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African American Women

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
NationSwell

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.

E! Fashion Police Masks Racist Speech Towards Zendaya As Comedy

Ama Yawson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.

African-American Women and Breast Cancer Risk

Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH

In contrast to the recognitions and ceremonies of the month, however, we continue to face a troubling health statistic: African-American women have lower breast cancer survival rates than white women.

Honoring the Strength and Power of Black Women Everywhere

Kara Stevens | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

I hope this act of public self-defining and self-healing by Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is not overlooked.

Marissa Alexander, The One Who Lived

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

The relative victory of Marissa is that she is the one who lived. And she lives precisely because she knew her life mattered. Even if no one else believed it to be so.

The Question Light-Skinned Black Women Say They're Always Asked

OWN | Posted 01.20.2015 | OWN

When personal development coach Nova Browning Rutherford meets someone new, she knows the first thing they are going to say to her. Like many African-...

Sorority First, Last, and Always aka VH-1 and Sorority Sisters You Will Not Step to Us Like That

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

African American sororities cannot effectively engage in, challenge, or support any effort to address the adverse impact of reality shows or any other issue affecting our community if our reputation is in tatters.

7 Adjectives to Accurately Describe Black Women Other Than 'Strong' and 'Independent'

Kara Stevens | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

On one particular Saturday I went to the thrift store in the afternoon, and the radio was playing. "Fellas, call in and tell me two things you love about Black women after the commercial break," the DJ said. My stomach immediately tightened. Even though I hadn't yet heard any of the listeners' perceptions of Black women, I already knew in my gut what they were going to say.

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Many of the condemnations of police brutality have excluded the experiences of black women who have been brutalized in custody. The ongoing media blackout surrounding the case of 13 black women allegedly assaulted by a police officer in Oklahoma City may be the hardest evidence of the devaluation of African-American women's lives.

4 Ways to Kill the 'Strong Black Woman' So You Can Be Happy Again

Kara Stevens | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

If you see a black woman you love running herself ragged to hold everyone down and everything together as primary breadwinner and chief emotional caregiver in the family because of the unrealistic expectations placed on her, please help her by doing the following.