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The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

Washington Watch: Week 24 -- "After Trayvon Does it Matter?"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

Following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, and recent news concerning the status of people of color in the country (particularly Africa...

Trayvon Martin Is Still 'Our Son,' But What About Our Daughters?

j.n. salters | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While Trayvon's murder sparked much discussion about racism in our country, it should also call attention to sexism, particularly as it intersects with racism to distinctively affect the lives of African-American women.

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

How One Woman Tends The Graves Of African-American Veterans

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

She rakes dead grass off the grave with the three names and one inscription: Forever in Our Hearts. The woman in work gloves and white sun hat picks up the dead grass and stuffs her plastic bag full for another trip to the ravine down the hill. She'll be back this week with her John Deere riding mower to navigate through the buttercupped rows at Annapolis' African-American burial ground.

On Education: The Status Quo Is Not an Option

Asa Craig | Posted 07.17.2013 | Black Voices
Asa Craig

How do we expect our communities and economies to thrive when our young boys and girls are not receiving the education and training that is needed to enter the workforce?

Will Black Women Ever Be Able to Portray Their Own Beauty?

j.n. salters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Style
j.n. salters

Regardless of claims of "paying homage," the message that I am continually getting is that black womanhood is not beautiful unless it is somehow caricatured or manipulated, and I wholeheartedly disagree.

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

Another Tackle in the World of Homophobic Sports

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The African American community desperately needs openly LGBT public role models. We need them to come out and denounce anti-homophobic bullying, vitriol, and discrimination.

Are We Trying to Fill Souls With Soles?

Sabrina Lamb | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Sabrina Lamb

Money was always mysterious to me. As a child, the subject of money was only reserved for 'grown folks.' I knew that my father, a career officer in the United States Army, left home every day for some place called work. Still, I never knew how money was earned or how it affected my life.

C'mon, Michelle Obama, Time to Rock a 'Fro!

Marlon Regis | Posted 05.28.2013 | Black Voices
Marlon Regis

You see, Mrs. FLOTUS, if you rock a 'fro or revert back to your natural hair in the many styles that'll be cool and acceptable, just like you do with the straightened, unnatural hair -- à la bangs -- you could also be making even a bigger move in White House history.

My Message To Brides: You Don't Have To Wear White

j.n. salters | Posted 05.26.2013 | Weddings
j.n. salters

While the idea of marriage may be outdated and tied to patriarchal, gender/sex-biased traditions, it remains an ideal for the majority of Americans

The Anomalistic Life of an African-American Pilot

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 05.21.2013 | Black Voices
Nicolas B. Aziz

I was fascinated when I met pilot Gerry Dupree. This Tennessee native has been to over 75 countries and has flown cargo ranging from standard parcels to live dolphins. Here, I take a dive into his experiences as an African-American pilot.

It's Not Just a Latino Priority: Seeing the Truth About Immigration Reform

Gerry Hudson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

There are about 3 million black immigrants who comprise approximately 9 percent of the nation's foreign-born population. Some of these immigrants have traveled here from poorer countries seeking opportunity; others have sought asylum.

Bayard Rustin in His Own Words: "I Must Resist"

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.14.2013 | Queer Voices
Michael G. Long

This past year we have celebrated the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, the brilliant strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and ...

Progress Is Still Possible for Workers Battling an Unfair System

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Too many working people across the country have to hope for overtime, string together two or three jobs or rely on public benefits to financially stay afloat. Contractors and corporations are reaping the benefits of a productive workforce yet they aren't equitably sharing those rewards.

The United States and Africa: Hopes for the President's Second Term

Rev. Derrick Boykin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Derrick Boykin

The United States has played a meaningful role in Africa's progress. As President Barack Obama's second term begins, AAVA urges him to ensure that our nation's policies toward Africa make justice and equal partnership key principles of engagement.

The Forgotten "Father of Emancipation"

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 03.30.2013 | Home
Harlow Giles Unger

More than twenty years before Lincoln ever uttered the word "emancipation," the courageous sixth President of the United States -- John Quincy Adams -- masterminded the U.S. Supreme Court victory that made the Emancipation Proclamation possible.

Are African Americans Changing Their Mind About Gay Marriage?

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Last month, Jet -- a magazine marketed to African-American population -- featured their first gay male couple in their wedding announcements. The announcement may be a sign that African-American attitudes towards gay marriage may be turning around.

Janell Ross

The Road Forward: Black America Struggles To Get On Obama Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Less than a month after President Barack Obama won his second term, the National Urban League summoned Bernard Anderson to a meeting in ...

Silently Shouting: Strengthening the Voice of the African Diaspora

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.01.2013 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

It would be amazing for the Diaspora to show leadership in breaking down some of these ethnic and religious barriers that are present in contemporary African politics.

Homeland Time in America

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Janet Langhart Cohen

We established no fly zones and no drive zones in Iraq and Libya, but we tolerate drive by shooting zones in our inner cities. This policy of deliberate neglect is shameful and must stop.

We Are The 100 Percent

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.30.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

As Election Day approaches, much of the nation must surely be experiencing Percent Fatigue. Permit me to inject one more into the mix in an effort to bring this cycle to its necessary fruition: In the end, this election is about the 100 Percent.

PHOTOS: 19th Century Letters Depict African-American's Lives

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.03.2012 | Black Voices

Life for an African-American southerner was a mixed bag of "troubles" and personal success circa 1841, experiences revealed in a series of 27 handwrit...