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Fay Wolf Declutters A-List Celebs and Represents the B in LGBTQ - Her Book is Out!

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.22.2016 | Books
Ilana Rapp

Fay Wolf's book NEW ORDER: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (And Everyone Else) is a read to be considered. Fay's Twitter, Fay's Instagram ,...

Not Bystanders

William Spriggs | Posted 01.20.2016 | Black Voices
William Spriggs

As we reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we think about African-Americans as agents of history. Well-documented gaps in unemployment rates, earnings, poverty and wealth too often lead to viewing African-Americans as bystanders to America's economy.

I'm Glad I Stood Up to the Idea of White Student Unions

Ciarra | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices

Sitting in my psychology class at the University of California Berkeley, I felt my hands clam up and my body tense as my professor initiated a conversation about the White Student Unions that have recently popped up on Facebook over the past few months.

A Grass Roots Response to Education Inequity

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah J. Levine

Carvent 'Leon' Webb II is the Founder/CEO of The Open Book Foundation based in Charlotte, North Carolina, a nonprofit organization in 2013 to bridge the gap between Title I schools and literacy competency.

Ms. Jannie's Song

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

I come from a people who are familiar with the brutal lash of injustice. I am the direct descendant of survivors of the Middle Passage. My brown skin ...

Rainbow-Effect Bias: How to Network in a White Job Market

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

Jobs flow like an ethnoracial rainbow, perpetuating the makeup of an occupation, a workplace etc. Why?

Why Our African Identity Matters

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 01.15.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

Today most people of African descent would agree that slavery was no blessing to their ancestors, yet many of them still perpetrate one of the cornerstones of slavery; that is the stripping of our cultural identity as African people.

Ride Along 2

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.14.2016 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Too soon. As the opening credits start to roll, you wonder why the producers didn't' give moviegoers a real break between Ride Along (2014) and Ride A...

In The 'Hour Late' (Joe Webster 4)

Jon Horford | Posted 01.13.2016 | Arts
Jon Horford

A weekly blog intended to share and preserve the most valued life lessons from the minds of the most experienced among us. The "hour late" represents the later stages of life. I will be speaking with people in their 70's and older, to find out what they think is important and worth passing on to future generations.

Be Like David Bowie

Keith Powell | Posted 01.12.2016 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

Where are the David Bowies in our modern society? Where are the people in positions of power who look beyond themselves and say, "I want to hear from those who don't look/act/think like me"?

What Is the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Dr. King wrote extensively and spoke widely during the African American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In his work he expressed his analysis of the problems facing American society and his vision for a more hopeful future.

African Women Who Deserve Movies

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 01.08.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

Recently there have been rumors that Beyonce is planning to write and star in a film about a woman named Sara Baartman. As important as Baartman's story is, I also think there are many other African women whose stories are worth being made into films as well.

Why I Expect Black Families To Stand Against Islamophobia

Jamillah Karim | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Jamillah Karim

Yes, I have high expectations when it comes to African Americans and Islamophobia. I do not expect black Americans, who experience hate crimes more than any other group in this country, to turn around and treat with contempt another group that does not look like the white majority.

The Bigger the Lie the More People Believe It

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Evelyn Leopold

The problem in the never-ending presidential campaign is that words matter, and candidate Donald Trump has had an impact on Republicans, and sometimes even the Obama administration, when it comes to refugees and migrants. The nativist repetition about the evils of Islamic foreigners and Hispanic migrants resonates.

Black Lives Matter: Fighting Violence and HIV

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Black Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

I don't identify as black, but my genes would beg to differ, or at least offer evidence for me to reconsider my self-labeling as a white Latino. My light skin color is less revealing than it may seem. My family tree provides a more complex picture of my racial identity.

Why Muslims Must Support #BlackLivesMatter

Hamzah Raza | Posted 12.31.2015 | Religion
Hamzah Raza

Social justice and standing up to systematic oppression is a rich part of American Muslim history. If American Muslims are to reject #BlackLivesMatter, we are effectively rejecting the legacy of people like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, pillars of the history of Islam in America.

The Severe Effect Of Racial Wealth Gap On Black Lives

ProPublica | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices

Due to the racial wealth gap, black families have far less in savings than whites. The consequences can be far-reaching and often severe....

Top 5 Stories Involving Black People and HIV in 2015

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

This year saw a remarkable number of advances in the fight against HIV infection, both medical and policy-related. Those advances have made it possible for us to set our sights on ending the epidemic, which disproportionately affects African Americans.

13 Affirmations for the New Year That Will Change Your Life

Quassan Castro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

As we move into a New Year, here are 13 affirmations I've created that will lead you into a fabulous New Year.

In the 'Hour Late' (Joe Webster 3)

Jon Horford | Posted 12.28.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

We can choose to follow any path in life. What it really comes down to is deciding that the price we pay is worth the decisions made.

Actor Lendale Johnson Talks About the Culture Shock from Being Transferred to a Predominately White Student Body

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ilana Rapp

Who exactly is Lendale Johnson? He's a positive force in this world we call home. He beat the odds growing up in an almost all white neighborhood. He came out on top after being made fun of as a child. He does charity work with a passion.

The Best Films 2015

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year. They've entertained us. Made us laugh, feel courageous, scared, romantic and ...

Who Is Shaping Notions of 'Right' Parent Involvement?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
The Conversation US

As parents, you are constantly walking on a thin line. If you don't show up at the school enough, it's assumed you don't care about your child's education; show up too much and you're a "helicopter parent" who suffocates your child and her/his teachers by your "overinvestment."

The Many Souls of African American Food

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.21.2015 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

I was immediately intrigued by the somewhat clunky but memorable title of the essay collection edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach: Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways from Slavery to Obama.

Is the Repellent Mockery of Others the New American Norm?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Why are most articles written with sentences in the declarative instead of the interrogative structure? Is it because people prefer to be told what to think instead of being asked to think? If yes, could this preference explain some of the seeming madness going on in America today?