last year when Nia's 17-year-old sister, Nadia Crawford, saw a message about Bernie Sanders on social media. "It was actually in my feed in Twitter," Nadia says of the message that turned her on to Sanders. "I was just scrolling and I saw it." Nadia looked up Bernie's policies, and she liked what they saw. She isn't old enough to vote, so she decided to try to convince her mom, Jackie Crawford, to vote for him in their state's primary. "[Nadia] asked me who I was going to vote for, and I said 'Probably Hillary,'" Jackie Crawford said. "And she's like, 'Why?' and I'm just like, 'Uh, that's just who I was going to vote for." That wasn't good enough for Nadia. She started telling her mom about Bernie's policies, his involvement with civil rights, and how what he stood for would be good for the black community. Her mom was convinced. Then they went home and both told Nadia's dad, Bruce Carter, about Sanders. "And he went for it," Nadia said. "I didn't know that what I was saying to my parents would explode this." (From left to right) Nadia Crawford, 17, Jeremy Davis, 21, and Nia Carter, 14, pose in front of the Black Men For Bernie bus. By "this," Nadia means an 8-vehicle caravan, thousands of Facebook fans, and throngs of cheering Bernie supporters wherever they go. Her dad even got to sit down with Bernie Sanders earlier this year. It's not the first time the family has taken one of their kids' ideas and run with it. Bruce and Jackie have also helped their daughter Nia start her own event promotion business. Jackie says it's about showing, not telling, teens how to make change. "I wouldn't say we're a normal family, and I'm glad we're not the typical family" Jackie said, sitting next to her kids on the couch of the Black Men For Bernie bus. Nadia groaned. "No we're not the typical family, but you're making us sound crazy," Nadia said. "We're not crazy, we're just... okay I'm sorry," Jackie said. They both laughed. Look, if I told my parents who to vote for, they might think about it, but I don't think it would really change their minds. And they definitely wouldn't get eight cars decked out with Bernie's face and take off all over the country. At heart, Black Men For Bernie is still a family operation. Nadia, Nia, and their close family friend -- practically an adopted brother, 21-year-old Jeremy Davis -- travel the country trying to convince young people to get political. "If we start them now and they are educated on how the political process works and how to pick the best candidates for them, by the time they turn 18 they will care and be energized to vote," Davis said. Of the three kids, Jeremy is the only one who will actually be able to vote this election cycle. He says he's not sure who he'll vote for now that Bernie is out of the running, but he'll keep fighting for what Sanders stood for. "Because that's what's most important. Not who becomes president, but that the issues we're fighting for get...
Rachel Khan

In These Troubling Times, Let's Reflect On The Legacy Of Jesse Owens

Rachel Khan | July 29, 2016 | Black Voices
Before each of my races, standing alone on the starting line, waiting for the gunshot, I had Jesse Owens and Berlin on my mind. I would think of the time my own people were banned from the Olympic Stadium, simply for being Jewish.
Erika Hardison

Every Episode of Marvel's Luke Cage Will Be Titled After A Gang Starr Song

Erika Hardison | July 28, 2016 | Black Voices
Are you excited about the upcoming Luke Cage series? You should be. With the visibility of Black Lives Matter our perceptions of heroism are no longer limited to straight able-bodied white males and their savior complex.
Geoffrey Ives

Our Shared American Story

Geoffrey Ives | July 29, 2016 | Politics
I find it odd that anyone would object to or dispute Michele Obama’s reference, in her eloquent address to the DNC this week, that the White House was built with slave labor. Any well-read student of American history...
Scott Stabile

The Truth About My Racism

Scott Stabile | July 28, 2016 | Black Voices
The difference between non-racists and racists is the recognition, in non-racists, that the bigoted thoughts that sometimes pollute our minds--because of years or a lifetime of conditioning--are rooted in fear and ignorance, and are untrue, hateful and dangerous.
Judith A. Salerno

An Urgent Call For Health Equity In Breast Cancer

Judith A. Salerno | July 28, 2016 | Impact
As it stands today, African-American women are roughly 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Even looking at mortality rates - which have decreased for all women in the U.S. since 1990 - the decreases began earlier and are greater for white women than for African-American women.
Clarence B. Jones

Beyond Rage?

Clarence B. Jones | July 28, 2016 | Black Voices
The relationship between the police and African-American communities is deeply rooted in our earlier history of police being law enforcement agents for State mandated racial segregation. Even with the Civil Rights Movement's dismantling of the worst of American Apartheid, racist based law enforcement continued for decades.
Janet Morrison-Lane

Who Killed Freddie Gray?

Janet Morrison-Lane | July 28, 2016 | Politics
That we continue to exonerate people who are killing others makes my head spin. However, the reality is, we should all (and by "all," I mean all white people) be held accountable for the police shootings that have occurred. We. Are. Guilty. How?
Christy DeGallerie

Why I Won't Thank White People When They Speak Up For Black Lives

Christy DeGallerie | July 27, 2016 | Black Voices
I use to thank white people for speaking up when we got murdered. Then after awhile it dawned on me, and I asked myself this question: "Why am I handing out cookies to allies?" I found it bizarre that I was thanking people for being human.
Michael J. Sorrell

A Call For Peace And Unity From America's HBCU Community

Michael J. Sorrell | July 27, 2016 | Black Voices
As we move forward in our endeavors, we will forever remember the lives of those slain and the loss their families have experienced. While we pray that their hearts and minds will one day know peace, we pledge to aggressively continue our efforts so that these types of prayers will one day become unnecessary.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Hillary's Five Challenges In Her Acceptance Speech

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | July 27, 2016 | Politics
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has five challenges she faces in her acceptance speech. Not one of them has to do with her GOP rival Trump. The first is personal, very personal. She has to make people want to vote for her not just because she's the most savvy, experienced, prepared and knowledgeable about foreign and domestic policy issues, which she is. But because they like her.
Ronda Lee

Investing in Black Art: Debra Cartwright & Raub Welch

Ronda Lee | July 27, 2016 | Black Voices
The arts enrich our lives so much. When tyrants and dictators want to control a society they begin by censoring the press, banning books, and raiding museums of artifacts and works of art. Nina Simone said, "It is an artist's duty to reflect...
RaVal Davis

The CallBack: Starz's Survivors Remorse Star Teyonah Parris Talks Season 3, The Tough Road to Acting, Plus not Receiving a Callback for A Year

RaVal Davis | July 29, 2016 | Black Voices
I've been A Teyonah Parris fan since she brought Dawn Chambers to life on a little show called Mad Men. The first black woman to work for fictional character Don Draper at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, was feisty, beautiful, and smart, yet real....
Anna Peterson

Black Lives Matter. So Does Power. Following The Rules? Not So Much.

Anna Peterson | July 27, 2016 | Politics
Police violence is not about obeying the police or respecting the law. It's about power: who has it, and whose lives it can end.
Isaac Rouse

Why Luke Cage Is The Hero The African American Community Needs

Isaac Rouse | July 26, 2016 | Black Voices
Luke Cage is a 13-episode Marvel Netflix series releasing late September. The show is based off Marvel Comics' African American superhero Power Man (played by Mike Colter), marking the first black superhero film or series to date from Marvel Studios....
Joshua Adams

We Need To Stop Saying 'We Are All Immigrants'

Joshua Adams | July 26, 2016 | Latino Voices
Let's be careful not erase the histories and contributions of those Americans whose passport was a bill of sale, and those who didn't need a passport in the first place.
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