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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.

A Mother's Wish for Her Son: Just Stay Alive

Kim Keating | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

My son turns 14 today. I'm sure he's wishing for all sorts of stuff: an Xbox, Beats headphones, maybe even good grades. However, my wish for my son on his 14th birthday is much more fundamental. I wish for him to be able to walk to the grocery store without being harassed or gunned down. I wish for him to live.

A Letter from Lupita: Why Shockoe Bottom Deserves - and Demands - Protection

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

How do you treat the land on which men, women and children were bought, sold, and tortured? By building a major league ballpark upon it, which is exactly what Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is proposing in his "Revitalize RVA" plan.

What Happened in Selma?

Alan Singer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

My greatest concern with the story told in the movie Selma is that it presents the final march from Selma to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act as a triumphant conclusion to the African American Civil Rights Movement. But history is much more complicated.

Rethinking the 'Problems With Black Marriage'

Vicki Larson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Vicki Larson

For anyone who is worried about the "problems of black marriage" -- the lack of marriageable black men, the rise of single unwed black moms, the dismal statistics that indicate black marriages are hard to maintain -- the study is illuminating.

The Spirit of Selma: Nine Students Arrested in Georgia for Protesting Discriminatory Education Policies

Stephen Pitti | Posted 03.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Pitti

As the film Selma screens nationwide to critical acclaim, police from Clarke County arrested nine students on Friday evening in Athens, Georgia, for organizing the first "integrated classroom" for both undocumented and documented youth at the University of Georgia.

2015 Golden Globes: Big Wins for Diversity and Standing Out

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

Go 2015 Golden Globe Awards! The show gave us the comedy magic of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But more importantly, it was a night of big wins for characters and stories that personify the power of standing out exactly as who you are.

Tackling Racial Disparities within the Criminal Justice System

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 03.08.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

This is the sad reality for most people of color in this country, especially African American males. We are guilty until proven lucky. Not even guilty until proven innocent. And very rarely are we even given the benefit of the doubt.

That Day After Christmas

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

On the Friday after Christmas, when the sanitation truck drove away, my neighbor went to retrieve her receptacles expecting nothing out of the ordinary. But as she rolled them back into her yard, she couldn't believe what she found scrawled on the side of one of the receptacles: the "N" word.

Against Odds, Nigerian Artists Make It Happen

Ruthie Abel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Ruthie Abel

While somewhat distanced from the country's worst violence, with daily power cuts and nearly half of the population living below the national poverty line, Lagos is by no means a simple place to make or experience art.

Let My Voice Know No Bounds: An Unorthodox Lesson in Race and Respect

Avi Orlow | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

Those of us with privilege need to be vigilant about standing up for those who are marginalized and oppressed. Like Joseph we need to find our hidden voice and courageously speak out for freedom and justice for all.

Dear White People

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.28.2015 | Black Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.

Selma

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented.

The Mind of a Generation -- Why Christmas Day Was Such a Sad Day for Me!

Juliet Asante | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Juliet Asante

It may be my writing sense that has always made me notice and feel the little things that no one else seems to pay attention to; very often, to my own annoyance and to the exasperation of others.

An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

We are calling on clergy of all ethnicities and faith traditions to join us in leading our nation toward healing and reconciliation.

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Don't Blame Obama If Race Relations Are Worse During His Presidency

Christopher Lamb | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

President Barack Obama said Friday that conditions for black Americans have improved since he became president nearly six years ago. But as he said, blacks still lag behind whites.

Sorority First, Last, and Always aka VH-1 and Sorority Sisters You Will Not Step to Us Like That

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

African American sororities cannot effectively engage in, challenge, or support any effort to address the adverse impact of reality shows or any other issue affecting our community if our reputation is in tatters.

A Word to White and Black Evangelicals in America

David Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
David Moore

These marches are not only about recent cases. Some of us have been all too conscious of police abuse our entire lives, and it has been underway for generations. It's just that we have, as a country, come to a different place.

Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position

Joe Torres | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Joe Torres

Over the past few weeks, this argument has been exposed as nothing more than a ruse meant to deceive lawmakers, regulators and the public.

My Take on Ferguson

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

I realize that many factors play a role in the examples I cite above, including the judicial system itself; official versus real life police attitudes, not to mention the law and recent questionable policing techniques implemented in New York City and elsewhere.

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.

How a Freedom Song Saved Selma

Robert F. Darden | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

If Selma the movie captures the extraordinary human drama of that brave, transformational night at Brown Chapel, then it will deserve every accolade, every award it has thus far received and many, many more to come.

The Best Films of 2014

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's not like Michael Keaton's career was kaput, but it seems like he raised himself from the dead with this invigorating performance. Mexican director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu gave Keaton a plum role.