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An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

Minaa B | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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!

Diversity Is a Business Crisis in Silicon Valley

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Granted, Silicon Valley is investing in programs to attract women and minorities to the technology field, engender good will, and increase workforce diversity through pipeline development. But there continues to be a lack of urgency to change.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Charleston newspaper on day after massacre featuring sticker with sale on guns and ammo. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and ...

A Searching Moral Inventory: America's Opportunity to Avoid the Haunting Self-Destruction of Racism

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Healing the long-term, collective race-based wounds to the psyches and emotions of Americans will not be an easy or expeditious task. But it MUST be done if we are to have the type of healthy, strong and united nation needed to survive an otherwise volatile and unpredictable world.

Stars, Bars, and Unspoken Languages

María Carla Sánchez | Posted 06.22.2015 | Latino Voices
María Carla Sánchez

I wish that my black neighbors and fellow citizens in South Carolina did not have to live with seeing this flag every day. I have no doubt their families told them similar stories of its danger, in many cases stories far worse; and they too, comprehend perfectly what that flag tells them.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

Post-Rachel: What Rachel Dolezal Taught Us About Race

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

It's time to redefine what "Blackness" really is. If not, Black people will continue to get duped in our own spaces. I don't know about you, but my Blackness can't handle another Rachel Dolezal. Yours shouldn't have to either.

We Shall Not Overcome, Unless We Stop Living in Denial

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Not practicing pluralism in our institutional governance and allowing our dinner table conversations to stereotype people of other races and religions, serves as the genesis of our troubles. All of us need to do better. Only then we shall indeed overcome.

Why I Fight to End Inequality and Racism

César Vargas | Posted 06.22.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

I am is more of a realist and a lover of justice for all.People of color aren't really getting any so my focus is on them.