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xoJANE

I Wasn't Prepared for the Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black

xoJANE | March 28, 2015 | Women
On my Tumblr blog I've gotten creepy messages, and had my personal photos posted on ebony fetish blogs. Some might say that the solution to avoiding this kind behavior is to delete my blog or my profile, to block the guys I don't like and focus on the ones I do.
Virginia Johnson

Does Ballet Have a Color?

Virginia Johnson | March 27, 2015 | Arts
It is so odd to feel like an outsider on an issue that touched my life so profoundly and was at least a part of what Arthur Mitchell set out to address 46 years ago when he and Karel Shook cofounded The Dance Theatre of Harlem in the basement of a church in Harlem.
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | March 27, 2015 | Religion
The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.
Michael Sainato

Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

Michael Sainato | March 27, 2015 | Black Voices
The arches of Yellowstone National Park at the park entrance displays the Theodore Roosevelt quote, "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Despite Roosevelt's rhetoric, the national parks' missions have lacked focus towards African Americans for decades.
Elwood D. Watson

It Will Take More Than a Cup of Coffee to Address the Thorny Issue of Race in America

Elwood D. Watson | March 27, 2015 | Politics
Over the past couple weeks, much of the mainstream media and bloggersphere had been abuzz with frenzied commentary to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's efforts to encourage baristas to discuss the issue of race with customers.
Kali Nicole Gross

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Kali Nicole Gross | March 27, 2015 | Black Voices
Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.
Elizabeth Holtzman

John Perdew: A Great Civil Rights Activist

Elizabeth Holtzman | March 27, 2015 | Black Voices
John's life has a lesson for us today. His struggle -- our struggle -- for a just society, for true equality and respect -- is not over. Far from it. All we have to look at is the widespread assault on the Voting Rights Act today. But like him, we cannot walk away; we cannot give up.
Bernice A. King

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | March 27, 2015 | Politics
Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.
Carl Jeffers

Note to Stephen A. Smith, Stick to Sports -- Not Politics!

Carl Jeffers | March 26, 2015 | Politics
We all have our areas of specific and recognized expertise, and to that end it is always advisable to maximize our credibility and stature within our area of expertise as we are then subject to far less questioning and challenges than when we venture outside of that area.
Chayet Chiénin

Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

Chayet Chiénin | March 26, 2015 | Black Voices
Say goodbye to the Olsen twins-- and hello to these sibling pairs, who are bringing their own unique vision to the world of African-influenced fashion.
Jason Williams

Not Quite the Big One: 'Sanford and Son' 38 Years Later

Jason Williams | March 27, 2015 | Entertainment
Thirty-eight years ago this week, Sanford and Son ended its historic television run after 136 groundbreaking episodes. The show was anchored by the incomparable Redd Foxx and then-rising-star Demond Wilson.
Ernest Owens

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | March 26, 2015 | Black Voices
Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.
Rashad Robinson

Deadline's Dangerous Take on Hollywood Diversity

Rashad Robinson | March 26, 2015 | Black Voices
It feels like Hollywood is finally starting to get what so many of us knew all along; audiences want to see diversity. Yet somehow, at this exciting moment of progress for the industry, Deadline Hollywood found it appropriate to publish what can only be described as a call for regression.
Eric Cooper

March Madness: A Game Plan for Higher Education and College Athletes

Eric Cooper | March 26, 2015 | Black Voices
Helping student-athletes understand how the brain works should enable them to view the brain as something that can be strengthened and optimized, like the body. Through hard work and training, academic skills can develop in tandem with physical abilities.
Damon Young

It's Great Mo'ne Davis Had It in Her to Forgive That Guy. But Still, F**k That Guy.

Damon Young | March 27, 2015 | Women
There's nothing to be happy about -- no feel-good takeaways -- when a middle school girl gets insulted by a man and has to speak up for him so he can continue a baseball career no one gives a fuck about. She is not supposed to be anyone's savior or protector. We need to be saving and protecting her.
Gary Pieters

Memorializing Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Gary Pieters | March 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
It is a fact of history that African people were enslaved, sold and brought to North America, Europe and the Caribbean through the exploitative and brutal economic enterprise of slavery, slave-trading and empire-building
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Stephen A. Smith's GOP Delusion Is Nothing New

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | March 26, 2015 | Black Voices
Stephen A. Smith is just the latest in a long line to peddle the delusion that the GOP can change its ways and become an open-arms party for blacks.
Byron Williams

Economic Poverty Is Bolstered by Moral Deprivation

Byron Williams | March 25, 2015 | Politics
The preferred modus operandi is to define poverty as a collection of lethargic, uninspired individuals who simply wait for the government to provide them with "free stuff," blaming the existing phenomenon on President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty," or to simply say nothing.
Sheena C. Howard

RE: Are You Black first? #GayAgenda

Sheena C. Howard | March 25, 2015 | Gay Voices
More germane, if you are a negro and part of the LGBT community, step aside; we need to register you as a person fighting for the black cause or the gay cause, pick one -- you can't do both. These are mutually exclusive.
Cornell William Brooks

Reaching the Finish Line

Cornell William Brooks | March 25, 2015 | Black Voices
In our everyday fights to silence the racist chants of misguided college students and stifle overaggressive police who racially profile black children, we must reach the finish line. The next generation should never have to question whether their lives matter.
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