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When Suddenly No Lives Matter

Chelsie Dort | Posted 07.12.2016 | Parents
Chelsie Dort

Hate breeds hate and our only hope left in this world lies within what we can control. Hope isn't in your Facebook status, your Ksl news article debate or even your good-willed peace protests. It starts at home, and it starts with you.

What Makes A Person 'Truly' Black? The Complicated Intersection Of Genetics And Race

Sil Lai Abrams | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Sil Lai Abrams

Unlike some who assert that race is irrelevant and try to minimize its importance by pointing out that it is purely a social construct, I believe it DOES matter.

My Multiracial Identity Isn't A Party Trick Or A Hookup Goal

The Establishment | Posted 06.19.2016 | Women
The Establishment

He beamed at me, confident that he had just bestowed upon me one of the great accomplishments that all multiracial women hope for: the badge of honor for completing the last arch in a white man's hook­up rainbow.

A Guide for Educators: Meeting the Needs of Biracial Kids at School

Diedre Anthony | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Diedre Anthony

As educators, we are in the unique position to break the chains of discrimination within the boundaries of our classrooms. We can work with our parents, community members and administrators to bring diversity to our schools on a regular basis.

Please Stop Asking Where My Brown Kids Are From

Megan Dowd Lambert | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Megan Dowd Lambert

I'm a white mother of six children, five of whom are children of color, and four of whom came home to our family through foster-adoption.

What Are You? You Look Different

Tiffany McElroy | Posted 05.02.2016 | Black Voices
Tiffany McElroy

I actually never knew I was different until people -- well, adults -- would single me out and ask me questions that were quite absurd, such as: "What are you?"

Keanu

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Walk in the theater not expecting much. Walk out charmed and happy. Key & Peele will have that kind of affect on you. And that little furball that plays Keanu is worth his weight in catnip.

New Movie Shows How One Multicultural Family Deals With Race

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 04.20.2016 | Black Voices

"Little Boxes," a compelling new film, tackles the complex ways mixed-race families handle issues of race. Written by Annie Howell and directed by Ro...

9 Stories That Powerfully Capture What It's Like To Be Multiracial

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

Multiracial Americans are a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population — growing three times as fast as the population as a whole, according to a 2...

What I've Learned About Race And Motherhood From Having A Son Who Can 'Pass' As White

The Stir | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
The Stir

My son will have questions, and my husband and I will be the guiding forces. We want to raise him with a strong black identity, but he is also half white and Jewish so we want to raise him with that identity as well.

'Is She His?'

Liza Dora | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents
Liza Dora

It's not OK to insinuate I cheated on my husband. It's not OK to ask if she's really his. I know you're not funny. It's become obvious in the last 15 seconds. But let's think about a more appropriate way to break the ice. Something less private, like how much money we make or possibly our medical records?

When My Cute Black Kid Becomes What You Fear Most

The Establishment | Posted 01.09.2016 | Black Voices
The Establishment

Today, my kids are deemed "golden" and "adorable" and "sweet" because they look the way society has decided children should look. In a few years, as they grow into black young adults and men, that same line of superficial reasoning will mark them as dangerous.

This Is What It's Like To Be The Only Black Kid In Class

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices

Poet S.C. Says stood out among the white peers he grew up with. He admitted how much this bothered him in a spoken word piece he performed at the 2014...

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

Being Biracial: Our Identity Should Not Be on Trial

EBONY.com | Posted 12.08.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

As a biracial person of color, I'd like to state that for the record, identifying as Biracial is about as anti-Black as claiming that Black Lives Matter is anti-white. The idea of being honest about your background as a negative has been troublesome to me for as long as I can remember.

The Biracial Backlash: Zendaya, Alicia Keys and Other Activists Targeted Over Mixed Race Heritage

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

Backlash is rolling in again over Ebony Magazine's 70th Anniversary Cover. Still wondering if it's possible to highlight biracial/black activists promoting black social justice causes without immediate backlash - from whites and blacks. Who gets to decide? Better yet, who is calling it out?

Mixed Like Us: 5 Ways to Support Biracial Children at Home and in School

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 12.02.2015 | Education
Kimberly Cooper

Growing up biracial, I'd learned that negative social perceptions of biracial, multiracial and transracially adopted children were largely impacting the growth, well-being, and resources available to members of our own community at home and in schools. Asserting that biracial children were more "mixed-up" than mixed-race only served to further perpetuate negative stereotypes about us.

Taye Diggs Wants His Son To Be Called ‘Mixed,’ Not Black

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices

Taye Diggs doesn't want you to call his son black -- he wants him to identify as "mixed." Diggs, who recently wrote a book title Mixed Me! for his bir...

'No Really... What Are You?'

The Establishment | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I can almost feel my mother's heart break when I'm asked about my family history. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage, and proud to be an American, but when I think of the cost and loss my mother suffered, my pride is twinged with betrayal.

Biracial Identity: My Choice, Not Society's

Natasha Sim | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Natasha Sim

My identity is ever-changing, but regardless of how confusing my identity may be, as I've matured and grown, I have realized that my identity is my choice  --  not society's.

Not Just a 'Black' Girl

Kris M. Bell | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Kris M. Bell

Relatives and random strangers have attempted to use those innocuous features to define me. To those relatives I am just a Black girl, not multiethnic. To everyone else, I am everything but. In my eyes, though, I am more than a mere racial label.

5 Myths about the Obama Presidency and Race

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

The Obama years have stirred up many conflicting ideas about race and racism in America. It will take time and careful analysis to fully understand and unpack all of these issues. We can begin by debunking five popular myths about race and the Obama presidency.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

The Top 5 Things I Want People to Know About My Mixed Family

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.10.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

The following is based on real-life experiences with my family since the birth of my son. It goes without saying that these situations, from cultural misunderstandings to racial/ethnic insensitivity to flat-out ignorance, likely represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what my biracial son can expect to experience throughout his life.

How My Backflip Landed Me at ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 07.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Sonia Smith-Kang

What does this image have to do with ABC's Shark Tank? Well, let me start from the beginning.