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Your Confederate Flag Rally Doesn't Scare Me

Kezia M. Williams | Posted 03.11.2016 | Black Voices
Kezia M. Williams

As my co-worker and I approached, we were not scared when the protesters yelled their misinformed opinions at us. We were emboldened by the blood of my ancestors which fertilized the fields of a nation not yet free for all.

Q&A: On Triumphing Over a Dysfunction-Filled Childhood in Rural Arkansas

The National Book Review | Posted 03.10.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

Soul Serenade is about a very difficult, often traumatic, childhood in which Rashod Ollison faced obstacle after obstacle -- almost unbearable loneliness and abandonment (both emotional and physical), evictions, poverty, and years of well-placed fears about revealing his sexuality.

Democrats Don't Need White Men to Win

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate must mobilize the new American majority. If they do, they won't need to carry blue-collar white men to win. In 2012, Obama got the votes of only 35 percent of white men.

Anti-Black Racism

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.10.2016 | Black Voices
Jorge Newbery

Most of the hundreds of ex-felons who worked at my housing complex were young African American males. If I walked past any of these guys in a dark alley, my heart would beat faster and my gait would quicken. The reaction is subconscious, the result of growing up in America.

PR Firm Co-Owners Inspire Women to Take a Leap Into Entrepreneurship

Anique Y.M. Hameed | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Anique Y.M. Hameed

In a time when women on average make 21% less than men many are using entrepreneurship as an additional method to create wealth and follow their dreams.

What You Should Know About Suicide and African-American Children

Aysha Ives | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Aysha Ives

Sadly, the number of Black youth taking their lives is on the rise. Here are two things that you need to know about Black children and suicide:

My Father's Silence - A Personal Account of Trauma and its Origins

Thomas Reissmann | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Thomas Reissmann

My Father's Silence is the true story of Houston resident Hitaji Aziz, who tells her story in the documentary Adversity and the Art of Happiness. It reflects the epigenetics of a family and the humanity of all families.

The Voting Rights Act at 51

Ryan Haygood | Posted 03.06.2016 | Black Voices
Ryan Haygood

Regrettably, 51 years after 600 people risked their lives on Bloody Sunday to expand democracy for people of color, and with the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, too many voters of color here in New Jersey, rather than experiencing increased political participation, are losing their voting rights daily.

Scheer Intelligence: D. Watkins and 'The Beast Side'

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer interviews author, professor and activist D. Watkins, who steered his life's path from the drug trade and jail through college and graduate school, to a successful career as a writer, professor and role model.

5 Things Bernie Sanders Must Do Immediately To Engage Non-White Voters

Seth Abramson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Seth Abramson

While Sanders supporters are not wrong to look forward to primaries in which Sanders is expected to do well, they should be gravely concerned about exit polls showing that, in the states the Senator has lost, he has lost non-white voters in a landslide.

And the Oscar Goes to ... Barack Obama!

David S. Simon | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
David S. Simon

The Academy Awards are nothing more than an over indulged rich child's gold themed birthday party as their parents in the background keep yelling out:...

Sanders Plan Will Not Destroy HBCUs: Why Clyburn Is Wrong About the Clinton Plan

Alan A. Aja | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Alan A. Aja

CO-AUTHORED BY Mark Paul, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Headshot Uploaded), Mark Paul is a PhD Candidate in economics at the University of Mas...

If African Americans Returned to Africa

Nadege Seppou | Posted 03.01.2016 | Black Voices
Nadege Seppou

During the "Back to Africa" movement in the 1920s Marcus Garvey argued that African Americans could only attain social equality by moving back to Afri...

Lift Every Voice and VOTE!!!

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 03.01.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I strongly feel that we as African-Americans should not only look at voting as a right here in this country, it should be a MANDATE that we go out to the polls and vote.

Looking at Peter Liang Through the Lens of the OJ Simpson Case

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Asian Americans, at least Chinese Americans, are paying attention to the Peter Liang case to the point of obsession. I listen to immigrants debating t...

The Art of the Father and Son Relationship

Barry Kibrick | Posted 02.27.2016 | Arts
Barry Kibrick

There is an art to loving life and that love of life produces art from the heart that creates new worlds! Jerome W. Jones, Jr. - Artist For over 30...

An Open Letter to the African American Church About Mental Illness

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

You have been the hedge of protection around the African American community from slavery through the present day. However, I must respectfully call you out for avoiding the candid conversation about depression; that large pink and purple elephant that has roamed around many of your sanctuaries for years.

Stop Pretending Everyone Can Travel

Oneika Raymond | Posted 02.26.2016 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

By now, you probably know that I detest travel snobbery with every fibre of my being. However, I wanted to discuss something else that raises my ire: ...

Every Kid Needs a Champion, and Mrs. Saxon Was Mine

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 02.25.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

If you haven't seen this video demonstrating the power of a good teacher, stop reading this blog now and watch it. You'll see the tearful surprise th...

The Demography of Innovation in the United States: Who Innovates and How Do They Succeed?

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Behind every technological innovation is an individual or a team of individuals responsible for the hard scientific or engineering work.

Bernie Sanders Understands the Horrors of Racism Much More Personally Than South Carolina Voters Realize

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Seth Abramson

I think voters deserve to have the facts when they go into the voting booth, and the fact is that Bernie Sanders' advocacy of civil rights is far, far more personal to him than most voters in the early primary states presently realize.

The Black Panther Party: A Food Justice Story

Garrett Broad | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Garrett Broad

At a moment when Black Americans were suffering from widespread hunger, sickness, unemployment, and police violence, the Black Panther Party was there to try to fill the gaps that institutional racism and government negligence had created.

African American Leaders in Vermont: We Are All So Proud of Bernie Sanders

Liam Miller | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Liam Miller

Patrick Brown, executive director of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, has this to say about Bernie Sanders: "We are all so proud of him."

Powerful African American Leader Backs Motion Picture Academy's Proposed Changes to Achieve Oscar Diversity

Faye Washington | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Faye Washington

As an agency of inclusion, change and empowerment, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles echoes the sentiments of our very own Cheryl Boone Isaacs. We respect her determination to draw positive change from the "heartbreak and frustration" occasioned by the lack of diversity in this and last year's Oscar race.

Celebrating African American Contributions to American History

Tania Bradkin | Posted 02.23.2016 | Latino Voices
Tania Bradkin

I was disappointed in myself for being so unaware of the many contributions that went far beyond the usual sports and entertainment arenas into every facet of American culture. I needed to open my eyes to a larger, grander, American history.