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How A Detroit-Native Became The African American To Achieve This Rank In The Coast Guard

HooplaHa | Posted 05.11.2016 | Good News

Vince lives by example and hopes to inspire others. When he reached his dream he thought, "You are not only Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, but you are the first African American to achieve that right!"

The Easter Rising 100 years on: how the Irish revolution fired up American politics

The Conversation US | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

David Brundage, University of California, Santa Cruz On July 27, 1919, Marcus Garvey, the African-American nationalist then nearing the height of his...

A New and Ugly form of Racial Bias

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

A new civil rights consciousness has gripped a great deal of the country. Maybe we can address some of the challenges that still occur on the basis of race by turning the tide against consumer racial profiling and letting it be a thing of the past.

It's Time to Expand Voting Rights

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Harry Kresky

It is unfair, and un-American, to be taxed while being denied the right to participate fully in the process to elect our representatives. The 1965 Voting Rights Act reformed our democracy in unprecedented ways. Without it, we are seeing various schemes to disenfranchise voters succeed.

God Gave Us Lemons

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer

In the visual masterpiece that is Beyoncé's newest visual album, Lemonade, there are several references to what is called "Black Religion," "Black Diaspora Religion," and/or "Africana Religiosity."

Our Original Sins

James Zogby | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

Until we acknowledge our past injustices, include its lessons and the experiences of our victims in our self-definition, and radically transform our societies to create more fully inclusive societies, we will continue to be plagued by the consequences of our original sins.

Hokey Pokey: A Mother's Love

Kesha Morant Williams | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Kesha Morant Williams

You put your right foot in; you put your right foot out; you put your right foot in, and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey, and you turn yourself around. That's what it's all about!

Do Charter Schools Really Do Better? Let's Look at Los Angeles

Alan Singer | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Advocates for charters schools like to talk about their unwavering commitment to student success, parental choice and the benefits of privatization, b...

It is Important to Have Black Faces on Dollars, but More Important to Get Dollars in Black Hands

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Today in the United States, racial economic inequality persists because of the failure of will to invest in people of color, who continue to pay the price for a 21st century economy built off of the white supremacy of the 19th and 20th centuries. It

Why Millennial Leaders Need to Embrace Non-believers

Alfred E. Blake IV | Posted 05.03.2016 | College
Alfred E. Blake IV

"When it comes to being a leader you have to be ready for people to not believe in you."

Larry Wilmore's Use of the 'N-Word' Highlights Tension Barack Obama, All African-Americans Feel

The Conversation US | Posted 05.03.2016 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Black America has long had its own lexicon of coded language and symbols. But people of color that succeed in corporate or political life tend to pick up and drop the mannerisms, symbols or words that they have grown up with.

Our HBCUs Are National Treasures

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.03.2016 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

We look forward to working with Morgan State, Howard, and other HBCUs across America to save the cherished places that define their past, while crafting a more inclusive foundation for the future.


Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Walk in the theater not expecting much. Walk out charmed and happy. Key & Peele will have that kind of affect on you. And that little furball that plays Keanu is worth his weight in catnip.

A House Divided: Exploring Rifts Within the Black Community

The Well | Posted 04.29.2016 | Black Voices
The Well

This post is by Elaine Fletcher and originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell's editorial hub. Seven is my lucky number. Seven was also the number...

What This Teenage Leader of Positive Change Taught Me

Tajci Cameron | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Tajci Cameron

Through a shift in his mindset, perseverance and faith, Daquan turned his life around -- he got an athletic scholarship, raised his GPA, and is now making an impact as an anti-violence leader speaking in the community and inspiring peers through his "Bootstrap Effect" project.

To Governor Phil Bryant and Every Congressman That Approved HB1523

J. Mercedes Cardona | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
J. Mercedes Cardona

If ever there was a time that a neighbor needed to show love to the Mississippi LGBTQ community, it is now. I will not be silent while their freedoms are trampled. This is too close to home. It's an empty echo/reminder of past oppressors. The essence of HB1523 is a full-fledged fear induced witch hunt fitted with life draining prose.

Prom Priorities: Lamborghinis & Hummers Over College Tuition?

Janice Celeste | Posted 04.27.2016 | Teen
Janice Celeste

Can we get our priorities straight? There will be some parents not paying their rent in order to pose their child in front of a Hummer for a prom picture.

From Generations of Infidelity and Pain, Beyoncé Makes 'Lemonade'

The Conversation US | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
The Conversation US

In "Lemonade," Beyoncé contrasts her life as a deity with the struggle of being a black daughter, wife and mother. At a time when race, gender, sexuality and politics are merging in her public life, they are also colliding inside of her home.

Wednesdays With Willie

Kesha Morant Williams | Posted 04.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kesha Morant Williams

Although the carefree days of our uninterrupted conversations are now filled with life -- an infant that needs to be fed, a toddler awakened by a nightmare, a husband in search of his work materials -- more than a decade later Wednesday night at 10 is still (mostly) reserved for you.

Call Me By My Name

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Nikkya Hargrove

Ask yourself, what would you do if someone, today, called you a nigger? How would you respond?

African American Leadership Development Matters in the New Age

Phil Andrews | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Phil Andrews

In today's society much news has been generated in regards to the Black Lives Matter Movement throughout the United States. Leadership Development is...

The Color of Wealth: Race, Economic Mobility and the Future of America

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Each year at the Color of Wealth Summit we convene hundreds of leading policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, the media and public ...


Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Enlightening and moving are two descriptive words that will never be associated with the misconceived and misguided endeavor that is Nina.

For Women of Color, the Glass Ceiling is Actually Made of Concrete

Jasmine Babers | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Jasmine Babers

Similar to the glass ceiling, the concrete ceiling is a barrier for success. The difference between the two terms is that the concrete ceiling is a term specifically made for women of color.

When it Becomes Personal: On Hillary Clinton, Likability and Winning Big

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

Hillary Clinton is winning because she is smart, strategic, qualified and has a great team around her. She's also been responsive to criticism and has demonstrated flexibility on issues that she may have faltered on in the past.