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The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: ... And How are the Children?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

America, how are the children? More specifically, how are the African American children? They are troubled. They are confused. They are angry. They have seen too much to live healthy, idyllic or carefree childhoods and they don't have the maturity to make sense of what the world is showing them.

Protect Our Black Children

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Who can we count on to protect our children if the police and their teachers believe it is justifiable to treat them like animals?

How 'The Cosby Show' Taught Me to Express My Cultural Identity

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

Bill Cosby is what he is, and he did what he did. I'm not here to comment on that. As for how his greatest creation is remembered, that's up to all of us collectively. What I'll say is that it had a tremendous effect on me, personally.

Black Americans Lost Money After Buying A Home, Even In Boom Times

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

No matter when black Americans decided to buy a home during the volatile 2000s, they lost wealth, according to a study released Wednesday. The Johns H...

Why Black Americans Are Worried About John Boehner’s Resignation

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s uncertain what congressional politics will look like without John Boehner (R-Ohio). The soon-to-be former speaker of the Ho...

New Documentary 'Am I?' Explores What It Means To Be African And American

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices

Cultural identity is always complex, especially for those who straddle the lines of two worlds. So when you're an African living in America,...

Black Americans Would Be Hit Hardest By A Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

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Mentoring Is Desparately Needed in the Black Community

Matt Drayton | Posted 09.28.2015 | Black Voices
Matt Drayton

Having served as Executive Director of a nonprofit that provides mentoring services to minority boys, and having been a mentor to three African American boys, I believe mentoring is needed in the African American community now more than ever before.

On Colonial Fairs and 'De-Colonizing' American History in Elementary School

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

The relative exclusion of African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial curriculum of so many schools in the U.S., even in its mild liberal form, has strange effects.

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: The Miles Effect

Kelsey Minor | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

There was some chatter on the blogs about two gay cast members joining the cast of Love and Hip Hop all summer long but it wasn't until the premiere and that kiss between Miles and Milan that viewers knew for sure that the season was going to be like no other season, moreover, no other franchise of Love and Hip Hop

Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist

Kim Farbota | Posted 09.02.2015 | Crime
Kim Farbota

There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.


Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 09.01.2015 | Weddings
Nikkya Hargrove

Shock and disgust blanketed my fiancée and her father's face alike. I stared wide eyed at everyone in the room, my eyes darting between each family member. I had no clue what this golden creature was, I knew then, however, it was definitely not a coat rack.

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.