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How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Don't Blame Obama If Race Relations Are Worse During His Presidency

Christopher Lamb | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

President Barack Obama said Friday that conditions for black Americans have improved since he became president nearly six years ago. But as he said, blacks still lag behind whites.

Sorority First, Last, and Always aka VH-1 and Sorority Sisters You Will Not Step to Us Like That

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

African American sororities cannot effectively engage in, challenge, or support any effort to address the adverse impact of reality shows or any other issue affecting our community if our reputation is in tatters.

A Word to White and Black Evangelicals in America

David Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
David Moore

These marches are not only about recent cases. Some of us have been all too conscious of police abuse our entire lives, and it has been underway for generations. It's just that we have, as a country, come to a different place.

Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position

Joe Torres | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Joe Torres

Over the past few weeks, this argument has been exposed as nothing more than a ruse meant to deceive lawmakers, regulators and the public.

My Take on Ferguson

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

I realize that many factors play a role in the examples I cite above, including the judicial system itself; official versus real life police attitudes, not to mention the law and recent questionable policing techniques implemented in New York City and elsewhere.

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.

How a Freedom Song Saved Selma

Robert F. Darden | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

If Selma the movie captures the extraordinary human drama of that brave, transformational night at Brown Chapel, then it will deserve every accolade, every award it has thus far received and many, many more to come.

The Best Films of 2014

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's not like Michael Keaton's career was kaput, but it seems like he raised himself from the dead with this invigorating performance. Mexican director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu gave Keaton a plum role.

Race Relations: Forgetting Ferguson, Remembering 1967, Contemplating the Future

Frank Islam | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

Since the shooting and killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer and other tragic incidents between African Americans and police in face-to-face encounters and the subsequent protests, a national dialogue on race relations has begun once again.

Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

James McBride: That's the America I Live In

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you." In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America's refusal to take a long critical look at itself.

The Nation Is Not Listening

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The fact is that the nation has been having a conversation about race for centuries. There is no need to wait for the next impassioned response to a tragic, racially polarizing event to renew calls for a national dialogue. The problem is not that the conversation has yet to begin; it is that the nation is willingly ignoring the one that's long been underway.

More Police Accountability Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

One of the most encouraging signs in the wake of nationwide protests urging an end to police brutality has been a concrete, substantive discussion on how to move forward.

The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry: On Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Dean Rader | Posted 02.10.2015 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

The most talked about book of American poetry of 2014 is Claudia Rankine's Citizen. In fact, it is hard to think of a book of poems in recent memory that has received more acclaim.

Reflections on Race, Power, and Science

T.A. Ridout | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

With the current news cycle highlighting police brutality against African Americans, it is hard not to contemplate the continuing role of race in American life. Despite our progress as a nation and more broadly as a human race, we still struggle with seemingly antiquated modes of thinking that lead to unnecessary frictions between people.

'My Country, 'Tis of Thee'... and Then There Was Ferguson... and Staten Island

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Instead of arguing about whether Mike Brown had stolen cigarillos, or whether Eric Garner should have allowed himself to be arrested, we should adopt the language of "Black lives matter -- all of them." We all have a stake in creating a better system. But for that to happen, we have to be in this together.

No Work, No Justice

Areva Martin | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

While everyone has their eyes on the U.S. Department of Justice with hopes it will launch federal civil rights actions against Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the two police officers involved in the Brown and Garner matters, it's actually equally important for us to focus on local politics. It's there that the power for change lies.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 4

Dave Kreissman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Recently, several St. Louis Rams players protested the Ferguson non-indictment, pantomiming "hands up, don't shoot" as they came on the field. But in the '60s, the intersection of sports, politics and religion reached its zenith in the person of Muhammad Ali.

Statement on Grand Jury's Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

In the tragic killing of Michael Brown, while there appear to have been credible witnesses, there were no cameras or videos. If we cannot believe our own eyes with what we witnessed on the Eric Garner video, who or what can we believe?

I Can't Breathe

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Helene Cohen Bludman

There are things most white people can't imagine, she told me. When black people walk into a store, she said, they are often eyed suspiciously by store clerks. White people cross the street to distance themselves from black people. The distrust, if not fear and hatred, is palpable.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.