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Segun Garuba-Okelarin

What Is Beauty? And What's Your Definition of Your Beauty?

Segun Garuba-Okelarin | May 2, 2016 | UK Style
I say beauty comes from within - you are beauty and beauty is you. You are a masterpiece - a work of art. There is only one you, made up of your genes and life experiences. And there will never be another.
Megan Dowd Lambert

Please Stop Asking Where My Brown Kids Are From

Megan Dowd Lambert | May 2, 2016 | Parents
I'm a white mother of six children, five of whom are children of color, and four of whom came home to our family through foster-adoption.
Andy Thayer

The President vs. the Black Lives Matter Movement

Andy Thayer | May 2, 2016 | Chicago
After two years of taking little notice of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists' actual demands, let alone implementing them, President Obama has now lambasted the movement for simply "yelling" about the issue.
Kevin Allred

White People Need to Talk About Beyoncé's Lemonade

Kevin Allred | May 2, 2016 | Black Voices
As white people, we need to be talking about the system we set up that caused and continues to inflict pain and brutality against black bodies.
Shawn Dove

The Paradox of Promise and Peril for America's Black Men and Boys

Shawn Dove | May 2, 2016 | Impact
The past year has been a profoundly paradoxical one, mixed with ample doses of both progression and painful reflection for the Black Male Achievement field.
The Good Men Project

When Your Unhappy Wife Says It's Not About You, She's Lying

The Good Men Project | May 2, 2016 | Divorce
I spend my life working with entrepreneurial women who prefer not to go home. I am going to share a few of the things they tell me that a man may never guess would be a problem.
Ernest Owens

5 Brilliant Ideas Dr. Kingsley Fletcher Taught Me About Connecting to Africa

Ernest Owens | May 2, 2016 | Black Voices
As Black America begins to tap into a new consciousness of our identity, much of that is owed to Africa. We haven't had much conversation about our cross-continental relationship with the Motherland as a collective unit, and that baffles me. Still in 2016,...
Laurie David

It's Time for Soda's Superstar Songsters to Change Their Tune

Laurie David | May 2, 2016 | Entertainment
I don't believe Selena Gomez or Andra Day would intentionally harm a single child, and yet their association with Coke will inevitably set millions of children on a path to poor health. We can't go on letting these stars use their cachet to hook our kids.
Linda Coles

Leaving a Legacy

Linda Coles | May 2, 2016 | Impact
Every year some 150,000 to 300,000 businesses owned at least in part by Boomers have owners that hit retirement age. Together they employ millions of Americans. Like many other retiring Boomers, we worried A Child's Place might be downsized by a new owner or have to close.
Ashley Gail Terrell

Actress Rachel True On Her Career, 'Half & Half', Quality Roles For Older Black Actresses

Ashley Gail Terrell | May 2, 2016 | Black Voices
Rachel True, in the heart of black culture, is a beloved "carefree black girl" like Cree Summer and Lisa Bonet who grace television and movies in the 90s and 2000s, showing another perspective of womanhood and free spirited blackness. She is known...
Clarence B. Jones

Walking & Talking Where Political Angels Fear To Tread

Clarence B. Jones | April 30, 2016 | Black Voices
Recent television pictures of protesters outside a rally of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Burlingame, CA, showed them carrying the flag of Mexico on sovereign US soil. This reminded me, yet again, of the domestic political time bomb of illegal immigration amidst our Presidential election this coming November. The...
Brandi Miller

The Church Needs 'Lemonade'

Brandi Miller | April 29, 2016 | Religion
A Black woman released an hour of Black Excellence and because it had language, challenging truth, and storytelling around the Black experience, it no longer "counted" as a place to engage the gospel narrative. When the narrative of scripture affirms and validates the Black narrative, it is called a skewed gospel.
Marian Wright Edelman

Hope Is Waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court

Marian Wright Edelman | April 29, 2016 | Politics
Texas and 25 other states filed a lawsuit to block President Obama's November 2014 executive action to help keep immigrant families together. The DAPA and expanded DACA initiatives would help parents remain in the U.S. temporarily to work, further their education, and support their families.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

VP Pick Can Make or Break Clinton and Trump

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | April 29, 2016 | Politics
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz gave irrelevance to the oft-quoted line from Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 Vice President pick John Nance Garner, who famously said the vice presidency "is not worth a warm bucket of spit," or some such variance of that.
Jason Hernandez

You Serve Your Time, Earn Your Freedom, Then the Job Market Shuts the Door in Your Face

Jason Hernandez | April 29, 2016 | Politics
I'd heard that it's hard for those who have served time to find work, but I was confident because I thought I had the skills I needed to get my life back on track and become a productive member of my community. I had no idea that the job market is barricaded against people like me.
Kadia Blagrove

5 Things People Blew Out of Proportion About "Lemonade"

Kadia Blagrove | April 29, 2016 | Black Voices
Beyonce uses her culture as the backdrop and her real life as the inspiration behind the characters. Let's just enjoy "Lemonade" for the honest, raw, unapologetic, magical masterpiece that it is. Stop being so sour.
Stephen Grant

AFRO BRASIL: A Conversation About Shared Struggles

Stephen Grant | April 29, 2016 | Black Voices
I moved to Brazil a little over a year ago, but it didn't take long for me to see that Afro-Brazilians face many of the same issues of racism and injustice as African Americans. After listening to their experiences on race and identity, I decided to film their stories and share with the site, Seven Scribes. In the documentary AFRO BRASIL, I spoke with 6 unique Afro-Brazilians about racism, higher education, culture and much more. Through in-depth conversations with black artists, entrepreneurs, educators and students, AFRO BRASIL introduces viewers to a side of Brazil and its culture that is underrepresented in international media channels, and also in...
The Well

A House Divided: Exploring Rifts Within the Black Community

The Well | April 29, 2016 | Black Voices
This post is by Elaine Fletcher and originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell's editorial hub. Seven is my lucky number. Seven was also the number of Black students in my 400-person graduating class in high school....
Chevonne Harris

5 Clapbacks to Anyone Not Sipping the Lemonade

Chevonne Harris | April 29, 2016 | Black Voices
While most of the world rejoiced at Lemonade's authenticity and rawness, some found it to be a little, well, sour. They weren't ready. Weren't ready for Bey the black feminist. Bey who wants more from a man than to get her bodied. If you weren't in formation, Lemonade was a lot.
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Being Black and the Caribbean's Self Identity

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | April 29, 2016 | Black Voices
Self identity is a personal issue. How a person self identifies is really a matter of their own concern. I, myself, have self identified a number of ways throughout my life. Anyone that tried to put me in a box really pissed me off. Nobody can tell me who I...
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