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Trump Joins Narratives of Hate over Immigration Battles

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The gigantic cover banner headline, "CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ," appeared on the New York Daily News the morning following real estate mogul Donald Trump's announced run for the office of the presidency.

What It Means to Become 'BiRachel'

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

The timing of Dolezal's racial transition is extremely important. She benefitted from the inherited privileges of whiteness while growing up and through most of her adult life, then she later exploited light-skinned privilege while identifying as an ethnically mixed person.

This Poet's Take On ‘How To Raise A Black Son In America' Is Incredibly Powerful

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

In his April TED talk, poet Clint Smith, a PhD candidate at Harvard, shared important lessons his father taught him about the unsettling reality of b...

Rachel Dolezal And The Complex Politics Of White Privilege

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The fact that Rachel Dolezal was able to get away with living as a Black woman, albeit precariously, for so long is ironic as well as troubling. Her entire life story is the classic definition of White privilege.

Documentary Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

What the documentary the filmmakers have assembled is educational, eye opening, often emotional, sad and galvanizing. As the 98 minutes of footage roll by, it becomes apparent that Jordan's tragedy is a chapter within a much longer book.

A Message to The Black and Latino Youth

César Vargas | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

To the inner city Black and Latino Youth who feel alone, abandoned by their loved ones, by school administrators, and their communities: You are not alone. You matter.

I Sometimes Don't Want To Be White Either

Ali Michael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ali Michael

Rachel Dolezal's actions are a potential pitfall for any White people on the journey towards recognizing the truth of what it means to be White and accepting responsibility for it. But we cannot not be White. And we cannot undo what Whiteness has done. We can only start from where we are and who we are.

How to Be an Ally Without Committing Rachel Dolezal's Mistake

Christine Stoddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

White people can, and should be, advocates for non-whites as a way of healing the world's many social injustices. Playing "blackface" is not one of those ways.

The Stolen Dreams of NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal

Antonio Moore | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Rachel Dolezal's actions are now bringing an awareness to deal with a dereliction of our past. Not just by her, but by all of us for not digging deeper.

I Am Confuzzled by Ms. Rachel Dolezal's Identity Crisis So I Asked My Kids for Help

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tanya Young Williams

What does it mean to be Black versus African-American? I grappled with this question years ago; for no particular reason other than to have clarity within myself.

Alice Goffman and the Future of Ethnography

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Paul Stoller

When scholars attract widespread public attention the news coverage about them and their works, which is often incomplete and filled with misconceptions, is not usually good.

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Allegedly Faked Being A Black Woman For Years

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

The race of a Washington state NAACP leader has come under scrutiny after the woman's family told the press she has been falsely presenting herself as...

Title I: Replace the 'Belle of the Ball'?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why hasn't Obama, as the first African American president, more fully embraced Title I, which was so enthusiastically supported for decades by African Americans? Is this an indication of broader problems with Title I?

Senate Resolution Celebrating Second Founding Is Just the Beginning

Doug Kendall | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Even 150 years later, it's clear that the wounds of the Civil War are not completely healed. But despite these historical and political rifts, there is one thing that can and should unite all Americans, as it has united Senators Leahy and Lee and a unanimous Senate: The wisdom and importance of the constitutional changes wrought by the Civil War and Reconstruction.

A Film Fest's June 11 #BlackLifeBlackProtest Event

Jai Tiggett | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jai Tiggett

#BlackLifeBlackProtest will showcase seven short films exploring issues of police violence, implicit bias, black identity and human rights, followed by a public dialogue on how content creation can be used as a tool for social change.

Bullied for Being Biracial | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Growing up in a small town Pennsylvania, Alexis Rydbom was bullied and faced racial discrimination because she is a biracial. She shares her story with Jimmy Nguyen, and talks about how she overcame her childhood challenges to become a confident young woman.

Why #UnconventionalBlackBeauty Celebrates People Like Me

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

In the black community, we often celebrate those who are Afrocentric as long as they don't look "too African." The funny thing about the hashtag #unconventionalblackbeauty is that most photos were pretty conventional. But partnering these pictures with the word "beauty" has made them unconventional.

Reparations Would Help Close Wealth Gap in America

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The questions around reparations to descendants of slaves in America often trigger strident conversations. These discussions lay bare how race continu...

Smarter, More Sophisticated Policing a Must

Areva Martin | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Areva Martin

My cop friends tell me that in addition to institutional biases that can't be minimized, training is often antiquated and premised on the days of being "tough on crime," once the only approach to policing. Assuming my officer friends are correct, we can expect more incidents like Charlena Cooks', and that things will get worse before they get better.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

'Spirtpreneur' Lessons from V. Taybron

Abiola Abrams | Posted 06.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Abiola Abrams

I'll be bringing you exciting advice and insight from "road less traveled" entrepreneurs, spiritual business luminaries, creative professionals, and h...

PART 2: The Black Classical Singer Experience

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

So, I was reading a Facebook posting by one singer who happened to comment on how he customarily looks, from the stage to the audience, for other Black faces. This struck me because it is an added dimension to the singer experience that I never thought about, which led me to start a very frank discussion with quite a few singers.

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Receives Long Overdue Medal of Honor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

Almost a century after their service, Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin were finally awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I.