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Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

#Blacklivesmatter and the Fight for a Free Palestine

Max Dorfman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

It seems each year there is another conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Violence erupts--and immediately one side accuses the other of inciting terrorism. It is the most obviously cyclical conflict I have ever seen. And there is no end in sight.

How Racism is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
DaShanne Stokes

Even as President Obama gets ready to make his annual proclamation marking the beginning of National Adoption Month in just a couple of weeks, racism continues to scar the lives of many of our nation's 400,000 children who languish in foster care because of their race.

If My Black-Sounding Name Offends You, Please Don't Hire Me

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment
DaShanne Stokes

So, as I look ahead to graduation and re-entering the job market, I know that I'll continue to face discrimination because of my name. I only pray that Raven-Symoné and anyone who would discriminate against me, or anyone else, won't hire me. I've got much better things to do with my time.

What #BlackLivesMatter Means to Me (Spoiler Alert: I'm Not Black)

Isa Adney | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Isa Adney

I've seen a lot of really painful and hurtful things being said by people who cannot speak from experience and who have not taken the time to listen to those who can.

'You Talk White:' Being Black and Articulate

Keith Powell | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

All of my black friends have been told at some point or another during their lifetime that they "talk white." The person who says it likely doesn't know many black people. Black people are generally seen as uneducated thugs. I do not appear to be an uneducated thug. Therefore, I must talk white.

Meet Bernie Sanders: Where the Black Voter Fits Into His Ambitious Plan

EBONY.com | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

On the surface, Sanders looks like a concerned 74-year old grandfather who has spent his political career serving a state that is 95 percent White. But go a little deeper and you will find that there is much more to the man who some believe has what it takes to pulverize the political machine.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Speaks to 'Human Rights Campaign': HRC to HRC

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

As we in our own community strive to be more inclusive, it was encouraging to hear Clinton speak of the need for inclusiveness in government, the military and society as a whole.

Why It Matters That Ahmed Mohamed Is Both Black And Muslim

Sara Abbas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Sara Abbas

The media's focus in the Ahmed Mohamed story has been on Obama's invitation to the teenager to visit the White House. But the response is symptomatic of what America is prone to do: turn these kind of stories into a greeting card -- "Sorry you were profiled. Know that you are precious." That's just not enough anymore.

Jeb Bush Blows It On Race

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Raul A. Reyes

Bush's "free stuff" remarks are the latest wrong note in his flagging campaign. The last thing this country needs is a man of inherited wealth and power lecturing the rest of us about mooching.

What's Under the Hood? (Or, Can a Black Woman Really Lead?)

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

Black women's leadership is necessary. Necessary for Black people, necessary for Black men, necessary for America

Supporting Hillary Can Be Exhausting But Is Totally Worth It

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

What is exhausting is debating someone whom you respect who says "I like Hillary" but finds every reason not to defend her against even specious attacks or be willing to speak out when they agree with her.

The New America: A Melting Pot Stirred

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Paul Spector, M.D.

A recent Pew Research Center study examined these trends. Their report predicts that in 2055, no racial or ethnic group will hold a majority. According to their data, the US of 2055 will be 46 percent white, 24 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Asian and 13 percent black.

Donald Trump vs. Pope Francis: When It Comes to Social Justice, Words Matter

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The Pope's inspiring words move us all to do better in the service of humanity. Compare that then to the words of another man who has dominated the news cycle lately: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Sweet Feelings of Affirmation From the Pope, E.O. Wilson and Black Americans

Audrey Peterman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

It made me feel more confident that I can accomplish my personal goal of helping my fellow Americans wake up to the realization that nature is the expression of the "God" we claim to love, and that we have an urgent responsibility to address the damage we've caused.

Sickle Cell Disease vs. the California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-week Challenge #19

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.29.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

Imagine: inside the veins of an African-American child, red blood cells: round and soft, doing their job, keeping the person alive. What would happen if those cells hardened and changed shape, curving into the letter "C," like a wheat-cutting sickle?

My Next Step

Natasha McKenzie | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Natasha McKenzie

This morning, I formally offered my resignation as President of College Democrats of America (CDA). My proudest moment in the three years I have served within CDA comes today as I step aside knowing that the organization I love so dearly is on course for positive and productive change.

It's 1960... Can a Catholic Win as President?

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

I look at the reception this week of Pope Francis who is being embraced by Americans of ALL faiths...and I love his nickname as "The People's Pope". What a perfect example of how people of all faiths can hear a message and recognize the 95 percent of things we all have and want in common, and not focus on labels and differences.

Viola Davis Wins! Apple Ad Brings Joy! -- Hollywood, Are You Paying Attention?

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Frances Cudjoe Waters

Sunday night's Emmy Awards Show and Apple's new ad should be just the beginning. It's time for Hollywood to step up and for the viewing audience to step up to demand more positive, "Real" images like these.

Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media

Mona Shattell | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Mona Shattell

Social media provides us with a tremendous opportunity to support the ongoing and future development of our nurses, scientists, and professional leaders.

Dear Mr. Trump

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Marybeth Gasman

Mr. Trump, please know that your bullying behavior is taking flight and causing incivility across the nation - an incivility that will hurt us all greatly. I don't worry about your becoming president as the demographics of our nation are against you.

Two Months After Netroots Nation, Should Bernie Sanders Be Thanking Black Lives Matter?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Sanders has shown since Netroots Nation that he understands that reality by addressing both areas where race and class intersect, as well as those where racial injustice inflicts harm irrespective of class.

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Rethinking How We Teach About Slavery

Alan Singer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In New York City, Trinity Church is organizing a theological conference scheduled for January 2016 that will examine "racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change." In preparation for the conference, Trinity is producing a video examining its relationship with slavery and the slave trade during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Why Tomorrow May Be The Most Important National Voter Registration Day Ever

Page Gardner | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Think about that. For the first time in our nation's history, the most diverse electorate ever will enter voting booths on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. They will look more like the real America, and drive their own destinies.