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Ibram X. Kendi

The 11 Most Racist U.S. Presidents

Ibram X. Kendi | May 27, 2016 | Black Voices
He certainly would face a substantial amount of competition on the racist front. There have been many frightfully racist U.S. presidents in American history. Here are the 11 most racist U.S. presidents of all time.
Brent Thomas Whiteside

What I Learned From Wearing My Dad's Old Denim Jacket

Brent Thomas Whiteside | May 27, 2016 | Black Voices
These clothes held a special meaning, they've traveled with him from when he was my age until now. Out of all of the clothes that I borrowed, there's one item that I managed to hold onto - his old denim jacket. I left home with that jacket and moved across the country. Who would have thought, so much could be taken away from an old tattered denim jacket?
Rep. Charles Rangel

Continuing the Legacy of Harlem Hellfighters

Rep. Charles Rangel | May 27, 2016 | Black Voices
For many years, Black soldiers fought in segregated regiments. While they were fighting to defend America, America was not fighting to defend them. Our community should be proud to be home of the 369th Infantry division, an all-Black army unit from Harlem.
Charlene Haparimwi

Trigger Warning: Rape

Charlene Haparimwi | May 27, 2016 | Women
"Trigger warning: rape" is for those who cannot talk about what has happened to them. I want you to know that you are not alone, you cannot be silenced, this isn't your fault, you are not dirty or unlovable and you will get through this.
Shane Paul Neil

Analog Lover in a Digital Age: Why I'm Learning to Hate Dating Apps

Shane Paul Neil | May 27, 2016 | Divorce
The last time I went on a date as a single man my companion and I exchanged pager numbers. Once smitten, I called her dorm room and recited a poem I wrote for her on her answering machine. This was only after purchasing a long distance calling card. Roughly eighteen years and one child later I find myself again single and to be frank, I'm too old for this sh*t.
Marian Wright Edelman

Original Child Bomb

Marian Wright Edelman | May 27, 2016 | Politics
The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have not produced eternal peace. Instead they opened a Pandora's box that can never be fully locked back up.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Idaho Rape Case Screams for a Racial Hate Crime Prosecution

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | May 27, 2016 | Black Voices
The grisly facts about the alleged rape made brief headlines only after the student's adopted parents filed a $10 million lawsuit against just about everybody at the school -- coaches, administrators, staff -- that allegedly knew about the rape, and much more, yet said and did nothing about it.
JimDre Westbrook

Courting Season Is Better Than Cuffin' Season

JimDre Westbrook | May 27, 2016 | Black Voices
If dating and Cuffin' Season hasn't worked for you, perhaps try a new season: Courting Season.
Steve Siebold

Class Valedictorian Treated Like a High School Failure; No Critical Thinking on The Part of School Officials

Steve Siebold | May 26, 2016 | Black Voices
What happened to Andrew Jones demonstrates such a lack of critical thinking, it's unbelievable. It's time we check delusion at the door and start operating from objective reality. It's time we put our efforts into solving problems that really matter. It's time we become critical thinkers.
Åsa Skogström Feldt

Ending Hunger for Good

Åsa Skogström Feldt | May 27, 2016 | Impact
On May 28, groups around the world will come together to honor World Hunger Day, a day that aims to raise awareness about the 795 million people who live in chronic hunger worldwide. It is also a day to foster a dialogue on sustainable solutions to ending hunger.
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Has Integration In Schools Done More Harm Than Good for Black Learners?

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | May 26, 2016 | Black Voices
Even as there are numerous advantages in having as diverse a classrooms, for some learners benefit from culturally affirming environments and being surrounded by others who look like them.
Stephanie R. Caudle

She Doesn't Look Like Me: The Decline of Black CEOs in Fortune 500 Companies

Stephanie R. Caudle | May 26, 2016 | Black Voices
In an amazing country where we had recently made history by electing our very first African American president it was unfathomable as to why there was such a small number of African American CEOs at Fortune 500 Companies.
Jarrett L. Carter

College Affordability is Ideal Cover for GOP Playbook on HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | May 26, 2016 | Black Voices
Legislators in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida have made headlines over the last two weeks for introducing or signing into law bills designed to help families more easily afford college.
Beyond Classically Beautiful

Is The Face Of Young Black Feminism Light Skinned And Biracial?

Beyond Classically Beautiful | May 26, 2016 | Black Voices
It's true-the face of the young, celebrated, modern-day black feminist is light skinned, or biracial. Think Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith, and Zendaya Coleman. It's also true that it's been the the aesthetic of popular black feminists in the past. Think Angela Davis and bell hooks.
Timeica Bethel

Empathy for the Young Black Men in Chicago

Timeica Bethel | May 26, 2016 | Chicago
When I saw this news story on Facebook, I clicked to read the comments below the article. Many people offered condolences and remarked on how alarming the gun violence rate in Chicago has become. One particular comment thread caught my eye.
Gwen E. Samuel

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned - Right?

Gwen E. Samuel | May 25, 2016 | Black Voices
Black, Brown and poor communities across the United States deserve your commitment to "ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans," this includes ensuring equity in education because the constitution does not end at the school house door and you do know Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned, right!
John Sims

Burn and Bury Memorial: Birth of a Ritual

John Sims | May 25, 2016 | Black Voices
I propose that we Burn and Bury the Confederate flag every Memorial Day as a way to send a powerful message to ourselves as a nation that the Civil War is over, and the days of the Confederate flag and white supremacy are numbered.
Michelle Boachieansah Norton

We've Been In Formation: New Artist Lish's Black Superhero Music

Michelle Boachieansah Norton | May 25, 2016 | Black Voices
Before Beyoncé's ode of unapologetically standing firm, unapologetically being proud, hot sauce in her bag, and more importantly not being controlled by long centuries of negative portrayals and ideologies that have been systematically pushed concerning Black people, there was Lish
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

On the "A" w/Souleo: Maxwell and Estelle Help MoCADA Celebrate Art & Activism

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | May 25, 2016 | Black Voices
To find out what The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) means to its loyal supporters all you need to do is ask. That's exactly what executive director, James Bartlett did at the museum's 2nd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball held on May 19 at the Brooklyn Academy...
Joy Moses

Black Women Creators Are Giving the Angry Black Woman Life

Joy Moses | May 25, 2016 | Black Voices
A legacy of being devalued and forced to endure horrible injustices is continuing to morph into a story of radical survival, empowerment, and healing. In the words of Lemonade, "So we're going to heal. We're going to start again . . . The audience applauds but we can't hear them."
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