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The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

Not only are African Americans more likely to believe in the power of dreams but according to dream research and author Tony Shafton, more than 90 percent of African Americans surveyed believed that dreams had the ability to predict the future.

Advancing the 'Weird Brown Girl Movement'

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

An African City is creator Nicole Amarteifio's web series chronicling the lives of five young Ghanaian women. In the comments on YouTube, someone asks, "Why are they acting like white girls?" Filmmaker, and one of the stars of An African City, Nana Mensah has never known how to answer that question.

Dana Liebelson

Dozens of African-American Cops In Tennessee Face Demotions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of African-American police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, are facing demotions to the positions they held over a decade ago in r...

Are You Afraid of Detroit?

Kerri Allen | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Kerri Allen

The media hasn't been too kind to the Motor City, so most people who haven't visited seem to assume it's a wasteland of abandoned buildings and zombie workers from old car factories.

The Digital Marketing Revolution's Multicultural Core

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Cesar M. Melgoza

For today's digital marketers, I ask a simple question: "Are multicultural audiences a key component of your digital strategy?" If you don't know the answer, then a huge business opportunity is probably passing you by.

Great Migration Shortened Lives Of Blacks Who Fled Jim Crow South

NBC News | Errin Whack | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

The move North for millions of African-Americans during the Great Migration brought greater economic and educational opportunities — but also new st...

Fifty Years After Medicare Desegregated Hospitals, Blacks Still Fighting for Health Care Access

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

The ability to access quality health care services for the majority of the black population has been largely due to federal government policies and initiatives designed to address long-standing, systemic barriers to medical care for African Americans.

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

Once White in America

Jane Lazarre | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Jane Lazarre

Am I black in a cop's hands when he is pushing, pressing hard for dope or a gun or a rope or a knife or a fist? I am not a black body, yet my body is somehow, somewhere, theirs -- Trayvon's, Emmett's, thousands more at the end of a rope's tight murderous swing.

Little Women, Big Risks

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Science
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

We have to let our girls have their girlhood and not be pushed into premature womanhood. It's not healthy for them as children and continues to affect them as adults.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane, bloodsucking art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic -- prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.

Why Won't My Family and Friends Do More to Help My Business?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

So often this is the question I get from so many business owners I speak to. They say they expect so much more is from the people that are closer to them.

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.