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Christopher Driscoll

An Obituary for Whiteness

Christopher Driscoll | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Despite such an illustrious career, he sought to live in relative obscurity and out of the spotlight. Only in death, and the pain felt by this loss, is his full impact on those around him being realized.
The Heller School

A New Direction for Juveniles Serving Life Sentences

The Heller School | February 12, 2016 | Crime
Thousands of individuals who were subjected to harsh penalties as children now have the possibility of release. The question now remains of what their future entails.
T. Better Baldwin

To Pimp A BeyHive

T. Better Baldwin | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
While Beyonce's SuperBowl performance seems to be the new litmus test for racism, what fascinates me most is the conviction of worship. Last weekend did not disappoint my inner-anthropologist as I watched the sheeple take formation to protect their shepherd.
Shana Swain

To My Beautiful Afro-haired Babies

Shana Swain | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Hair does not define you. You define you. And I am certain that both of you will take this world and make it yours and leave the less important stuff to someone else. When they make comments about your dark skin and your curly hair, find your way to let them know this is you, and you are here to stay.
Mark Charles Hardie

Fear of White Privilege: Open Letter to Pope Francis

Mark Charles Hardie | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Unfair and hateful treatment has caused me spiritual stress. I ask His Holiness Pope Francis to pray for me. I also ask for the direct intervention of His Holiness in my request for citizenship in Vatican City.
Mark Charles Hardie

A Poor Man's View of Donald Trump

Mark Charles Hardie | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
I wonder if Mr. Trump can relate to the pain of a man like myself; a man who owns nothing, raised in dilapidated housing, and exposed to the poor nightmare of the American Dream.
Keith Rushing

Coal Ash Dump in Alabama's Black Belt -- Another Symbol of Racism's Staying Power

Keith Rushing | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Esther Calhoun crumpled tissue and wiped away tears, last week, as she told a federal commission what it was like to live next to a mountain of hazardous waste. "If you come to Uniontown, [Alabama] you'll see this mountain of coal ash," Esther said. "You would see that no one...
Society for Women's Health Research

February Is a Time for Celebrating Black History, Heart Health...and Clinical Trials?

Society for Women's Health Research | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
By Andrea L. Lowe, MPH, SWHR Health Policy and Public Health Liaison February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month. In support of both events, the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®) would like to take the time to encourage African American women to...
Shannon Barber

Dear Phil: About That Joke, Bro

Shannon Barber | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
I'm an unashamed metalhead, but I want to talk about Phil Anselmo, racism and why I don't even touch any sort of metal community anymore. The problem isn't entirely the shitty joke. he problem is that a lot of his fans in particular, don't think it's a joke.
Lorraine Toussaint

Why You Should Indulge Yourself This Valentine's Day

Lorraine Toussaint | February 12, 2016 | Women
I've spent many a Valentine's Day alone, while utterly indulging myself in ways that thrilled and titillated and pleasured me.
Regina N. Bradley

Getting in Line: Working Through Beyonce's 'Formation'

Regina N. Bradley | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
What type of south is Beyoncé trying to get us to see and hear? Are we still in the Beyhive or down in the fire ant pit? I'd put money on the latter, and a lot of folks ain't comfortable with that. It's cool. "Formation" ain't for everybody.
Benji Hart

Our Obsession With Black Celebrity Is Undermining Our Movement

Benji Hart | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Celebration and distraction are not the same thing. Taking time to step back from our difficult realities to rejoice, heal and love together is crucial. Investing in corporate fantasies and confusing them with our movements is detrimental.

[Interview] Robert Townsend Stays in the Shuffle | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Robert Townsend is not the brash young upstart he once was in the 1980s. After a four-decade stage, film and television career that includes the indie hit Hollywood Shuffle, the affable multi-hyphenate stays busier than ever.
Forest Whitaker

Securing a Future for Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker | February 12, 2016 | World
We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.
Elle Hearns

Sister to Sister: Black Women Solidarity

Elle Hearns | February 12, 2016 | Black Voices
We are so committed to protecting Black masculinity and Black men. We rarely think about how vulnerable Black women and Black femininity are. Why are we more invested in protecting Black masculinity than we are in protecting ourselves from Black masculinity?
Christina Fialho

Words Beyond Walls: Je Suis un Réfugié

Christina Fialho | February 11, 2016 | Black Voices
For years, Emmanuel Zessa fought for abandoned children, refugees, and women displaced by war and violence in his home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Clarence B. Jones

A Moment of Truth and An Historic Challenge

Clarence B. Jones | February 11, 2016 | Black Voices
Both campaigns in Nevada and South Carolina will take their respective messages to a potentially significant number of Hispanic and African-American voters. The rhetoric of both campaigns seems to be telling prospective voters that THEY are THE candidate that "deserves" their vote for several similar and distinct reasons.
Ramin Ganeshram

Why the Banning of 'A Birthday Cake for George Washington' Really Matters

Ramin Ganeshram | February 11, 2016 | Books
There is more at stake here than the future of one author or one picture book. Most pressing is the question of whether we can ever reach a place in our society where questions of race can be openly and objectively discussed, especially with our children.
JimDre Westbrook

The Virginity Bet

JimDre Westbrook | February 11, 2016 | Black Voices
During high school, two of my closest friends were also virgins. We all made a pact to remain virgins until marriage. After one lost his v-card senior year of high school and the other while in college, I was the last man standing.
Stephen Maloney

The Real River Road: The Lives of the Enslaved at Whitney Plantation

Stephen Maloney | February 11, 2016 | Black Voices
For John Cummings, the only way to deal with slavery is to educate the general public about the realities of it, which he has done by inverting the typical plantation-visit experience. "We have to use this to educate people so that they will understand what the facts of slavery were," he said.
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