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Drake: The Rapper We Deserve, But Not the Rapper We Need

Alexander Williams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices
Alexander Williams

This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

When you step into the theater to watch this boxing movie, don't look for Rocky. Yes, you'll see and feel remnants of that spirit. But Creed is its own story. Its own franchise. It's the rebellious son that wandered out on its own. For that reason, Baby Boomers and Millennials will dig it.

How Walter Dean Myers Taught Me To Stop Writing White

Sofia Quintero | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices
Sofia Quintero

My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

A 'Very Black' Social Movement Is Encouraging A Dialogue Around Race

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices

These men are helping to shape the dialogue around what it means to be black with a bold new statement.  Photographer Justin Fulton, 28, and arti...

The Complex Art of Reclaiming African Culture

Cierra Lockett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Are African-Americans appropriating the fashion and other aspects of African lifestyles, or are they rightfully reclaiming their culture?

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

For four decades, some determined people sought to change the course of American history.Some ideals, are now part of the fabric of the country, like breakfast programs for inner city kids. Stick with this movie. It has a lot to say, a lot to reveal and is pertinent to today's testy police/civilian race relations.

Learning How to Respect Your Struggles

Minaa B | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

Respect Your Struggle believes that in life there is room for failure. You don't have to be afraid of being different. You don't always have to be strong. You are not alone in your suffering, and despite the struggles that you face, your life is deserving of its best chance.

Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival: NO Ism Schism!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

No Sexism. No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness. Basically, no divide among people caused by ANY prejudice beliefs!

Afropunk Festival Takes Over the World

Lauri Lyons | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Lauri Lyons

If you haven't noticed, there is a cultural shift taking place in America, and across the globe. The shift is loud, colorful, disruptive, and at times entertaining. Afropunk, the international music festival and community, is part of the alternative cultural shift.

8 Times Black Hairstyles Have Been Culturally Appropriated

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices

On Wednesday, Elle UK called baby hair a "trend" and credited Katy Perry for inspiring it.  They were wrong -- black women have been ro...

Review: Lila & Eve

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

This project started with actress/producer Viola Davis and screenwriter Pat Gilfillan who spent two years interviewing mothers of murdered children to prep for the script. Davis and co-star Jennifer Lopez worked together originally on the film Out of Sight back in 1998.

Elle UK Thinks Katy Perry Inspired A Hair Trend Black Women Have Worn For Decades

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Baby hair is nothing new to black women but Elle UK thinks it’s a "trend." New Trend Alert: Baby hairs. Here's everything you ...

Cultural Appropriation: It's Not About Kylie Jenner's Braids

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

The moment mainstream media respectfully recognizes, acknowledges and represents the source, purpose, and most importantly the people behind different cultures, rather than reduce it to just costumes or hot trends, is the moment we can begin to define "cultural exchange."

Tap World

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

At one point in this sweet gem of a documentary, two tap dancers from different parts of the world define the joy and philosophy of tap dancing: "Dance to express, not to impress" says Chloe Arnold of the U.S. "I dance, therefore I am," states Arthur Benhamou of Paris.

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

Minaa B | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Yes, You Can Be Black And Wear Sperrys

Jared Hunter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Jared Hunter

I would like to think I'm black. And at first glance, it's apparent I am. My skin and hair say so. And if anything, I've got a birth certificate that solidifies my heritage. I would like to think I'm black. But sometimes, I'm not sure if others of my race agree.

Black Like Me... NOT! Rachel Dolezal and the Myth of (Her) Blackness

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Though Rachel Dolezal might have compassion for what it means to be Black in America, her 15-year-old self would not have suffered the indignities as were meted out to in McKinney, Texas.

Rachel Dolezal On 'Today': 'I Identify As Black'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

Rachel Dolezal, the embattled former NAACP leader whose white parents say she misrepresented her identity by masquerading as a black woman for years, ...

#AskRachel: How a Twitter Hashtag Became Black America's Family Reunion

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

One thing to come out of all of this that I find amazing and beautiful is the Twitter hashtag #AskRachel, which started as a sarcastic way to mock and test Rachel's perceived lack of Black bonafides and morphed into a sort of digital family reunion, an electronic walk down memory lane for Black people nationwide.

Memorial Day Weekend: 4 Events In Brooklyn Black Culture Will Be Flourishing

Choyce Miller | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Choyce Miller

Memorial Day weekend is in full swing and Brooklyn has you covered if you are looking to be around some beautiful black culture. If you still don't have any plans check out some of these events where the melanin will definitely be on fleek.

Sybrina Fulton Lends Voice To Art Exhibit: 'I Am Trayvon Martin'

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices

Sybrina Fulton, mother of the slain teenager Trayvon Martin, spoke on a panel discussion in Los Angeles at Manifest Justice, an art activist showcase ...

Losing Isaiah: Is Self Censorship a Way to Avoid Driving While Black?

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

How much freedom of expression does Black America withhold in exchange for a measure of safety in White America? What do we gain by that, and what do we lose? How much of our flavor, our life rhythm do we have to suppress daily to fit in, thrive, and survive?

'Furious 7'

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.31.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Can't say this is the best film of the franchise, because so many of them have been excellent. But it's easily the most daring. Fasten your seat belts and test the airbags. This one accelerates real fast.

Focus Movie Review

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.