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Paul Schwennesen

On Slavery

Paul Schwennesen | January 30, 2015 | Black Voices
The 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery is clearly worthy of celebration. Yet abolition did not have to take so long, do so little, or at such an awful cost.
Kimberly Cooper

Cinema's Lessons on Race: Beyond Black or White

Kimberly Cooper | January 30, 2015 | Entertainment
I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine?
Laura Dunn

Women in Business Q&A: Wendy Williams

Laura Dunn | January 30, 2015 | Business
"I don't have celebrities in my phone or on my speed dial. When I finish The Wendy Williams Show I head back home to New Jersey. I like to be home with my family."
Nasir Fleming

From New York to NOLA: A Moral Obligation to Give Back

Nasir Fleming | January 30, 2015 | Teen
We often think that issues are irrelevant because they do not directly affect us, but we forget that we can easily be the ones in an unfortunate situation at any moment.
The OpEd Project

How Important Is It to See Minorities in Movies?

The OpEd Project | January 30, 2015 | Teen
We need to tell new stories. We need to see new actors who look, sound and act like the real America. Racism is not just a concept. It is as staring down at us from the big and small screens.
Jaleesa Jones

Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman Are Black Heroes

Jaleesa Jones | January 30, 2015 | Black Voices
The systematic iteration of the word "thug" in reference to black bodies is problematic because it perpetuates white supremacist ideologies about black people, namely that we are pathological, violent and lawless.
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Maryland Graduation Rate Hits Record High

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | January 30, 2015 | Education
More than 86 percent of students in Maryland are earning diplomas within four years, a record-high graduation rate for the state, according to data released Tuesday. Maryland state officials celebrated the achievement, noting that the rate has risen more than four percentage points since 2010.
Kali Nicole Gross

#BlackLivesMatter Should Contend With Community Violence, Too

Kali Nicole Gross | January 30, 2015 | Black Voices
Connecting community violence to the movement for accountability for police brutality would help call attention to the disproportionate violence experienced by all kinds of black women, and girls and it would also create a space to more closely interrogate the detrimental aspects of police abdication on black communities.
Irene Monroe

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | January 30, 2015 | Gay Voices
For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.
Lev Raphael

Why Did Scandal Dumb Down Olivia Pope?

Lev Raphael | January 30, 2015 | Entertainment
Twice in one show, the writers turned a fast-thinking, amazingly intelligent woman into the basic dumb female in a thriller. All they left out was mindless shrieking, but they did still turn her into Olivia Dope.
S. L. Young

The Club Nobody Wants to Join: Mothers With Sons in Prison

S. L. Young | January 30, 2015 | Black Voices
There aren't any justifiable reasons that the alarming school-to-prison pipeline trends should continue. These systemic issues don't just take a village to address; it takes a nation and a world to resolve any ongoing and preventable injustices.
Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul

Two Years Later, Chicago Recalls Hadiya Pendleton's Promise

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul | January 30, 2015 | Chicago
The national sense of urgency over the reckless violence that two years ago yesterday took the life of an honor roll student like Hadiya Pendleton -- who just a week earlier had performed at President Obama's inauguration -- has vanished. Yet there are signs of change here in Chicago, however gradual.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

GOP Holds and Will Continue to Hold Lynch Hostage to Holder

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | January 29, 2015 | Politics
The fact that she's forced to play the role of the Holder antithesis says less about Lynch than it does about the ruthless determination of GOP congressional leaders to purge any and all residue of Holder's effective, and much need activist tenure as Attorney General from political life.
Vanessa Cardenas

Early Education Is Everyone's Issue

Vanessa Cardenas | January 29, 2015 | Education
This is not just an educational but an economic issue and as such, every segment of society should support the president's efforts to find ways to expand early childhood education access for all children.
Joseph Bishop

The Right Fight for Education

Joseph Bishop | January 30, 2015 | Education
A gulf remains today in our nation between the "haves" and "have-nots," and there are few examples as glaring as the disparities that exist in our public schools.
Marc H. Morial

It's Time for Hollywood to Act Like Diversity Matters

Marc H. Morial | January 29, 2015 | Black Voices
This is about more than awards deferred; it is about dreams deferred. It is about the lack of racial and gender diversity we find both behind the screen and in front of it. It is about the inevitable way the Academy's membership roll directly influences who gets nominated and who wins.
Bernice A. King

What's in a Name: Senate Subcommittee Drops 'Civil Rights and Human Rights' From Name

Bernice A. King | January 29, 2015 | Politics
I am disheartened by the decision made by Senator John Cornyn, the incoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, to remove "Civil Rights" and "Human Rights" from the name of the Subcommittee.
Brennon Marcano

Diversifying Hollywood About More Than the Academy Awards

Brennon Marcano | January 29, 2015 | Entertainment
Though we call it "entertainment" what we see in movies and on TV drives the broader cultural conversation and has an important place in our society. Now, more than ever, it's important that women and people of color are a part of that exchange.

25 Financial Terms Everyone Should Know

LearnVest | January 29, 2015 | Money
Do you know your AGI from your ARM from your PMI? Or does the mere mention of those acronyms make you go, "Huh?" If you don't speak personal finance, don't worry -- we're here to help.
One Billion Rising

My Husband Was Murdered -- But It Gave Me the Strength to Save My Country's Girls

One Billion Rising | January 29, 2015 | Impact
I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.
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