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5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

Vote/Voto!

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

To those Democrats who don't think this election is important enough for them to exercise their precious right to vote, especially African Americans, Latinos, the young, and women, you will only have yourselves to blame for what comes next. And, yes, it can get worse.

Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 12.31.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Sharon Harper

At this moment in our nation's story, when the twisted soul of America is being revealed through the daily deaths of black men at the hands of officers carrying guns and unconscious bias, Black-ish should not be merely consumed: It should be administered by intravenous intervention.

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 12.29.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 2

Dave Kreissman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

"Fear Is a Little Man": How Spirituals and Protest Songs Vanquish Fear

Robert F. Darden | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

In this season of Halloween and All Saint's Day and the Day of the Dead, when fear and death and Ebola and terrorists are all around us, perhaps it is a good time to capture our fears.

'Acting White'

Kristen Coke | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Kristen Coke

I walked the walk, talked the talk, and now had a student ID card showing that I am an educated person. However, this didn't stop a store owner from turning up her nose at me when I entered her shop and having one of her associates follow me around. And this didn't stop the suspicious stares of residents in a small town where I visited one of my friends this past year.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 1

Dave Kreissman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture are not a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

Want a Chance to Go Inside Villa Lewaro? Start With a Pledge

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 01.02.2015 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

As the National Trust and the Doley family look ahead to potential new uses for the home, we would also like to extend an offer to supporters of the project -- supporters like you -- to join us for a possible visit.

What Are Some of the Biggest Misconceptions About Africa?

Quora | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Quora

Africa is a continent with over a billion people, who live in more than 50 different countries and speak more than 2,000 different languages. There are definitely large cultural groupings, and many Africans feel some sense of unity, but it is really an incredibly diverse place.

Beyond 42: Jackie Robinson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.

The Pivotal Black History of St. Augustine, Florida

David Paul Appell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Travel
David Paul Appell

It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.

"Do Big Things": Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.22.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Left: A portrait of Madam Walker; Right: A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter. Written by A'Lelia Bundles Every time I walk throu...

'Be Relentless in Your Dreams': DooBop Founder Jodie Patterson on Madame C.J. Walker

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 02.03.2015 | Style
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Madam Walker rose above race, gender equality, and social justice to build a beauty empire that she intended to be a benefit to her race long after her time. She was a visionary, with a foresight that is today, unmatched.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker's "Dream of Dreams"

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.20.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there? These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women's history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.

Rand Paul Says He Can Get 30 Percent Of The Black Vote In 2016: Here's How He'll Do It

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.

Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

Ferguson Is Not Gaza

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We stand together, but we know that our interwoven lives require a recognition of independent dignity. So too must Palestinians claim their own way forward, perhaps gleaning from the current moment in Ferguson (and Hong Kong) alternatives to violence.

Dear White People

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.

Entrepreneur Karen Civil Is Touring the Country to Deliver Positivity

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

What happens before and after recording a face-to-face interview with someone can go either way. Either you exchange mundane pleasantries about how it's nice to meet one another and the weather or you can happen to catch a glimpse of the interviewee's authentic character.

The 'Street Merchant' Paradox: Black Women's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Torri Stuckey | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

How do we restore the institution of marriage within the black community? The lines of communication between black men and women have to improve.

When Democrats Unite, We Win

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.15.2014 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

The world is far from a perfect place. Many, including myself, have differed with the president on a host of issues and felt he didn't move fast enough on some. But those things represent far less than the beliefs we hold in common and recognition of what he has accomplished.