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Statement on Grand Jury's Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

In the tragic killing of Michael Brown, while there appear to have been credible witnesses, there were no cameras or videos. If we cannot believe our own eyes with what we witnessed on the Eric Garner video, who or what can we believe?

I Can't Breathe

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Helene Cohen Bludman

There are things most white people can't imagine, she told me. When black people walk into a store, she said, they are often eyed suspiciously by store clerks. White people cross the street to distance themselves from black people. The distrust, if not fear and hatred, is palpable.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

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

Lend Me a Breath

Satpal Singh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Satpal Singh

The issue is still larger than Mr. Eric Garner and Mr. Michael Brown. What we saw in New York City and Ferguson are just symptoms of a cancer that has metastasized all over humanity.

Eric Garner's Death Was 'Legal' in the United States. America Killed Him, Not Police.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The manner in which law enforcement protects this country is a reflection of the values within our society, and everything from "stop-and-frisk" to racial profiling speak volumes of who we are as a nation.

The Fear of Black Bodies in Motion

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Throughout our history black bodies in motion have been deemed a threat. This is the common denominator in every case in this recent reign of terror on black bodies.

Black Lives Matter

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

"Black lives matter." "I can't breath." These are the words that have been chanted by protestors from New York to California. Demonstrations continue nationwide against the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers.

The Second Civil Rights Movement

Michael Yaki | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Michael Yaki

A Second Civil Rights Movement can bring together millions of Americans in unison to protest the inequities that not only divide our society, but are creating deeper, possibly insurmountable rifts in our national fabric.

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

Love and Letting Go

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Gregory S. Parks

I think what I've written as a law scholar has been consequential but probably not as important as what I say here, because it deals with the most important aspect of the human experience: love.

Top Five

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

World AIDS Day 2014: Young, Old, Black, White, MSM

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

This is a conversation started over a dinner table, a glass of red wine, a chocolate mousse, in a luxurious hotel neither one of us could afford. On the dime of some charity--we talked about AIDS. I will admit I wanted to kiss him. So I didn't.

Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

Trey Lyon | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Perhaps you remain unconvinced that White Hegemony exists at all. If that's you, or someone you know, please consider the following.

'I Did What I Was Paid to Do': Race Control and America

Troy Jackson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Troy Jackson

We are all doing what we are paid to do, and for century after century, people of color have been the ones paying the price.

A Black Family Call to Action to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

As HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact Black people, it is important to recognize key factors contributing to high rates of HIV infection.

Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

These reasons explain how the benefits of black men openly carrying a gun have little to do with advocating the use of such weapons, and everything to do with what displaying the gun will entail and how open-carry laws can help put an end to racial profiling and unarmed deaths.

Ferguson: The Torch Has Been Passed

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

This may not be the "American Winter" to compare with the recent "Arab Spring." But it's the start of something significant. And I believe it's time it's time for us to let our young people share the daunting task of cleaning up the mess they stand to inherit.

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 01.29.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

The Chairman Bobby Seale

Yvonna Russell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Julius Caesar advised, "If you must break the law, do it to seize power; in all other cases observe it." So that is what Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton did to challenge the racism and inequality of the 1960s.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began ...

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

As America Becomes More Diverse, Lending Barriers to Minority Homeownership Demand Serious Leadership

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 01.19.2015 | HuffPost Home
Garrick T. Davis

Recently released mortgage disclosure data findings indicate that a majority of future U.S. households could face significant challenges in achieving homeownership.