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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.

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.