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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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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 11.27.2014 | 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.

The Image Gap: The Price Many of 'Us' Pay for Growing Up Different

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

We're kings, queens, merchants. Immerse your child in their history. Only the truth of who they really are can fill the very image gap we strive so hard to prevent in the first place. Set them free.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

Dividing the Conquered: The False Dichotomy Between Black and Queer

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

Michael Sam and Jason Collins should complicate our understandings of athletes not Blackness. They complicate our accepted notions of masculinity. It is not that their race doesn't matter, but their sex has catapulted them in ways others haven't which speaks to a deeper issue.

Thoughts on the "Black Woman Chair" Scandal

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nydia Dauphin

In this photo might be explained by the fact that in her empty gaze, we see a reflection of the nameless, countless souls people have sat on and continue to sit on. Souls that, more often than not, belong to colored bodies, female bodies.

Governor Cuomo, It's Time to Raise the Age

Letitia James | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Letitia James

Governor Cuomo should continue to make strides in criminal justice reform by putting an end to an injustice that sets us apart from nearly every other state in the nation.

Voting Matters

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

If the nation does not turn the corner and return economic promise to most of its citizens, the divide between the haves and have not, will grow and bring with it the type of unrest that comes with dissatisfaction.

Healthcare for All: At Long Last

Marc H. Morial | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Here's why the ACA is especially vital for African Americans, who are twice as likely to be uninsured, and who suffer from more chronic, and life threatening conditions than any other minority group.

SNL is NOT the Only Option

Nadjawa McCoy | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Nadjawa McCoy

Instead of breathing down SNL's back to hire a more diverse cast, we should be knocking on the doors of networks, demanding that they let more people in.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

Black Fraternities, It's Time to Come Out for Relevance

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.29.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

What black fraternities have done by not actively including all men of color, despite sexual orientation, to consider joining is create yet another rift within the black community.