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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.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.

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.

David Lohr

The Racist Police E-Mails You Didn't Read

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.29.2015 | Crime

The release of racist and offensive emails by city officials in Ferguson, Missouri, touched off a firestorm of criticism across the country this week,...

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

Mississippi Town Erects Emmett Till Museum 60 Years After His Killing

Reuters | Bryn Stole | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were ac...

To The Lady Who Called My Toddler A Thug

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I was running errands with my youngest two children in tow when an acquaintance of ours spotted us and came over to say hello. She looked at my son, marveling over how much he had grown. "Yes," I smiled, "He's a big boy!" She replied, "Such a cute little thug." My son is 2 years old.

Police Chief On Fatal Shooting Of Tony Robinson: 'Folks Are Angry...I Get That'

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 05.09.2015 | Black Voices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin's capital city was praying with th...

Is African Soccer the NBA's New Breeding Ground?

Ange Kagame | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports
Ange Kagame

If legends such as Hakeem Olajuwon can become one of the world's best NBA Players, and Luol Deng an all-star, then imagine the potential that would exist if basketball was just as much a part of African culture as soccer is.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

Darren Wilson Unlikely To Face Criminal Charges

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city'...

Call It Western Supremacy

David Moore | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Moore

We are historically and pathologically obligated to replay the dramas of the Spartans and Greeks against the "other." Feeling superior, we are free to disrespect their ways to sustain our own.

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.