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Ms. Jannie's Song

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

I come from a people who are familiar with the brutal lash of injustice. I am the direct descendant of survivors of the Middle Passage. My brown skin ...

The Meaning Of #BlackGirlMagic, And How You Can Get Some Of It

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Style

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A Day In The Life of Makeda, A Daddy's Daughter Extraordinaire

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I woke up to the smell of sausage frying with onions and ketchup--yummy! My stomach was already grumbling. I stumbled out of my purple and white floral bed sheets and walked through the maze of doorways to the pink tiled bathroom, and began the morning freshening up routine.

If Girls of Color Are Not Safe in School, Where Can They Be?

Nakisha M. Lewis | Posted 10.30.2015 | Women
Nakisha M. Lewis

If the institutions and adults entrusted with protecting young people continue to enable the school-to-prison pipeline through their bias and subsequent actions, where is it that girls of color can feel safe?

Black Girls Deserve Protection From Police Too

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

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Black Girls and the Police State Menace

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

From high-achieving older students to the tiniest students just starting out, black girls are criminalized at every step of their school careers. While white children are given the social and cultural space to "just be kids" black children must always toe the line of respectability or risk detention, assault and/or death.

Call My Mama: The Biggest Lesson from Spring Valley High

EBONY.com | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Regardless of the screams and cries for help, Black parents alone cannot save their children. In most cases, if they tried to intervene, they would become victims of the same fate.

How Did They Treat You?

Jennifer Farmer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Jennifer Farmer

In schools, as in the rest of the community, Black women and girls are labeled loud, unruly, angry and disruptive. These unfair stereotypes affect how our children are treated in schools, and beyond.

17 Ways Amandla Stenberg Flawlessly Exemplified Black Girl Magic

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices

Amandla Stenberg turns 17 today!  The actress, activist and all-around badass teen has attracted a legion of new fans over the last few months wh...

Growing Up a Black Girl in Trinidad

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I grew up in Trinidad in the 80s and 90s as a black girl child. To be black in a country that idealizes the curly hair and mixed ethnicity aesthetic, is rough to say the least. I was black to everyone who saw me, which wouldn't bother me if I wasn't treated as less than because of it.

3 Ways to Empower Our Black Girls This School Year

Nancy Laws | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

Teach them to understand their gifts, and to use them wisely. Each and every one of us, has been blessed with gifts, or what you may know as talents. Often times, our children do not know how to hone in on their gifts, in order to use them effectively.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

4 Lessons I've Learned As An Introverted Black Girl

Quiet Revolution | Nichole Nichols | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living

The thought of an after-five networking mixer exhausts me. It’s not that I don’t like meeting new people. It’s not that I’m an anti-social her...

Black Women-Owned Businesses Skyrocket By 322 Percent Since 1997

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, a new study reveals. The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Rep...

Police Criminals and the Brutalization of Black Girls

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

As with police beatings and murders of men of color, there is no special dispensation for black women victims of state violence, no "weaker sex" clause that mitigates the brutalization of black women's bodies as hypersexualized policed space.

Striking Image Flips The Narrative Around Black Women And Police Brutality On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices

When 29-year-old artist Markus Prime watched footage of a McKinney, Texas police officer aggressively manhandling a 15-year-old black girl, he was ove...

Lilly Workneh

#SayHerName: Black Women And Girls Matter, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices

Tanisha Anderson. Rekia Boyd. Miriam Carey. Michelle Cusseaux. Shelly Frey. Kayla Moore. These names are etched into tombstones that stand ove...

What's So Super About Minimizing Black Girls?

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.24.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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

Kira Wyatt | Posted 06.07.2015 | Black Voices
Kira Wyatt

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 06.05.2015 | 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': 'Being Mary Jane' Powerfully Explores Race And Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.30.2015 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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.