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Dear Becky In The Pink Pussy Hat

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 02.15.2017 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Now that the Marching and Shouting are through, I'm ready and willing to work and fight beside you. The question I now pose back to you: does this all matter or was it just something to do?

If African-American Women Were A Nation, They'd Be In 6th Place In The Gold Medal Race

David Wallechinsky | Posted 08.24.2016 | Sports
David Wallechinsky

African-American women earned gold medals in 15 events (including participation in team sports) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. If they had been a nati...

PrEP For Her: Bringing Women Into The HIV Prevention Conversation

Mehroz Baig | Posted 08.16.2016 | Science
Mehroz Baig

The PrEp for Women Initiative aims to reach 5,000 women and 300 doctors in D.C. to increase knowledge and PrEP awareness through social media and traditional marketing over the next two years.

An Urgent Call For Health Equity In Breast Cancer

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

As it stands today, African-American women are roughly 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Even looking at mortality rates - which have decreased for all women in the U.S. since 1990 - the decreases began earlier and are greater for white women than for African-American women.

6 Affirmations For Black Women In The Professional Workplace

Rahel Tekola | Posted 07.05.2016 | Black Voices
Rahel Tekola

Black women face a different kind of challenge when in the workforce than other women. The road is not always paved for success and comfort.

It is Important to Have Black Faces on Dollars, but More Important to Get Dollars in Black Hands

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.05.2017 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Today in the United States, racial economic inequality persists because of the failure of will to invest in people of color, who continue to pay the price for a 21st century economy built off of the white supremacy of the 19th and 20th centuries. It

Listening to Sermons Today

Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards | Posted 04.19.2017 | Religion
Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards

As a company with a genuine interest in the viewing and listening behavior of African-American sermons we want to share the following insights gained through 13 months of analysis on the listening patterns of over 200 sermons.

What Does Oprah Know About the Smiths That You Don't?

Simi Singh Juneja | Posted 03.27.2017 | Entertainment
Simi Singh Juneja

If Cookie Lyon found Jesus, she would be Pat Smith. Not really, Pat's a steel Magnolia. I've never heard Pat utter a curse word or manipulate anyone, ...

Portraiture: Artist Tim Okamura Reveals Inner Strength of Women

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 03.12.2017 | Arts
Sheryl Estrada

I first wrote about contemporary painter Tim Okamura in 2013. He had two solo exhibitions that year, This Story Has Not Yet Been Told...The Work of Ti...

Naomi Sims

Yvonna Russell | Posted 02.24.2017 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Naomi Sims blazed a trail as one of the first African American supermodels. The 5' 10" dark skinned goddess broke through the fashion industry color ...

40 American Muslim Power Couples Thriving in Marriage, Faith, Business and Life

Jenny Triplett | Posted 02.10.2017 | Weddings
Jenny Triplett

What is the best way to combat Islamophobia? Meet a Muslim. Research and studies are periodically conducted measuring the population and reach of Muslims, but just about zero exist when it comes to how many people speak about Islam and Muslims and have never met a Muslim or read the Quran.

She Kissed Me!

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 02.09.2017 | Women
Nikkya Hargrove

Her thin, pursed lips, extending with hope in her eyes of "scoring". She wanted to kiss me. We stood on the platform of the New York City subway, Gran...

Inspiring Connections and Conversations: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.02.2017 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.

I'm Glad I Stood Up to the Idea of White Student Unions

Ciarra | Posted 01.19.2017 | Black Voices

Sitting in my psychology class at the University of California Berkeley, I felt my hands clam up and my body tense as my professor initiated a conversation about the White Student Unions that have recently popped up on Facebook over the past few months.

Ms. Jannie's Song

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 01.18.2017 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

I come from a people who are familiar with the brutal lash of injustice. I am the direct descendant of survivors of the Middle Passage. My brown skin ...

This Beauty Shop Offers Black Women The Options They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Style

It was only a year ago that Desiree Verdejo resolved to quit her job as a corporate lawyer and pursue her lifelong dream of opening a beauty retail st...

Why's #BlackGirlMagic Article Totally Misses The Mark

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.14.2016 | Black Voices

While the world has been busy celebrating the awesomeness of #BlackGirlMagic, decided it would rain on everyone’s parade by publishing an a...

On World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

Irene Monroe | Posted 12.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to...

Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 11.13.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.13.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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.