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Call It Western Supremacy

David Moore | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

The Forgotten Muslims Of Early America

The New York Times | PETER MANSEAU | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

It was not the imam’s first time at the rodeo. Scheduled to deliver an invocation at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo last week, Moujahed Bakh...

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 5

Dave Kreissman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

If you've been following my historical view of Muhammad Ali, you've learned about his rise to prominence, his religious and political awakening and his repudiation by the boxing establishment and mainstream American culture.

Young People Must Know Their Own History

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Do our young people know about our own nation's history, particularly how our society has responded to marginalized groups? This question has been coming up consistently for me in recent months.

The Spirit of Selma: Nine Students Arrested in Georgia for Protesting Discriminatory Education Policies

Stephen Pitti | Posted 01.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Pitti

As the film Selma screens nationwide to critical acclaim, police from Clarke County arrested nine students on Friday evening in Athens, Georgia, for organizing the first "integrated classroom" for both undocumented and documented youth at the University of Georgia.

21st Century Black Giving: 10 High Impact Principles for a New Year

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

A New Year has begun. But Black Philanthropy Month continues with #BPM365--a call to remember, mobilize and celebrate our giving and self-help traditions.

The Future Will Require Learning How to Exist in a Multicultural Society

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Many are calling for community policing. But community policing without a clear focus on crime risk factors does not have an effect on crime.

Much of Society's Unrest Caused By Barrage of Negative Stereotypes in Films

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.27.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

To have more positive outcomes, we need to have a balance of positive images. We all say we want positive images, but what is positive, to whom and for what purpose?

16 Quotes To Remind America That Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

Suddenly, he paused, looked at me intently and said, 'Son, you're a black male, and that's two strikes against you.' To the general public, anything that I did would be perceived as malicious and deserving of severe punishment and I had to govern myself accordingly. I was seven years old.

Dr. Phil's Advice For Anyone Who Gets Stopped By Law Enforcement

Posted 12.12.2014 | Dr. Phil

Two African American brothers, Tywonn and Naibon, claim they found themselves in a situation similar to Michael Brown and Eric Garner when they believ...

America Needs to Rewrite the 3 R's

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Suzan Johnson Cook

I contend, 50 years later, that what America needs to function in this world today are three new R's: Race, Religion and Respect for women. From Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner to Michael Brown and ISIS, a new movement needs to be created.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

My Son After Ferguson: ‘I Feel Like I'm Wearing the Losing Team's Jersey'

Madison T. Shockley II | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Madison T. Shockley II

The jersey, of course, is black skin. A jersey we can never take off.

2014 Takeover Takeaways: It's All About Turnout

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It was a great night for Republicans as they nearly swept all the important U.S. Senate races and won some governorships that seemed very unlikely.

Students Ask Not To Be Called African-American; Teacher Allegedly Calls Them N-Word

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.05.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, an Illinois substitute teacher reportedly called a group of four middle school girls the N-word after they asked not to be called African-A...

Baby Drama

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Nikkya Hargrove

One month before news of this story broke, my wife and I hung up the phone with our cryo-bank, ordered another vial of our donor sperm and are currently waiting for the right time to try again. What if the sperm waiting at our doctor's office for us isn't what we anticipate? Would we be mad? Yes.

Addicted's Bille Woodruff's 'Naked' Ambitions

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

A faithful adaptation of erotica queen Zane's million copy bestseller, the romancer showcases the posteriors of William Levy, Tyson Beckford, and Boris Kodjoe as they try to satisfy Sharon Leal's Zoe, who's suffering from a hardy case of sex addiction that's destroying both her marriage and career.

So, You Say You Don't See Race? We Need to Talk

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

When you tell people of color you don't see race, you are telling them you don't see their history or their story. You don't see what they and their families have lived through. You don't see them.

Our Mindset About Disciplining Children Must Change

Kelsey Minor | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Our mindset must change on discipline and the manner in which our children are disciplined when behaving badly.