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Are You Sure You Know the Latest HIV-Prevention Strategies?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Too few people within the black community and other disproportionately-affected groups have access to or even know about the options that are available, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent infection or antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat it.

In the 'Hour Late'

Jon Horford | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

Joe Webster has lived an amazing life. He considers himself to have been very fortunate in terms of familial support and opportunities given. And it all stems from a brave decision his Great Grandmother made one hundred and fifty one years ago.

Gods and Kings Unseen: Whitewashing Roles in Film and Television

Cierra Lockett | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Why is it that we can see B-list white actors, such as Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Egyptian gods and kings? Better yet, why is it that they can see themselves in those roles? But not A-list black actors such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Idris Elba or Kerry Washington?

7 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Year

Polly Irungu | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Polly Irungu

2015 is coming to a close - whether we are ready or not; whether we like it or not. I am not ready, and I wish I had a few more weeks, but here are a few reflections to ponder: what worked and what could possibly change?

The Only One in the Room: Rod McCullom on Covering HIV and Science as a Black Gay Journalist

JD Davids | Posted 11.25.2015 | Gay Voices
JD Davids

In his long career as a black gay journalist, Rod McCullom is known for his reporting on science and health (including HIV). As such, he says he has often been the only person of color in the newsroom or production studio -- and almost always the only gay black man.

Showing Our Thanks for Grandparent Caregivers

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

As most of us prepare to gather with family, sharing meals and good times, we as a nation should look at how we value families and support the efforts made within families to provide for future generations.

"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

My Untold Story

Brittney Grimes | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Brittney Grimes

Beauty is something that must come from within. It emanates from inside of you and shines like gold. There is nothing more beautiful and glorious than someone with a wonderful spirit and soul. It is unfortunate in this day and time that little black children are still unconsciously misled to believe they are less beautiful than others.


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you step into the theater to watch this boxing movie, don't look for Rocky. Yes, you'll see and feel remnants of that spirit. But Creed is its own story. Its own franchise. It's the rebellious son that wandered out on its own. For that reason, Baby Boomers and Millennials will dig it.

Breastfeeding Can Help Lower the Rising Risk of Breast Cancer in African-American Women

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

The combination of maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and -- if possible -- breastfeeding can help African-American women lower their risk of breast cancer and provide significant protection against the most aggressive forms of the disease.

College Students Need Lessons in Tolerance and Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Today's students' equating of hurt feelings with scarring wounds is a departure that leads to dangerous overreaction. When unwelcome ideas are decried in the language of pain and injury, the impulse to suppress them -- rather than to challenge and debate them -- can be irresistible.

Black Colleges and the Feeling of Home

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

All too often PWI leaders assume that they have much to teach HBCUs, but this is not the case when it pertains to providing inclusive, nurturing environments that respect African American students.

Don Lemon's Betrayal

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I am no longer confident in his ability as a Black journalist, he is no longer an inspiration for Black journalists who are working just as hard as he did. Mr. Lemon should know better; he is one of the few African-Americans in that field and yet he is adding fuel to the constant fire that we are working tirelessly to extinguish.

An Open Letter From 50 Black Yale Alumni

Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.

We know that Black students at Yale are underrepresented, as are Black faculty. We call on Yale University to enact the following steps in order to begin a process that mitigates against the individual and community damages caused by the racist structures of education.

Embracing the Democratic Legacy on Education by Expanding Parent Choice

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

President Obama's legacy of expanding educational opportunity and parental choice has been game-changing for children throughout our country, and in p...

University Leaders Need to Build Meaningful Pillars to Support Diversity

Bill Destler | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Bill Destler

Naquan King was a successful college senior - a well liked, respected campus leader who already had a job lined up for after graduation. Yet he still felt something was missing from his university experience, something he needed to truly be prepared for his future.

I Never Spoke To A Black Man Until I Went To Mizzou

Jeff Huffman | Posted 11.14.2015 | College
Jeff Huffman

We come from a background that did not promote equality. We're not sure how it occurred, who's to blame, or if we can ever truly overcome it. But shrugging it off and failing to recognize how the past has likely jaded our present makes us idiots. Claiming empathy makes us bigots.

A Great Season Ahead for Alvin Ailey

Isa Freeling | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Between each of the four excerpts of dance pieces the audience previewed, Mr. Battle gave an overview of what we were about to see and paid tribute to those who inspired the work. He talked about the man himself, Alvin Ailey, who was a genius and an inspiration to Mr. Battle, as well multitudes of dancers through the years.

When Faced With 'All Lives Matter'

Keith Powell | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

I don't see police officers as the enemy. And let me also be clear: I am not a victim. I don't feel that the world owes me anything, and I know that I need to work hard and play nice in order to have a happy life. But why do I still get harassed by some police officers for no justifiable reason?

The Missouri Effect: Finishing What Kareem and Others Have Started

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Sports
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.

The "White Child" That Killed My Father

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.

It's A Good Day To Be A Missouri Tiger

Melanie Coffee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

People of color can't be the only ones protesting racial injustice. I remember after the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, tears sprang to my eyes as I saw many white people taking to the streets to protest. As a black woman, that's not something I feel everyday.

Is Marriage the Cure for Poverty?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Nigel Barber

Marriage is correlated with prosperity in the U.S. So many conservatives promote marriage as a financial elixir. Yet this perspective is scientifically flawed. It also suffers from too narrow a geographical focus on conditions in the U.S.

The Problem With the WHO's Great Meat Conspiracy

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jason Johnson

Future reports (and their press releases!) must be more nuanced than meat/sunlight/fresh air causes cancer. Policymakers and, by extension, their constituents, need to be able to trust the WHO as the best source of information available.

'Too Many Times To Count': My Experiences Of Racism At The University Of Missouri

Cynthia Frisby | Posted 11.09.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Frisby

I have lived in Columbia and been at the university for almost 18 years. During this time, I have been called the n-word too many times to count. Yes, we are better off now than we were in the '50s, but to some extent, we are taking many steps backward by ignoring or not talking about the racial issues.