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The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History & the Black Community Must Stop

Alvin McEwen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

This leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

The Gift of Afro-Textured Hair In Pictures

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.06.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

In addition to interviewing Lurie Favors of Afro-State of Mind about the steps needed to overcome hair-bullying directed at afro-textured hair, I contacted thought leaders and asked them why afro-textured hair is a gift. These are their responses.

Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there b...

The Transformation of Justin Bieber From a White Youth to a Black Man

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Because many whites feel that US society is now "post racial," enabling them to "get their black on" without a physical presence in the black community, white label executives package black culture and style through white artists without the burdens of racial disadvantage.

American Money: Is Franchising Right for You?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Black entrepreneurship is on a steady rise, with more African Americans deciding to go into business for themselves. But embracing your entrepreneurial spirit does not always require you to start from scratch.

An Open Letter to Black America: Why You Should Want the Redskins Name Changed, Too

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Just like school districts had to do with segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the NFL should have to explain why it's OK to treat Natives different than every other race.

From Righteous Indignation to Collective Mobilization: This Can Be Our 'Ferguson Fall'

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 11.30.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Let us look back at that transformative, defining moment of the historic Mississippi Summer to guide us toward a better future. Let there be a "Ferguson Fall," where we put a plan in place to ensure that every eligible person is registered to vote and educated on the importance of doing so.

Prosecutors Can Play Role in Ending Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.

Your Opportunity to Prevent Another Ferguson

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Ama Yawson

It has been nearly two months since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the beginning of the uprising that the murder triggered. Most social critics have observed that the uprising was not simply about racism and police brutality.

Bull Rider Neil Holmes: Making History One Ride at a Time

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 11.29.2014 | Sports
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

"I really don't consider myself a cowboy," he explained. "To me, a cowboy is someone that is actually farming and ranching. Me, myself, I feel that I'm just a bull rider with the best job in the world."

'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck on Tech, Race and Politics

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 11.24.2014 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech.

Two Percent Is Not Enough

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Two percent. That is the number of teachers in this country who are African-American men. This would be shocking as a stand-alone statistic, but in the context of our nation's student population, it is appalling.

The 5 Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

The movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place.

Depression: The Word That Must Not Be Named

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.

Standing Together, We Too Can Prevail - Part One

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Evgeniya Melnikova

There is no other place in the world, where basic human rights are so violated, as Palestine. For many people around the globe the problem has ended the moment two sides signed a peace agreement. Not for the Palestinians.

Ferguson and the Dilemma of Black Journalists

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

It seems there hasn't been this many black journalists on TV since Trayvon Martin and therein lies the problem. Diversity in the newsroom is not only a necessity but needs to be constant.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Dear White Folks

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Marybeth Gasman

What I know is that unless you are black in America, you can't possibly understand what it's like to be black in America. You can ask questions and you can be empathetic but you can't truly understand being black in America unless you are black.

The Perils Of Online Dating While Black

Literally, Darling | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

American Money: Are You Getting a Fair Auto Loan?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The majority of borrowers are unaware that auto dealers have the discretion to increase their interest rate for compensation, but it's far too common. According to a recent survey, 68 percent of all consumers did not know that car dealers could increase the interest rate. Of borrowers of color, 75 percent were unaware.

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.