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Black, Queer and Carefree

Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Aaron Barksdale

I was an awkward nerd with more of an interest in skate-punk than hip-hop. Not fitting in with the other black kids was tough, but being queer put even more stress on my relationship to my blackness.

Visiting a Plantation but No Mention of Slaves

Kelsey Minor | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Yes, slavery is dark and sometimes you don't want to hear about it but we can't sweep it under the rug like it never happened. Let's be truthful about the history of this country and let's not water down that history.

Justin Adu Delivers Reality Programming with African Amedia | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices

It's more than art for art's sake. Justin Adu's African Amedia exhibit was created with direct intent to deliver in-your-face content that forces one to take in the adversities of society. His work addresses the negative portrayals of African Americans in mainstream media, while also providing a platform to look inward and analyze self.

Poll: Most African-Americans Concerned About Global Warming, Support Action

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Adrianna Quintero

This blog post was written in collaboration with Barbara K. Hairston There is little doubt that climate change is the greatest environmental threat o...

America Needs More Commercial Wireless Spectrum Yesterday...And That's Not Soon Enough

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Senator Catherine Pugh

What is the best hope for equality in America? If there's a North Star, it is technology and especially wireless - the first of any kind of technology in which African Americans and Latinos are the leaders in adoption and informed use.

The 8th Pan African Congress Faces New Age of Struggles and Triumphs

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The Pan African Congress has solidified Black solidarity worldwide fighting for racial equality, human rights, access to a quality education and economic upward mobility. Within these struggles globalized support has emerged providing additional resources and backing.

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Dreams Alive... Even After Graduation

Zanele Mutepfa | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Zanele Mutepfa

Keeping your dreams alive is the one job from which you will never be rejected, fired, or laid off. Just because you don't get your dream job right after graduation doesn't mean it's impossible.

It Doesn't Matter -- Why Jeb Bush Will Win the Republican Presidential Nomination

Mario Almonte | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Mario Almonte

Forget the debates. They don't matter. Barring the revelation of a shocking personal scandal, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will win the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Homelessness Is a Symptom of Racism

Jeff Olivet | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Olivet

The United States faces a deeply troublesome, maddeningly persistent racial gap in income and wealth -- a gap that is growing, not shrinking. Discrimination in housing remains a consistent driver of racial inequality among people who are homeless.

African American Poetry in the Age of the New Jim Crow

Jonah Raskin | Posted 10.28.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

"Bastards of the Reagan Era" might save lives. It exudes intensity and authenticity and prompts self-reflection and self-exploration. Eldridge Cleaver and Huey P. Newton would dig it. James Baldwin and Richard Wright would welcome it into the field of African American literature.

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?

Why The Martian Is Still on Top of the World

Tony Varona | Posted 10.26.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Varona

The Martian, in fact, may be the 21st Century's retelling of The Wizard of Oz -- the long-loved American fable that spoke directly to Americans' anxiety and identity, both as a nation and as individuals.

Knockout Game: Reducing Violence in Black Communities with Therapy

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Mark Charles Hardie

Too much of the focus is placed on harsh punishment rather than rehabilitation and creating moral citizens. Play therapy is one of the solutions to the crime issue. Instead of putting more urban Americans behind bars, we can utilize therapy to treat the causes of crime and violence.

Eva Moskowitz's "Suspension Academy" Charter Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

What is the "miracle" behind claims for higher student test scores at some well-known charter schools? It may simply be "lock them out to drive them out." Let's look at the Success Academy Charter School Network, whose schools would more aptly be named "Suspension Academies."

Dangers of New ACS Mammography Guidelines: Underestimated Risk and Delayed Diagnoses

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

The assumption that we can accurately identify who is just at average risk of breast cancer is a dangerous default. Risk is complex, poorly understood, and it's often inconsistently assessed over time.

Ann Coulter's Immigrant Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.

Homelessness, Racism and Social Justice

Jeff Olivet | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Jeff Olivet

We have focused primarily on poverty, housing, and services--all critical to ending homelessness. Now we must broaden the conversation about homelessness to include racism. If we are unable to do this, we will never face ourselves, and we will never solve homelessness.

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

#Blacklivesmatter and the Fight for a Free Palestine

Max Dorfman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

It seems each year there is another conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Violence erupts--and immediately one side accuses the other of inciting terrorism. It is the most obviously cyclical conflict I have ever seen. And there is no end in sight.

How Racism is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
DaShanne Stokes

Even as President Obama gets ready to make his annual proclamation marking the beginning of National Adoption Month in just a couple of weeks, racism continues to scar the lives of many of our nation's 400,000 children who languish in foster care because of their race.

If My Black-Sounding Name Offends You, Please Don't Hire Me

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment
DaShanne Stokes

So, as I look ahead to graduation and re-entering the job market, I know that I'll continue to face discrimination because of my name. I only pray that Raven-Symoné and anyone who would discriminate against me, or anyone else, won't hire me. I've got much better things to do with my time.

What #BlackLivesMatter Means to Me (Spoiler Alert: I'm Not Black)

Isa Adney | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Isa Adney

I've seen a lot of really painful and hurtful things being said by people who cannot speak from experience and who have not taken the time to listen to those who can.

'You Talk White:' Being Black and Articulate

Keith Powell | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

All of my black friends have been told at some point or another during their lifetime that they "talk white." The person who says it likely doesn't know many black people. Black people are generally seen as uneducated thugs. I do not appear to be an uneducated thug. Therefore, I must talk white.

Meet Bernie Sanders: Where the Black Voter Fits Into His Ambitious Plan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices

On the surface, Sanders looks like a concerned 74-year old grandfather who has spent his political career serving a state that is 95 percent White. But go a little deeper and you will find that there is much more to the man who some believe has what it takes to pulverize the political machine.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Speaks to 'Human Rights Campaign': HRC to HRC

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

As we in our own community strive to be more inclusive, it was encouraging to hear Clinton speak of the need for inclusiveness in government, the military and society as a whole.