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African American Women

Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Catherine Y. Spong

When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters?

Jenee Darden | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jenee Darden

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters is the play I've been waiting for. In her one-woman show, actress and writer Echo Brown, 31, powerfully shares her personal experience of love, sexuality, interracial dating, abuse, race and so much more.

3 Things Successful African-American Women Do Differently in Business

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Melissa J. Nixon

"How do I grow my business to reach the seven- or eight-figure revenue mark?" For African-American women entrepreneurs, sometimes this aspirational goal can seem light years away as we watch peers who have greater access to resources that help push them past us to the finish line.

Who Am I Without My Uterus? The Psychological, Social and Cultural Stigmas of Hysterectomy

Alicia Armeli MSEd MSN RDN CHLC | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Armeli MSEd MSN RDN CHLC

The experiences of women who undergo hysterectomy have not been given adequate attention -- especially in the area of how reproductive organs can provide a sense of identity to women.

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case

Healing From Depression With the Use of Mindfulness Behavior

Minaa B | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

A life of healing can exist after depression, and self-harm. You must first be patient with yourself, trust yourself, and silence the parts of yourself that try to persuade you to think less of yourself.

Misty Copeland Behind-the-Scenes Video Features Music From Wolf Bradley

Richard Corman | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts
Richard Corman

Misty interpreted that encounter with so much power and grace that all I could think of for weeks afterwards was a flawless artist dancing effortlessly in this rare setting. I just couldn't find the music to reflect her beauty and make the video come alive.

There Is a Ferguson Near You

Leah Gunning Francis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Leah Gunning Francis

I interviewed more than two-dozen clergy and young activists that helped fuel the movement for racial justice in Ferguson, and listened to their stories about what and why they did what they did.

Will Sandra Bland's Case Finally Make Black Women's Lives Matter?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

It is terrifying to consider that it takes the body of a black woman hanging dead in a jail cell -- over a traffic violation no less -- to finally get national attention on the issue of racist, police brutality against us.

Charleston Massacre and Anti-Black State Violence Fueled By the Same Racist Beliefs

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day commemorated for having the last enslaved Blacks freed in America, it's time we seriously address the vitriolic legacies of white supremacy.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

How Putting One Foot in Front of the Other Is Saving the African-American Community

NationSwell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact

Through long conversations with her friend and eventual GirlTrek co-founder Vanessa Garrison, Dixon discovered that both she and Garrison had an unfulfilled sense of purpose. Specifically, they both wanted to give back to female African-American community.

Why I Did A Nude Photo Shoot Before My Breast Reduction

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Kadia Blagrove

I was 9 years old when I got my first training bra. By the time I was 11, I had already started wearing women's bras. I was a DD cup by 13.

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

This Mourning on Mother's Day

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

This Mother's Day feels different. Ominous somehow and heavy with sorrow. It seems wrong to celebrate when so many mothers are in pain. Whether weeping over the unarmed, and largely ignored, corpses of their daughters slain by police.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Go With the 'Fro

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm not quite ready for a HuffPost reveal, but I love the look. It's got lots of silver in it now, and may never be quite as full as the 'fros of my youth. But it's just right for a woman my age, coming into her midlife powers.

Silence on Black Female Victims Weakens Fight Against Police Brutality

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

No one can deny black men's vulnerability in this society and the recent killings of Walter Scott and Eric Harris are painful reminders, but the fact is black women suffer the same injustices. Silence in mainstream and black America is the only reason why it isn't widely acknowledged.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

Essence Recognizes Five Trailblazers In One Badass Cover

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

Yes! Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May -- and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five we...

Rallying Around Lynch Nomination, Black Women Flex Their Political Muscles

Martha S. Jones | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

Glimpse a preview of dynamics that will shape the 2016 election cycle in the contest over Loretta Lynch's nomination as Attorney General. As the first African American woman slated to occupy that office, Lynch signals a degree to which race and gender no longer determine access to political power in the United States.

Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

AP | Nekesa Mumbi Moody | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at...

Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

In discussions of mainstream beauty ideals, it's not uncommon to hear media outlets discuss the prominence of certain body types, addressing d...

The Next Oprah Winfrey & Algebra: How to Empower Young African American Women With Additional Math Skills

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

By loving, cherishing, and supporting mathematics education for African American women and girls, we improve our society and empower future generations.