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Don Lemon's Betrayal

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I am no longer confident in his ability as a Black journalist, he is no longer an inspiration for Black journalists who are working just as hard as he did. Mr. Lemon should know better; he is one of the few African-Americans in that field and yet he is adding fuel to the constant fire that we are working tirelessly to extinguish.

An Open Letter From 50 Black Yale Alumni

Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.

We know that Black students at Yale are underrepresented, as are Black faculty. We call on Yale University to enact the following steps in order to begin a process that mitigates against the individual and community damages caused by the racist structures of education.

Embracing the Democratic Legacy on Education by Expanding Parent Choice

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

President Obama's legacy of expanding educational opportunity and parental choice has been game-changing for children throughout our country, and in p...

University Leaders Need to Build Meaningful Pillars to Support Diversity

Bill Destler | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Bill Destler

Naquan King was a successful college senior - a well liked, respected campus leader who already had a job lined up for after graduation. Yet he still felt something was missing from his university experience, something he needed to truly be prepared for his future.

I Never Spoke To A Black Man Until I Went To Mizzou

Jeff Huffman | Posted 11.14.2015 | College
Jeff Huffman

We come from a background that did not promote equality. We're not sure how it occurred, who's to blame, or if we can ever truly overcome it. But shrugging it off and failing to recognize how the past has likely jaded our present makes us idiots. Claiming empathy makes us bigots.

A Great Season Ahead for Alvin Ailey

Isa Freeling | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Between each of the four excerpts of dance pieces the audience previewed, Mr. Battle gave an overview of what we were about to see and paid tribute to those who inspired the work. He talked about the man himself, Alvin Ailey, who was a genius and an inspiration to Mr. Battle, as well multitudes of dancers through the years.

When Faced With 'All Lives Matter'

Keith Powell | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

I don't see police officers as the enemy. And let me also be clear: I am not a victim. I don't feel that the world owes me anything, and I know that I need to work hard and play nice in order to have a happy life. But why do I still get harassed by some police officers for no justifiable reason?

The Missouri Effect: Finishing What Kareem and Others Have Started

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Sports
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.

The "White Child" That Killed My Father

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.

It's A Good Day To Be A Missouri Tiger

Melanie Coffee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

People of color can't be the only ones protesting racial injustice. I remember after the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, tears sprang to my eyes as I saw many white people taking to the streets to protest. As a black woman, that's not something I feel everyday.

Is Marriage the Cure for Poverty?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Nigel Barber

Marriage is correlated with prosperity in the U.S. So many conservatives promote marriage as a financial elixir. Yet this perspective is scientifically flawed. It also suffers from too narrow a geographical focus on conditions in the U.S.

The Problem With the WHO's Great Meat Conspiracy

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jason Johnson

Future reports (and their press releases!) must be more nuanced than meat/sunlight/fresh air causes cancer. Policymakers and, by extension, their constituents, need to be able to trust the WHO as the best source of information available.

'Too Many Times To Count': My Experiences Of Racism At The University Of Missouri

Cynthia Frisby | Posted 11.09.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Frisby

I have lived in Columbia and been at the university for almost 18 years. During this time, I have been called the n-word too many times to count. Yes, we are better off now than we were in the '50s, but to some extent, we are taking many steps backward by ignoring or not talking about the racial issues.

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

EBONY.com | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

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.