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Fire Affecting Our Rainforest Doesn't Shake Us Up? We Need a Time-Out!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The idea of an uncontrolled fire in that verdant place inflamed my mind. How could it fail to wake up our population to the dangers that we are already experiencing, writ large by climate scientists and our current experience on the land and seas?

Police Shootings Are About Class As Well As Race

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Excessive force puts white lives at risk, as well as those of blacks and Hispanics. But the silence of the white community and of the white church is deafening. We need people of conscience in the white community to join with the growing movement grounded in the African-American community to demand reform.

Open Letter to Allure, The New York Times and Other "Lamestream" Publications: If You Don't Know, You Better Ask Somebody

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

You know the drill. One of you mainstream, aka "lamestream," publications publishes an article or statement perhaps about a "current" topic and diverse readers lash out against you all for cultural insensitivity, cultural appropriation, or general cluelessness.

Straight Outta Compton

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Straight Outta Compton isn't some chump change indie movie about the rap group NWA. Nor is it a should-have-gone-straight-to-DVD after-thought about hip-hop culture. This is an Oscar-caliber film. This movie is a monster. It's big!

Capturing Misty Copeland's Power and Grace

Richard Corman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Richard Corman

As I approached from the southern end of Manhattan, where the sun had just risen, I couldn't quite believe what I was witnessing. She moved gracefully, dramatically and with intent all over the Mason and Hamlin -- sitting, leaning, standing, en pointe.

Alfre Woodard Goes on a Memorable Roots Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actress Alfre Woodard's grandfather died when her father was only a toddler, so this part of her family tree is a mystery. To uncover the past, Ms. Woodard goes an ancestral journey through Georgia and Louisiana.

My Encounter With a 'Non-Racist' in Fear of a Black Neighborhood

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Mandela's death should remind us that racism exists outside of institutions and seeps into our daily lives. Apartheid no longer stands as a law and yet it lives in so many people's minds. We have to pick up the fight from where Mandela left off.

Nationals Centerfielder Denard Span Empowers Single Parents

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

I recently spoke to Washington Nationals centerfielder Denard Span about his mission to uplift single parent families. His non-profit, The Denard Span Foundation was borne out of a desire to extend assistance proactively.

Technology Empowerment Coalition of Silicon Valley

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Today I outlined some possible options that might have a more enduring, immediate and long term positive impact on increasing employment and economic opportunities for African-Americans in Silicon Valley.

Be Careful What You Ask For -- What Time is It?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.02.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Years ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson would open up several of his speeches by loudly asking, "What time is it?" He would answer his own question by responding, "Nation time!" Well, it's "Nation time" again. Only this time, it is more urgent.

Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Keith Rushing

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution.

8 Acts of Self-Love To Take After Consuming Racially-Charged Media

Tiffany Griffin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Tiffany Griffin

As countless stories of race-based killing fill my news feed, I find my reactions ranging from melancholy to anger to fatigue and back again

The Color of Hatred

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

America has always relied on black forgiveness to absolve itself of white guilt. The Charleston massacre was no different. By choosing to highlight the forgiveness of the black faith community, they shifted the burden of responsibility onto the oppressed in a classic display of deflection.

Black Lives, White Silence And The Second Reconstruction

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

The tragic shooting deaths of nine African-American congregants in a South Carolina church and its juxtaposition with the ongoing debate about police mistreatment of African-Americans in a nation led by president who is part African suggests we are in a curious moment in U.S. history.

How Millennials Are Disrupting The Art of Donating

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Lauren DeLisa

Remember when kids ran through the streets Halloween nights with "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes in tow alongside plastic pumpkin carriers full of fun size snickers and red apples?

Mental Health Treatment Is A Privilege Many People Can't Afford

Minaa B | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

While access to culturally diverse providers is low, the cost of mental health treatment remains high, which serves as an additional impediment to bridging the gap between the onset of symptoms and accessing professional care.

Why America Needs Federal Legislation Protecting Black Citizens From Aggressive Law Enforcement Tactics

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

While police brutality affects people of all races and backgrounds in the U.S., it's important to note that black citizens face a unique experience within America's criminal justice system, just as they've faced a unique state of affairs for centuries in the United States.

The Historic Cemetery Where Black Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Rests In Eternal Peace

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

With all the recent talk of the Confederate flag, it seems appropriate to highlight one of the many overlooked places that are sources of real Southern pride and heritage -- particularly that which is black and Southern.

The Flags Are Coming Down. What Now?

Shari Runner | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Shari Runner

Improving outcomes requires action that reaches across racial, ethnic and political lines. It must galvanize African Americans and rally our non-Black allies. And it must be handled with a sense of urgency. Every day headlines remind us that we have no time to waste.

Remembering Andre Gray

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

When I read the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, I do think of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. I also think of Penny Proud, London Chanel and Candra Keels. But I also think of Andre and the two other young queer people of color who been murdered in Pittsburgh in the past two years.

Sandra Bland and Other 'Angry Black Women'

Kelly Brown Douglas | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kelly Brown Douglas

We do not live in a post-racial society. And we will never will until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built. We must lead the way in facing the complex history of racism in America and the way in which it continues to be a deadly plague upon black bodies.

#Iwouldnever: The Truth Telling Project Calls on All Black Americans to Take the Pledge

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Documenting truths related to systemic injustice is an important first step in helping individuals and communities approach the abolishment of complex structures that shield and sustain human rights abuses.

African American Nation Builders in Our National Park System

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Walking among 2,000-year old sequoias in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, I felt their powerful energy and gave thanks that these last remaining giants were protected by the Buffalo Soldiers from the effects of logging and ranching at the turn of the 20th century. What a loss their demise would have been!

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at 10: Who Was Left Behind

Bill Quigley | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again.