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It's Time for a Unified Front Against Discrimination

Abigail Golden-Vazquez | Posted 12.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Abigail Golden-Vazquez

The political power of groups battling discrimination can only be magnified through unity. The children of Charlotte's undocumented workers have been raised as Americans, attended American schools and know the history of the civil rights movement in their communities.

Spectacular Holiday Decor in Los Angeles Townhouse

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Style
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The collection on display represented all manner of iconic holiday images -- most with an African-American theme with American patriotic accents -- punctuating spaces around the room. President Obama was even represented on a glass tree ornament on a small tree.

Trillectro Investor, Jason Mowatt Teams Up With President Obama's MBK, Mike Muse and the Small Business Administartion

RaVal Davis | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
RaVal Davis

The My Brother's Keeper Millennial Entrepreneurs Video series continues with the second episode. Mike Muse the MBK Millennial Entrepreneurs Champion, ...

Why Black Churches Don't Want You to Read 'Sidechickology'

Jeff Rivera | Posted 12.12.2015 | Black Voices
Jeff Rivera

It's the book that has tongues wagging. Sidechickology is the salacious story of two ministers and their steamy drama-filled affairs that some say are based on true events. The real question on everyone's mind is: Who is the author, Body of Work who co-wrote this scandalous book with Allison Hobbs?

In the 'Hour Late' ( Joe Webster 2 )

Jon Horford | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

Even after exceeding expectations for black people in the south by becoming wealthy landowners, Joe's family could not escape the harsh realities of the times.

Courts Must Decide What We Already Know: Racism and Stigma Cause Harm

Miriam Yeung | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Miriam Yeung

For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women to fight to end the stigma of racism, the court asks us to first prove that these cause harm. People of color often have to confront systems built by white people who do not value our pain the same as their own. This is especially true when it comes to racism itself.

The Majority of Black People Will Not Vote for Donald Trump

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

Trump remains convinced that blacks will turnout for him heftily in the general election. Here's why he's wrong: On the issues that matter most to black people--the economy, violence, education and healthcare--Trump is consistently on the wrong side of the debate.

Are You 'Too Blessed to Be Stressed'?

Sidney Hankerson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Sidney Hankerson

"I'm too blessed to be stressed" is repeated by people of faith like a badge of honor. The reality is that we are all stressed.

The Trump's 100.. What a Shame...

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

You pastors that met with him are a disgrace to the progress of our communities and to use the "calling" of the ministry to seek your own personal gains is not the work of God.

On World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to...

10 Daily Positive Affirmations For When Black Lives Forget That They Matter

Minaa B | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

As a black woman, I feel as if I have to be more in tune with my humanness- I can't just focus on my soul, but the body that houses it and the flesh that gives it substance.

Are You Sure You Know the Latest HIV-Prevention Strategies?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Too few people within the black community and other disproportionately-affected groups have access to or even know about the options that are available, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent infection or antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat it.

In the 'Hour Late'

Jon Horford | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Jon Horford

Joe Webster has lived an amazing life. He considers himself to have been very fortunate in terms of familial support and opportunities given. And it all stems from a brave decision his Great Grandmother made one hundred and fifty one years ago.

Gods and Kings Unseen: Whitewashing Roles in Film and Television

Cierra Lockett | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Why is it that we can see B-list white actors, such as Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Egyptian gods and kings? Better yet, why is it that they can see themselves in those roles? But not A-list black actors such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Idris Elba or Kerry Washington?

7 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Year

Polly Irungu | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Polly Irungu

2015 is coming to a close - whether we are ready or not; whether we like it or not. I am not ready, and I wish I had a few more weeks, but here are a few reflections to ponder: what worked and what could possibly change?

The Only One in the Room: Rod McCullom on Covering HIV and Science as a Black Gay Journalist

JD Davids | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
JD Davids

In his long career as a black gay journalist, Rod McCullom is known for his reporting on science and health (including HIV). As such, he says he has often been the only person of color in the newsroom or production studio -- and almost always the only gay black man.

Showing Our Thanks for Grandparent Caregivers

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

As most of us prepare to gather with family, sharing meals and good times, we as a nation should look at how we value families and support the efforts made within families to provide for future generations.

"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

My Untold Story

Brittney Grimes | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Brittney Grimes

Beauty is something that must come from within. It emanates from inside of you and shines like gold. There is nothing more beautiful and glorious than someone with a wonderful spirit and soul. It is unfortunate in this day and time that little black children are still unconsciously misled to believe they are less beautiful than others.


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you step into the theater to watch this boxing movie, don't look for Rocky. Yes, you'll see and feel remnants of that spirit. But Creed is its own story. Its own franchise. It's the rebellious son that wandered out on its own. For that reason, Baby Boomers and Millennials will dig it.

Breastfeeding Can Help Lower the Rising Risk of Breast Cancer in African-American Women

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

The combination of maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and -- if possible -- breastfeeding can help African-American women lower their risk of breast cancer and provide significant protection against the most aggressive forms of the disease.

College Students Need Lessons in Tolerance and Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Today's students' equating of hurt feelings with scarring wounds is a departure that leads to dangerous overreaction. When unwelcome ideas are decried in the language of pain and injury, the impulse to suppress them -- rather than to challenge and debate them -- can be irresistible.

Black Colleges and the Feeling of Home

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

All too often PWI leaders assume that they have much to teach HBCUs, but this is not the case when it pertains to providing inclusive, nurturing environments that respect African American students.

Don Lemon's Betrayal

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I am no longer confident in his ability as a Black journalist, he is no longer an inspiration for Black journalists who are working just as hard as he did. Mr. Lemon should know better; he is one of the few African-Americans in that field and yet he is adding fuel to the constant fire that we are working tirelessly to extinguish.

An Open Letter From 50 Black Yale Alumni

Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.

We know that Black students at Yale are underrepresented, as are Black faculty. We call on Yale University to enact the following steps in order to begin a process that mitigates against the individual and community damages caused by the racist structures of education.