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The Nuances Of Womanhood And Black Inclusivity

Cierra Lockett | Posted 06.18.2016 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Race and gender cannot be separated for black women. Black women do not have the privilege of living their lives as solely black or solely women at any given point in time. They endure both struggles at once.

Remembering Fathers Who Have Been Victimized By Violence

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 06.13.2016 | Black Voices
The Vera Institute of Justice

Father's Day allows us to take stock of the important role fathers and father figures play in the lives of children. Over the years, a growing body of research has consistently demonstrated the value of positive involvement by fathers.

Mental Illness Is Not Just A 'White Person's Disease'

Christina Bolden | Posted 06.09.2016 | Black Voices
Christina Bolden

In the black community, mental illness is thought of as a "white person's disease." It is nothing that affects black people. But mental illness is not dependent upon race or gender. Your emotions are valid, and you are valid.

How A Black Community Responds To A Father's Absence

Dominique N. Mack | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique N. Mack

The product of a teenage mother and absentee father you'd believe that Wallace's chances for success were slim. Combine those odds with being Black an...

The Truth About Homophobia In The Black Community

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The majority of African Americans support nondiscrimination laws. The majority support protections for LGBT people in our society, and oppose allowing religious refusal laws. All of this is true even with high levels of church attendance, traditional religious beliefs and fidelity to the bible among African Americans.

The State of Black Fatherhood: Parenting Behind Bars

Dominique N. Mack | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique N. Mack

Too many children lose a parent not due to death but because of our system, past mistakes, the book of public opinion, and the financial restraints of imprisonment. Therefore, prison like a death sentence to the children they leave behind.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Matthew Gates | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew Gates

Mental health is something that is widely disregarded amongst the black community. If someone of color is facing mental uncertainties, we only seem to label them as the "crazy" family member or friend, gossip about their "craziness," and ask everybody in the church to pray for them.

Why The Wiz Live is Important

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

This dazzling display of musical talent from an all-star black cast was not only entertaining, but it was also important for a variety of reasons that many who are not black won't be able to understand.

The 1976 Soweto Uprising in South Africa

ADST | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
ADST

By the 1970's, South Africa's majority black communities were sick and tired of Apartheid's oppressive policies, which led to an increase in violence, protests and militant activity. However, not all organizations and group efforts to fight apartheid involved violence.

This Is Why I Send My Son To Private School

Michelle Maltais | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Michelle Maltais

There are no do-overs or reboots, and our primary job as parents is to lay a solid foundation for our children's future. I want more for my son. I expect more of my son -- and so should his school. My kids are not an experiment for a foundering system.

Do the Police See Shades of Black?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

This belief that a light-skinned man is less likely to be harassed than a man of a darker shade is ignorance at its worst. The hashtag we all use these days says #BlackLivesMatter -- last time I checked, that wasn't shade specific. They don't see shades, why should we?

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2016 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

7 Ways We Can Respond to the Trauma of Charleston

Thema Bryant-Davis | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Thema Bryant-Davis

This most recent tragedy is not an isolated violation, but an exclamation mark in a long string of violations.

You Better Mind Your Black Business!

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 05.06.2016 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

Ebony Costain, the founder of Ujamaa Box, was imbued with the spirit of entrepreneurship by her parents who owned a residential painting company.

The True Meaning of MLK Day

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

We need to get a grip on the fact that the entire white race is not racist. Dr. King would be proud to see that his legacy was being celebrated by all. Does #ReclaimMLK mean that only we as black people should be celebrating a man who wanted us to walk together?

On Being Unbowed

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

With the new year, what I feel in addition to excitement is a renewed confidence in my community, a belief that no matter what comes or what the future holds, we can make it, because we made it through last year.

Why I Make the Movies I Make

Gina Prince-Bythewood | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Gina Prince-Bythewood

Movies have power. Power to impact society and the choices we make. I want to entertain, but I also want to say something to the world. I want us to look up on screen and be inspired to want more for ourselves, to want to love, and to love ourselves.

Actually, Blacks Do Care About Black Crime

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

In cities across the country, crowds are protesting police violence against unarmed black men. Demonstrators want justice, not just for Michael Brown,...

This Is What The Black Voices Family Is Thankful For

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

This year, Thanksgiving came at a time of great unrest in the black community. Thousands of protesters disrupted calm across the whole of America a...

Our So-Called Justice System

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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Tyler James Williams: The Black Community Is 'Notoriously Homophobic'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

Actor Tyler James Williams, who made a splash in this year’s breakout indie darling “Dear White People,” sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday ...

Considering American Cultural Logic as We Await Mike Brown Verdict

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 01.17.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

Even as verdict after verdict continues to excuse White authority figures of their wrongdoing, the Black community is expected to understand that police officers have a very hard job.

Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis for Black Women

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices
Josh Sugarmann

It is a sad and unfortunate fact that the gun violence epidemic -- which kills tens of thousands of Americans every year -- has a disproportionate impact on the black community. This is true not only for men, but for black women as well.

Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Krystal Reddick | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Krystal Reddick

There is stigma in every racial and ethnic community around mental health, but especially so in the black community. But there is nothing more important than self-care. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. We were not meant to soldier on alone. We are part of communities for a reason.