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Why We Must Continue to Revisit Slavery

Andra Gillespie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Andra Gillespie

I admit, I was a little skeptical about the Roots remake when I first heard about it. I love the original series, and I wondered whether a rebooted R...

Black and Brown Students of Achievement First Amistad High School Protest "We are More Than a Demerit System and College Acceptance Rate"

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

Yesterday, I visited a beautiful inspirational, fairly new high school in New Haven Connecticut called Amistad, an Achievement First charter school. T...

The Unfortunate Epitome of White Priviledge: George Zimmerman

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

This is not going to sit well with a lot of people but it needs to be said. Unfortunately in 2016, the image of an African-American man is still deeme...

A Different Perspective: Let This Sista Show You Her Travels Through 90 Countries

Oneika Raymond | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

I've travelled far and wide in the search of adventure, stepping foot in nearly 90 countries on 6 continents. While I share my experiences on my blog, I figured that it was high time I branch into storytelling via video!

White Women, Black Men Aren't Hurting You

Brent Thomas Whiteside | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Brent Thomas Whiteside

She turns to see how far I am behind her, grabs the purse that hangs off her shoulders, clutches it to her chest, then turns back around. Really? You couldn't even be more subtle about it? I think: Does this White woman feel threatened by me? Oh, girl.

Black, Gay Christians Do Exist, And It's Time You Hear Us

Brent Thomas Whiteside | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Brent Thomas Whiteside

I was lucky enough to find a relationship with God at an early age. My family owned a church, so the majority of my adolescence was spent being hauled back and forth to every church service you can imagine.

Is Development Without Displacement Possible?

Lillian D. Singh | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices
Lillian D. Singh

The revitalization effort in the Central District of Seattle was conceived and initiated in a silo. It was community development that did not include the voices of the community. This exclusion could have resulted in a multitude of "Closed for Business" signs along the thoroughfare.

Most Strokes Are Preventable

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
SreyRam Kuy, MD

Remember, strokes are preventable. Be informed. Knowledge is power. Make a commitment to be empowered in your health!

Idaho Rape Case Screams for a Racial Hate Crime Prosecution

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The grisly facts about the alleged rape made brief headlines only after the student's adopted parents filed a $10 million lawsuit against just about everybody at the school -- coaches, administrators, staff -- that allegedly knew about the rape, and much more, yet said and did nothing about it.

The Color Purple: Biological, Sorority, and Lupy Sisters

Kesha Morant Williams | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Kesha Morant Williams

In Alice Walker's novel, the color purple is reflective of God's love, beauty, and hope for a better tomorrow. Like Takisha and Amy, those living with lupus embrace the color purple as they battle the illness, strive to enhance awareness, and increase funding for a cure.

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned - Right?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

Black, Brown and poor communities across the United States deserve your commitment to "ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans," this includes ensuring equity in education because the constitution does not end at the school house door and you do know Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned, right!

Presenting Princess Shaw

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

She, Samantha Montgomery, is a 39-year-old who works a 9-5 at a nursing home in a rough section of New Orleans. On her own time, she takes on the pers...

Blessing in Disguise

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices
Andrew Royce Bauer

I met a lot of great genuine people through Kathy such as her husband Harold, and I also connected with a lot of great people through him also. Before I knew them I had very few options but now I'm an opportunist with endless opportunities.

Dancer Refuses To Let Lupus Stop Her Gift

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 05.24.2016 | Women
Stephanie R. Caudle

Imagine moving across the country with no family and no friends in sight. Imagine suddenly having to navigate a new world with no crutch to hold onto....

Unsung Black LGBTQ 'Legends' Land in SoHo for New Leslie-Lohman Exhibition

Christopher Delatorre | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Delatorre

"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it....

Closing the Gap Between African-American Parent Perceptions and Student Achievement

Michael Lomax, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Lomax, Ph.D.

Professors and teachers have played important parts in getting students to and through college. But nobody has played a longer or more important role than their parents. If only we could equip and empower more mothers and fathers to get fully behind their children's education, our college graduation rate would be much higher than it is.

Rising From the Depths of Despair

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

I covet that seed and I pray every night before I sleep that it will grow. And, it does slowly, allowing each day to be easier than the one before. I go from sitting on the toilet to style my chair and brush my teeth to standing while I do it all.

Why Choosing The Right School For My Black Children Makes Me So Sad

Erin Riggins | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Erin Riggins

Somehow, the seemingly simple act of selecting the best school district in which to live and educate your children merits considerably more examination when you're black.

For Asian American Heritage Month: Three Painful Conversations About Race, One Positive

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I would like to share with those who are sympathetic about racial justice the three most painful conversations I have had about the subject. I am gene...

Dear African-American Women: I Want to Be Your National Spokesperson

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 05.18.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Misee Harris

It is that time again. Each time new season of ABC's The Bachelorette is set to air, I get approached to comment. Three years ago, I was picked to be ...

The Future of Our Public Lands Depends on Public Support from ALL Americans

Maite Arce | Posted 05.16.2016 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

As America's National Park Service celebrates its centennial this summer, we have a responsibility to create a vision for the next century that focuses on the importance of public lands for all Americans.

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

Trump's Dilemma: Tough Talk and Reality Show Antics Could Lead to Reagan-Like Electoral Landslide for Clinton

Areva Martin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Areva Martin

With six months before the general election, Clinton of course can't take anything for granted, but if trends among women, minorities and moderates continue in this direction, these voters could feasibly launch her to the White House with an electoral landslide not seen since Reagan in 1980.

March on Ballot Boxes Speech Relevant 50 Years Later

Areva Martin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

If Dr. King's "March on Ballot Boxes" speech has taught us anything, it is that we cannot afford to be complacent. We must do everything within our power to push for progress in our community. We must ensure that our voices are heard -- and that our voices will drown out those who strive to reverse the social advancements we have fought so hard to achieve.

It's Time to Green our Financial Deserts

Clayola Brown | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
Clayola Brown

We can all build our wealth, grow our local businesses and attract the investment our neighborhoods need to sustain families and take them higher.