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Life for Us Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

When I see the video of panic-stricken Toya Graham, I see myself, and all the other Black mothers who are desperate to keep our children physically, spiritually and emotionally safe in a society that doesn't honor their childhood. It's a special desperation known mostly by the oppressed.

The Missing

John Feffer | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

One of the most remarkable symbols of racial discrimination are the missing African-American men. According to an analysis last month in The New York Times, 1.5 million African American men have gone missing in this country.

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

You Are Wrong

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

If say you are religious, spiritual, Christian or any other religion and you find yourself quoting scripture to demonstrate your faith, please take a closer look at the passages about poverty and justice. It is impossible to walk in the footsteps and grace of any God and not care about the injustices against African Americans in our nation.

If I Were a Black Man

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Whether or not one believes in the fairness of the justice system, the picture that African-Americans see is stark and bleak. The facts stare them in the face every day.

Five Historic Sites with Fresh Perspectives on Interpreting Slavery and Freedom

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Using different approaches, all of the five sites work to spark a dialogue that will lead to understanding and reconciliation.

The Baltimore Riots, Inequality and Federal Inaction

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The killings of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray, along with the militarization of municipal police forces, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the riots, are all symptoms of a much deeper malady.

Why the American Flag Is the Least of My Worries

Jared Loggins | Posted 06.25.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

If the American flag should be a metaphor and a symbol of anything, it should be of radical possibility -- where the black and brown citizens at the margins are central to America's care and concern, where calls for patriotic response is not the mask of those who refuse to admit the nation's terrible truths.

Encouraging Diversity in the National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

Attendance to the National Parks reached a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014. Despite the increase in popularity, African Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented visitor demographics in the parks.

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.

Live, Learn -- and Let Live

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is a fact that the story of America cannot be truthfully told without the story of people of African descent. If we are going to close the gap and confront racism, we need to learn and understand others' history and way of life.

Toni Morrison On The Conversation We Need To Be Having About Race

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

When Toni Morrison writes, we read. And when she speaks, we make damn sure to listen. In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, Morrison -- ...

Another Charlie Brown Election?

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Carlos R. Moreno

The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.

Adapt and Overcome

Tireak C. Tulloch | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Tireak C. Tulloch

By current estimates, 22 veterans every day are choosing to end their own lives. I can't help but wonder about my own experiences and how fortunate I've been thus far hanging on to this roller coaster called post-military life.

New National Report Underscores Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Energy to People of Color and Low-Income Communities

Joel Francis | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Joel Francis

Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an important new report, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide, that refutes highly misleading fossil fuel claims about clean energy policies and communities of color.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

Why We Should Care About Tax Policy

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

President Obama's announcement of new tax benefits for middle class and working families, highlighted in the State of the Union and detailed in his FY 2016 budget, shines a light on the tax code in a way that demands our attention and engagement.

Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare are complex and there is no one silver bullet. That's why we will continue to work in every area of our healthcare system to find and eliminate racial and ethnic barriers to good health.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Makes It Official: She Is Running

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Over the next months, they will hear her platform and policy initiatives and realize that she is the right person to be president. Hillary will run a campaign that will reach out across party lines in the same way she did when she was in the Senate.

African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Historic Trans Women of Color Briefing Held at the White House

Kayley Whalen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Kayley Whalen

As a Latina trans woman, the briefing felt like a breath of fresh air; a rare moment where I could witness my community united together, speaking our truths and knowing that we were being heard.

Empathy for Angry White Men

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

As an African American, I have empathy for angry white men because I recognize that they are experiencing the pain African Americans have long borne -- of being bystanders to the shaping of their identities and possibilities in an uncertain world.

'Furious 7'

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.31.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Can't say this is the best film of the franchise, because so many of them have been excellent. But it's easily the most daring. Fasten your seat belts and test the airbags. This one accelerates real fast.