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An Illustrative Identity of Fashion and Style Throughout African-American History and Movements

Danielle James | Posted 04.12.2015 | Style
Danielle James

Fashion, throughout history, has created an illustrative identity within African-American history. Fashion is a statement and speaks volumes with little to no words.

'Dark Girls'

Suna Senman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Suna Senman

The overall tone gives a glow of positivity -- like the sunlight warming a cold place in the shadows. Dark Girls gives us all an opportunity to reflect on our unconscious thoughts, words and actions.

Sale of Ebony and Jet Photos Like Eating the Seed Corn

William H. Turner | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

At the darkest times in segregated America, I could read any issue of Jet or Ebony and feel content that blacks -- that I -- could still excel in any human endeavor. Happy thoughts, cheer and optimism filled the pages.

Walker's "Drafting Error" and the Democratic Promise of Executive Function

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.10.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Walker's attack has traction for the same reason extremist forces have been able to attack education across the country. The purpose and cultural logic of education have shrunk, creating vulnerabilities.

Hands Up. Don't Foreclose.

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Jorge Newbery

We need to focus on keeping families in their homes, providing children stability, and restoring trust and respect between families and banks, law enforcement, and our government. "Hands Up. Don't Foreclose."

War Memorial Separates Dead By Race: 'Whites' And 'Colored'

AP | Jeffrey Collins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Black Voices

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing...

America: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Ronda Lee | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Some are thinking, why do you have to bring up race? Forgive and forget. It is the same refrain as the unfaithful spouse asking why the partner brings up past infidelities. That is water under the bridge. America, the water under the bridge is about to overtake the bridge.

Akon On The Real Reason Why African-Americans Overlook Traveling To Africa

Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices

--Multiplatinum recording artist-producer Akon explains why Africa isn’t viewed as an ideal location to vacation for African-Americans. (Al Jaze...

The High-Flying Adventures of Kristin Finley

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"My father would be rolling over in his grave if he knew I gave up a secure, well-paying job to start a circus career." Most parents mean well. They sincerely want the best for their children. Unfortunately, that often means the best as they see it.

Eric Garner's Only Crime Was Indignation. He Should Be Alive Today.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Black Voices
H. A. Goodman

Eric Garner verbally expressed indignation at feeling harassed and unfairly targeted, and now he's dead.

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.

Serena Williams: How to Stand Out and Win

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.02.2015 | Sports
Jimmy Nguyen

Tennis history was made today as Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to win her 6th Australian Open. More importantly, Serena's 19th Grand Slam s...

How Important Is It to See Minorities in Movies?

The OpEd Project | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

We need to tell new stories. We need to see new actors who look, sound and act like the real America. Racism is not just a concept. It is as staring down at us from the big and small screens.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

'Black or White' Tackles a Touchy Subject

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Only a very perceptive filmmaker could tackle the topic of race relations and be remotely successful. It would require a writer/director to be smart, balanced, sensitive and able to see both sides of the issue.

Oscars 2015: So Hollywood Is Still Racist (and Sexist), Now What?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
A. B. Wilkinson

Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.

In the Debate Over Police and Race, We Can't Forget the Most Critical Issue

Toni Irving | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Toni Irving

The police are just one actor in a larger stage driven by our racial climate. Their roles are more visible and are attended to, accordingly. We must do a better job building bridges between law enforcement and people of color and roads to stronger communities.

Black History Month Matters Because for Many of Us, It Is the Only History We Have

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices
Kiara Imani Williams

To those of every race who have fought for, and continue to fight for, the equal rights of African Americans in this country, your stories, sacrifices, and contributions will not be forgotten. I will not allow it. Black lives matter. Black history matters. And we will not forget.

Historic Places as Sites of Conscience: Shockoe Bottom's Potential to Change Society

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

In Richmond, a new alliance of social justice activists and historic preservationists has formed to protect Shockoe Bottom against incompatible development. Leadership of the alliance includes Preservation Virginia; Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; and a working group of preservationists from nearby Church Hill.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 5

Dave Kreissman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

If you've been following my historical view of Muhammad Ali, you've learned about his rise to prominence, his religious and political awakening and his repudiation by the boxing establishment and mainstream American culture.

Why Young People Need to See 'Selma'

Kim Keating | Posted 03.21.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

We must make sure the movies we create and the stories we tell are accurate and honest so that our children may learn from history.

Resurrecting Dr. King

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

Dr. King became a martyr for peace, justice and equality. Did his life and death truly change social conditions in the United States? Or, were the federal laws associated with the Civil Rights Movement only window dressing, disguising fundamental inequalities that remain intransigent?

Ethnic Relations Are the 'Best They Ever Have Been', Which Is Why There Is So Much Acute Tension

Stephen Palacios | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Stephen Palacios

Despite the bleak portrait painted by the news these days of civil tension and racial clashes, we can actually take heart in the emerging signs of continuing progress heralded by this evidence of our culture's rising standards. Do we have ways to go? Sure. But, though it may not feel like it, the path to progress is indeed being traveled.

The Wedding Ringer

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.18.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The Wedding Ringer isn't innovative, but ultimately it's a crowd-pleasing movie. Hart, with his command of social media, will get fans in theater seats. Garelick's writing/direction coupled with the cast's high jinks will keep audiences laughing.

How We Can Achieve a More Inclusive History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

This long weekend, as we reflect on his life and legacy, we also renew our dedication to a cause Dr. King held dear: ensuring the story we tell ourselves as a nation is an inclusive one, which does justice to all our communities and captures the full spectrum of the American past.