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What's So Super About Minimizing Black Girls?

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Little girls like mine need and desire to see characters who look like them and are the stars of the show. My girls have often expressed their joy when they see a character of color, exclaiming, "Mom! She's brown like me!" Their excitement is saddening, because it's a rarity.

How Not to Compliment a Black Girl

Sophia Buchanan | Posted 04.17.2015 | Black Voices
Sophia Buchanan

The next time you want to compliment a black girl, compliment her like you would compliment any other human -- because that's all she is. Human.

How My White Husband Reminded Me That I'm a Black Girl Who Rocks

Akirah Robinson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Akirah Robinson

I couldn't stop feeling like Black Girls Rock! was doing more than entertaining us. It was bonding us. Halfway into the show, Michelle Obama walked onto the stage and for some reason, I had a visceral reaction. Suddenly, I started remembering moments from my childhood.

The Literary Journal That Empowers Young, Black, Women

Nancy Laws | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Nancy Laws

The Her Mind Rock Mission has always been to empower young black women to create their own definition of what it means to be young, black and female. What better way to do this than to allow them to express it through their art?

'Black Girls Are Magic': Latest Episode Of 'Being Mary Jane' Powerfully Explores Race And Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

On Tuesday night, the latest episode of "Being Mary Jane" aired on BET and earned high praise from viewers. Well, let’s be real, every episode does....

We Need Real Talk About Black Girls And Women

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices

All this week, experts are gathering at 3p.m. EST to talk about challenges black women and girls face as single mothers, low-wage workers, professiona...

Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

AP | Nekesa Mumbi Moody | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at...

4 Non-Profits That Empower Black Girls

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

There are so many non-profits out there, sometimes it is challenging to find one that you would like to support, and as a mom to 3 extraordinary brown girls, it is important to me that I support organizations that help to build, encourage and empower young black girls within our communities.

20 Photos Of Adorable Little Black Girls That Will Set Your Ovaries On Fire

For Harriet | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices

Little Black girls are divine as soon as they exit the womb. In all our shades, we're magnificent. Now take it all in with these photos of adorable ch...

'Phenomenal' Young Girls Pay Tribute To Maya Angelou

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

Sometimes the smallest voices best deliver the most important messages. What better way to end Black History Month and begin Women's History Month...

'Make Me a Woman'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sarye Huggins is a high school senior in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, a community disproportionately plagued by poverty and violence. Her journey from being a smart, shy girl attending some of the poorest and roughest schools in New York City towards becoming a strong, confident young woman has not been easy.

Black Girls Can Be Green, Too

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Angela D. Coleman

When we picture people who are part of the eco-friendly "green" movement, we don't often picture our Nubian sisters. However, personal experience and data confirms the fact that Black people and other "people of color" can be green.

An Open Letter to My 3 Extraordinary Brown Girls

Nancy Laws | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

You will hear a lot about what it means to be a black woman -- some good, and a lot of it bad. In those moments, when you sit back, confused, and striving to find your own definition of what it means to be a black girl in America, I want you to think about a few things.

Reproductive Justice Matters

Monica Raye Simpson | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
Monica Raye Simpson

"I thought you worked on abortions so how can you also believe Black Lives Matter?" That was the question I was asked when, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I posted remarks, via social media, on the importance of honoring this anniversary.

#BlackLivesMatter Should Contend With Community Violence, Too

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Connecting community violence to the movement for accountability for police brutality would help call attention to the disproportionate violence experienced by all kinds of black women, and girls and it would also create a space to more closely interrogate the detrimental aspects of police abdication on black communities.

How School Suspensions Disproportionately Target Black Girls

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Last year, 12-year-old Mikia Hutchings was suspended from school. She spent her summer on probation, completed 16 hours of community service and faced...

Embracing Who You Are

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, teaching Black children that they don't have to have straight hair or look like anyone else or stop being who they are in order to be accepted is another way of reaffirming that they are already perfect exactly the way God made them.

What About The Girls?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We need to wake up and realize all children, especially those of color -- girls and boys -- need adults to stop criminalizing them and recognize the special risks facing our girls.

Black Girls Killing It Founder Neil Alvin On How He Built a Community for Black Fashionistas

Rana Campbell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I chatted with Neil Alvin about the vision behind BGKI, the brand's evolution, business challenges, and future plans.

Why You Need a Place of Your Own, Right Now

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Black Voices
Angela D. Coleman

Privacy is key to having a healthy space. The girls that we work with tell us that they need something that belongs to them where they could do what they want and need to do to better themselves.

Not Just a Book: "Legacies, a Guide for Young Black Women in Planning Their Future"

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

The stories in this book are designed to educate and motivate our children of all colors (and even adults) on black heritage, roots and the entire black race.

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.07.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

I haven't even barely started this fatherhood thing yet, and I already feel powerless in my ability to accomplish my main duty -- keeping my child safe.

Pharrell Responds To Controversial Album Cover Backlash

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices

As Pharrell Williams gears up for the March 3 release of his second-solo studio opus, “G I R L,” the “Happy” crooner has faced a bit of contro...

Meet Your First Black Girlfriend And All The Things You Shouldn't Say To Her

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Meet NYC-based writer and comedian, Akilah Hughes. She is your first black girlfriend. Akilah has a few things to say in the ways of love, interracial...

How Stereotypes Help Black Boys But Hurt Black Girls In School

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices

Many studies have focused on young African-American boys and their experience in school. From gender biases in teacher grading that start as early as ...