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Common On Being Black In America: 'I Look At It As A Gift'

OWN | Posted 03.06.2015 | OWN

As a celebrity with a powerful platform, Oscar winner Common often speaks out with focused intensity about the struggles for justice, dignity and free...

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.

MLK's Birthday: Hitting Us Where We Live

Andre Shashaty | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

On the anniversary of King's birth, I can't help but think how disappointed he would be if he were alive to see how hard it is to build affordable housing in affluent, mostly white communities, thereby precluding many blacks from living in places with good schools and job opportunities.

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

Here's Where To Protest Police Killings Of Black Men

The Huffington Post | Jan Diehm | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

One week after a Staten Island, New York, grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, protests continue nati...

The Worst States for Black Americans

24/7 Wall Street | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business

Racial disparities in social and economic outcomes exist in all parts of the United States. Black Americans make about 62 cents for every dollar earne...

Eric Garner's Death Was 'Legal' in the United States. America Killed Him, Not Police.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The manner in which law enforcement protects this country is a reflection of the values within our society, and everything from "stop-and-frisk" to racial profiling speak volumes of who we are as a nation.

The Fear of Black Bodies in Motion

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Throughout our history black bodies in motion have been deemed a threat. This is the common denominator in every case in this recent reign of terror on black bodies.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

Top Five

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

How Can White Americans Be Free?

Salon | Kartina Richardson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices

It’s clear that we as Black and Brown Americans, are still recovering from the racist indoctrinations of the past 500 years. Though laughable it sou...

That Other Syndrome

Laurie Townshend | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

You are being distracted from the true debilitating disease plaguing this nation, namely DBLS: Disposable Black Life Syndrome.

America, the Walls of Ferguson Must Come Down!

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

We must continue to strategize. We must continue to organize. We must vote. We must also cry out against the societal walls threatening to prevent a new generation of Michael Browns from receiving a quality education, jobs and justice they deserve.

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.

Stop Bullying My Blackness: A Black History Month Wish

Tré Easton | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

I've never really cared for Black History Month. I like to take the Morgan Freeman approach to these particular issues. Black history is American history and American history is black history.

The 2014 Pan African Film Festival Gives Top Award to Of Good Report

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6th to the 17th -- 177 feature films, docs, shorts and web series screened daily at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Locals and out-of-towners gathered to honor black films.

Money Talks

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Companies are quick to take our dollars, but slow or non-existent to invest in our business ventures, in our ideas and in our communities. It's time for a drastic change, and as the old adage goes, money talks.

LISTEN: Don Lemon Urges Black Community On Important Subject

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices

Yesterday, the nation was rocked by yet another mass shooting that claimed the lives of 13 people and, once again, left the country asking questions a...

Don Lemon's Latest Controversial Statement

Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices

Who are America’s black leaders? Not the activists, or entrepreneurs, community mobilizers or preachers. According to Don Lemon, the new black leade...

March on Washington 2013: 50 Years Later, What's Stopping Us Now?

Mike Green | Posted 10.26.2013 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Dr. King would be proud of the new legacy personified by President Obama. What's stopping us from getting off the sidelines and into the game with him? In like manner to 20th century technology, excuses today are obsolete.

Is It Time For A Black Emoji?

Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

First, black twitter gets a wiki page, now there's a group petitioning Apple to add more diversity to emoji symbols. The petition prompt reads: "Of...

Do We Live In A Colorblind Society? Half of Americans Say No

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 10.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Has the U.S. achieved Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a colorblind society? Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made ...

QUIZ: Was This Said In 1963 Or 2013?

Posted 08.22.2013 | Black Voices

2013 has been filled with racially charged moments. From the Zimmerman Trial to stop-and-frisk laws, race relations and the progress of Black America ...

Looking for Televised Insight Into Black Condition Is Hopeless

Jason Whitlock | Posted 09.28.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Whitlock

The uniqueness of the black American experience and the side effects of that experience are not difficult to relate to, convey or understand. It's just that most pundits and broadcasters are far too lazy, scared and convinced of viewer ignorance to go beyond simple-minded, attention-grabbing sound bites.