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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 07.02.2015 | 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 | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.21.2015 | 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

Akirah Robinson | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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 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': 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 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.

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 04.29.2015 | 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.