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My Tour Through Our National Parks With Members of Congress

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Knowing that I am the beneficiary of such a huge investment of human and natural capital, how can I sit back and let it all go down under the cult of greed and personality to become an oligarchy?

The Personal Promise That Cost Morgan Freeman Acting Jobs

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.13.2015 | OWN

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White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

Half Of Black Americans Say Police Have Treated Them Unfairly

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A majority of blacks in the United States - more than 3 out of 5 - say they or a family member have personal experience with being...

What This 'Black Boyfriend' Wants White Fathers To Know

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices

"I always see it. That surprised face. That face that says, 'Oh shit! My daughter did not bring home a black guy."  This is ...

Whats Wrong with BEing a MODERN MAN?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

The BE MODERN MAN rally cry is "ITS OUR NORMAL TO BE EXTRAORDINARY". That is a very powerful statement. It is not our normal to be criminals, it is not our normal to be unemployed, it is not our normal to be below average, however, it is our normal to be extraordinary!

Two Poets Just Called Out The Black Men Who Hate Black Women

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

"These black girls need to watch out, 'cause white girls is winning."  Thus begins the viscerally honest poem, 'To Be Black and Woman a...

8 Times Black Hairstyles Have Been Culturally Appropriated

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices

On Wednesday, Elle UK called baby hair a "trend" and credited Katy Perry for inspiring it.  They were wrong -- black women have been ro...

And the Banner Yet Waves

Stampp Corbin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Stampp Corbin

The flag was not ripped down, it was ceremoniously lowered, furled and taken to a museum of Confederate relics. The ceremony itself was the final insult to every African American in the United States. There was no shame displayed as the flag was taken down, simply honor.

Being A Black Girl in Suburbia

Jagger Blaec | Posted 07.10.2015 | Black Voices
Jagger Blaec

The white people in my life just don't care. My fiancé is white and he doesn't want to hear it anymore. My best friends are all white, and they have been radio silent for the past year. But what do I expect? These are the same people I spent my adolescence with pretending not to be black.

Who Would Want To Be A Black Person?

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

I love being black. I don't really care what label you use -- African-American, negro, black. You can even call me colored, or change the label a few more times, and it won't matter to me. I love the creativity, style, resilience and heart of being black.

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

What About a Jobs Program?

Cynthia M. Koch | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Cynthia M. Koch

We need to summon the political will to create -- for the first time -- an American labor force of committed citizens that reaches across boundaries of class, race, gender, and religion and involves all Americans. Only then can those in despair envision a future in which they and their children live useful lives as contributing members of our society.

150 Years After the Civil War, How That Flag Comes Down

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

A mature society realizes that the present identity of all of its members depends on every single bit of its history - the bits of which today we are ashamed as well as the bits of which we are proud.

Rachel Dolezal And 'Black Enough'

Diana Montero | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Diana Montero

I have been accused of not being black enough because my mother is from Cuba and my father is from the Dominican Republic. It all started after I spoke Spanish around some of my black friends in junior high and high school. They made the comment that I was not "really black."

Large Fears: A Book for the Little Black Boy in Us All

Yolo Akili | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Yolo Akili

People try to beat the magic out of black boys who like the color pink. They say it's to protect us. But it's not. It's to protect them. It's to protect them from their fear. It's to protect them from their ignorance.

You Can Be My Sister Without The Mask

Sydney Latimer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sydney Latimer

You anointed your head with the pain of my tender-headedness after hours of hair-braiding between my mother's knees. You took the click-clack of those hair beads hitting against one another as I ran, skipped and played and made it the soundtrack of your upbringing.

Rachel Dolezal: 'Yes, I Do Consider Myself To Be Black'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices

NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal had choice words Friday for those questioning her ethnicity: “I don’t give two s**ts about what you think.” For ...

This Poet's Powerful Take On ‘Black Privilege' Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

“Black privilege is a myth, is a joke, is a punchline, is a time a teacher asks a little boy what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said alive....

Lilly Workneh

#SayHerName: Black Women And Girls Matter, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.21.2015 | Black Voices

Tanisha Anderson. Rekia Boyd. Miriam Carey. Michelle Cusseaux. Shelly Frey. Kayla Moore. These names are etched into tombstones that stand ove...

At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Vivian Norris

A League of Their Own's Geena Davis, is doing something extremely important this week in, of all places, Bentonville, Arkansas. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media has is supporting her effort to call attention to the unacceptable reality in which women, both behind and in front of the camera, find themselves in Hollywood.

ACLU Says Two Black Men Were Victims Of Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER, May 5 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detain...

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.

On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.

Baltimore Is Burning

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

Rioting is irrational. But so is our continuing claim to democracy, due process, and justice. We have no credibility with these kids.