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My Journey As America's Whitest Black Kid

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

I have vivid memories of the breaking news reports announcing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968. There seemed to be a sense of profound sadness by many locals in this northern Maine hamlet. But I also detected a sense of giddiness from others.

After Being Denied In 1942, 92-Year-Old Woman Finally Receives Her Library Card

The Huffington Post | Taryn FInley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices

Ninety-two-year-old Pearl Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she attempted to check out a book from the Olivia Raney Library in Ra...

Tap World

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

At one point in this sweet gem of a documentary, two tap dancers from different parts of the world define the joy and philosophy of tap dancing: "Dance to express, not to impress" says Chloe Arnold of the U.S. "I dance, therefore I am," states Arthur Benhamou of Paris.

Crafty Conservative Confederate Flag Move Obscures Larger Issue

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

I fear that all of the attention on the flag provides cover to politicians who want to ignore the larger problem. Some of the same politicians talking about bringing down the flag are doing so to avoid talking about the proliferation of guns.

3 Ways Misty Copeland Impacted Our Lives

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

Watching Misty get filled up with emotion about her promotion at her press conference brought tears to my own eyes. I replayed the joy of her accomplishment in my own heart and head all week. All I could think about is that her spirit of perseverance is what I desire for everyone to have to towards their goals and dreams, including my own.

Americans All Over The Country Celebrate Women's World Cup Victory

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.05.2015 | Sports

CELEBRATE, U.S.A., CELEBRATE!

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talk Violence in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.03.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Is violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.

KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.

When Did You Kick Black Respectability Politics?

Jason Williams | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jason Williams

Even as I write this there are still family members of the Charleston Nine who have not buried their loved ones. Every flag in the state should be at half-mast until that has occurred. The Rebel flag that was once worn proudly by the confessed killer still waves at the statehouse.

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

Minaa B | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Have the Religious Right Hijacked Marriage?

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Among those evangelical Christians leading the fight against marriage equality are the same people who were legally marginalized a mere 50 years ago and have still yet to receive full justice and equality in a white supremacist society.

Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling Will Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care Coverage

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

The Supreme Court's decision in the King v. Burwell decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to afford health insurance coverage.

Tavis Smiley: Killer Mike on Why Blacks Should Stop Forgiving and Start Demanding Action

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Michael Render, a.k.a. "Killer Mike." The prolific rapper and influential activist is one half of the popular hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, whose critically acclaimed album, Run the Jewels 2, was hailed by Rolling Stone as the "best rap album of 2014."

Two Sisters Tell ‘Heart Felt' Tale Of Taking Down Bad Cholesterol

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices

Talking about cholesterol shouldn't just be reserved for the doctor's office and Cheerios commercials. Sisters Darcus Gates, 61, and Vernee Pace-C...

The Tragedy in Charleston

Susan Danish | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

On hearing of the Charleston shootings, I remembered the "dead idea" of a post-racial society. There is nothing post-racial about our society. Racial divides still exist in a myriad of ways.

Who's in Charge? Our Assumptions About Race and Gender

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

In service of this cause, I offer a series of true stories -- acknowledging that for almost all of us our understanding of complex social phenomenon comes down to our own anecdotes.

It's Time to Take Down the Flag

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

Dylann Roof's bigotry and bloodshed handed America a golden opportunity to begin overcoming a divisive split that began in South Carolina--and rightfully could end there--more than 150 years ago.

Five Spa Tips Every Twenty-Something Should Know

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 06.25.2015 | Style
Linda Harding-Bond

Put Google to work. Type in the search word "best" plus the spa service and your town. Yelp, Insider, Bing, City Search or some other social media review site should pop up with information on a variety of therapists and spa professionals.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

The Confederate Flag: Racist, or Just Ignorant? (Hint: It Doesn't Matter)

Liam Miller | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Liam Miller

If there were ever a tangible symbol (and it's hard to imagine a more tangible one, in that flags are specifically intended to be physical symbols) of sheer, obdurate cluelessness about race relations, it's the Confederate Flag's prominence in parts of this country.

Praying While Black

Kelly Brown Douglas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Kelly Brown Douglas

We do not live in a post-racial society. This too is a myth that serves to sustain the status quo of white privilege. Moreover, we will never live in a "post-racial" society until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built and which continue to negatively shape the day to day realities of black life in America.

Confederacy and Diplomacy: The Flag's Last Stand

Max Dorfman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

It's difficult to comprehend, let alone surrender to the notion that people would support a symbol so explicitly hateful. But that's the truth. No matter how much supporters of the Confederate flag contend it is not a sign of our oppressive and disgraceful history, it is.

Unequal Justice

Teresa C. Younger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Teresa C. Younger

Our criminal justice system is not just. If you are a person of color, the very people who are supposed to protect you are often the greatest threat. It is worse for women of color, the fastest growing prison population.

Pastor Pinckney Is a Martyr -- Build the Statue

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Forget the Civil War. It is over. It is killing us. We, all Americans, need statues and honors to the smartest and best children of the South.

Save Our Kids -- Call For a Season of Agitation

David Kanegis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Let's hope the New York State Senate gets the message and protects one of our most vulnerable groups and the future of this great nation -- the children!