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Angela Glover Blackwell

A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

Angela Glover Blackwell | October 6, 2015 | Black Voices
As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate these atrocities and have, instead, ignited conversations about transforming policing and overcoming systemic racial injustice.
Jana Riess

The Mormon Church Missed An Opportunity To Engage Race, International Diversity

Jana Riess | October 5, 2015 | Religion
All of our 12 apostles are white, our nine female auxiliary leaders are white, and most of the members of the Quorum of the Seventy are white.
Deborah N. Archer

Playing the Long Game: Fisher v. University of Texas and the Future of Race-Conscious Admissions Programs

Deborah N. Archer | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
We should all be paying close attention to the Fisher case, not just because of what it means for future of diversity at the University of Texas, but because of the potential impact it could have on the ability of colleges and universities across the country to welcome student bodies that reflect the full diversity of America.
Willie J Parker

When Silence Is Violence

Willie J Parker | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
While I advocate for the detection of victims of IPV in health care settings, it is even more important that each of us in this society, as neighbors, friends, parents, and siblings, become aware of this atrocity in our midst, and pledge the abandonment of bystander status when it comes to stopping violence.
Rev. Al Sharpton

Reducing Gun Violence and Reforming Our Criminal Justice System Simultaneously

Rev. Al Sharpton | October 5, 2015 | Politics
I can cite facts and figures all day long depicting the disparity in which different communities are policed, who gets stopped, who gets frisked, who gets arrested, who can afford an attorney and what actual crime rates are broken down by various categories including race and ethnicity. Bottom line is, our criminal justice system is unbalanced, broken and in need of immediate repair.
Nika C. Beamon

Laughter Through the Pain

Nika C. Beamon | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
So, in honor of what would've been Bernie's 58th birthday, the Bernie Mac Foundation is asking everyone to wear purple on October 5th. Purple is the color of Sarcoidosis awareness. I'm going to wear it; that's the least I can do to repay him for all he gave me. How about you?
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors.

How to Man Up After Getting Knocked Down | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
There are days in a man's life he never forgets: the births of his children, his first and last games in competitive sports and the moment he's informed that he's out of a job. The latter, of course, is a tough pill to swallow
Fania E. Davis

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Through Restorative Justice

Fania E. Davis | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
Our schools are creating pipelines to violence and incarceration instead of pathways to opportunity and success. Once ensnared, it's hard to escape from the system; juvenile incarceration is the strongest predictor of adult incarceration.
Lakin Starling

What Cosmopolitan's Kardashian Cover Says About Black Erasure in America

Lakin Starling | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
In between the lines of the glossy pages touched with the Kardashian spell, the Obamas have been blurred out for a family that has not used their stan-factor to offer any substantial social impact in this country.
Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

The Clinton, NY, Prison Experiment

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD | October 5, 2015 | Black Voices
Last month I headed to my local cinema to see "The Stanford Prison Experiment," based, of course, on Prof. Phlilp Zimbardo's 1971 psychology investigation of the effects of a simulated carceral setting on average college students.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Oregon Massacre Won't Shake NRA Stranglehold

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | October 4, 2015 | Politics
Obama didn't single out Congressional Republicans as the prime culprits, but it was strongly implied that he meant them in the congressional genuflection to the NRA. Clinton, however, did finger Republicans as the culprits and vowed to go after the GOP if elected. Clinton and Obama are right, but both left this out in their targets. In 2010, 53 Democrats took tens of thousands in campaign cash from the NRA.
Courtney Francis

As Someone Who Is BAME and LGBT, I Feel a Duty to Share My Journey

Courtney Francis | October 4, 2015 | UK Lifestyle
For me, being of Caribbean heritage has made me feel an innate pressure to present myself a particular way. Growing up my parents, relatives, and close family friends all held strong cultural and traditional beliefs that influenced how we all felt about subjects relating to anything LGBT.
Sara Abbas

Why It Matters That Ahmed Mohamed Is Both Black and Muslim

Sara Abbas | October 2, 2015 | Black Voices
The media's focus in the Ahmed Mohamed story has been on Obama's invitation to the teenager to visit the White House. But the response is symptomatic of what America is prone to do: turn these kind of stories into a greeting card -- "Sorry you were profiled. Know that you are precious." That's just not enough anymore.
Russell Simmons

Why I March! #JusticeOrElse

Russell Simmons | October 2, 2015 | Politics
We have little time to argue over the man or one individual, when our people are dying every day, at the hands of our system or at the hands of each other.
Adebukola Ajao

Young entrepreneur Salute Redefines What it Is to Be an Urban Male

Adebukola Ajao | October 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Young Entrepreneur Salute (Y.E.S.) hosted its "Redefined Summit" this past weekend. An exclusive weekend summit inclusive of thought provoking panel discussions leading up to an award ceremony that the young men affiliated with this organization will never forget.
J. Luke Wood

Train the Janitor: An Out-of-the-Box Approach for Black Male Success

J. Luke Wood | October 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Let's be honest, the current interventions and strategies focused on Black boys and men in education are not working. From elementary school to doctoral study, Black males in school settings are often marginalized, typically alienated, and repeatedly treated with hostility.
Betty Ming Liu

Why Immigrants Matter: 50th Anniversary of 1965 Immigration Act

Betty Ming Liu | October 5, 2015 | Politics
It's time to claim our birthright as second gens, and to acknowledge our parents as first-generation pioneers. Anything less makes us perpetual outsiders, the "other" who never belongs.
Aleichia Williams

The Unexpected Beauty of Going Natural

Aleichia Williams | October 2, 2015 | Women
It's hard to put into words the significance a woman's hair often symbolizes in her life. I've always understood this. However, I think I understood it most four months ago when I held the scissors to my head and cut my hair to expose my natural texture for the first time in my adult life.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In Spite of Political Assaults, Hillary Won't Fail

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | October 2, 2015 | Politics
Given the massive and relentless political assault on Clinton, she should be, as much of the media giddily taunts, a political dead duck.
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