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Too Close for Comfort: The Social Significance of New York City's Public Pools

Sarah Thomas | Posted 07.30.2015 | New York
Sarah Thomas

While we outwardly embrace the ethos of crossing cultural, racial, and gendered lines, every New Yorker knows that bigotry dwells here with the same potency it does South Carolina. And, as the history of the New York City pools suggest, evolution has been both slow-going and hard-won.

Ending Apathy from African-American Entertainers

Cierra Lockett | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

As we move forward as a people, it is important that those with power and platforms remember to not only entertain the community, but to enlighten and empower those in it; not only with their art, but with their actions.

The Historic Cemetery Where Black Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Rests In Eternal Peace

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

With all the recent talk of the Confederate flag, it seems appropriate to highlight one of the many overlooked places that are sources of real Southern pride and heritage -- particularly that which is black and Southern.

Happy Birthday, Living Legend Rachel Robinson

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

On Friday, the nation celebrated what would have been the 153rd birthday of pioneering Civil Rights advocate and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Sunday, July 19, 2015 marked the 93rd birthday of another significant woman of color, Rachel Robinson.

Priscilla Frank

Unseen Photos Of The Civil Rights Movement Are As Relevant Now As Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

"What happened in the Misisssippi Delta was profoundly significant because it was a view of human potential that people still don't see when t...

The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

A Sociologist Weighs In On The Charleston Shooting

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Science

A shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday has shaken the country, leaving many reflecting on the state of ...

Rachel Dolezal And The Complex Politics Of White Privilege

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The fact that Rachel Dolezal was able to get away with living as a Black woman, albeit precariously, for so long is ironic as well as troubling. Her entire life story is the classic definition of White privilege.

Documentary Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

What the documentary the filmmakers have assembled is educational, eye opening, often emotional, sad and galvanizing. As the 98 minutes of footage roll by, it becomes apparent that Jordan's tragedy is a chapter within a much longer book.

How to Be an Ally Without Committing Rachel Dolezal's Mistake

Christine Stoddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

White people can, and should be, advocates for non-whites as a way of healing the world's many social injustices. Playing "blackface" is not one of those ways.

The Trials of Freedom: The First Slave Freed by Lincoln - 20 Years before the Civil War

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
O'Brien Browne

Carl Adams' book, Nance: Trials of the First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln, has just been honored with the Illinois State Historical Society Award of Merit for Scholarship and Creativity. I recently interviewed Adams at his home in Stuttgart, Germany.

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

Author Beverly Jenkins' Romance With the Past

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thirty-one books later, Jenkins is known for introducing readers to little known histories of African-Americans in the 19th century, amid tales of complicated and strong heroines and the men who they grow to love.

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

From the Bay a Runway That Stands for So Much More

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

How can POC be celebrated, while also being part of the norm? By creating our own events. By owning what for so long we have had to be window shoppers to. Invited for appetizers, but not allowed to stay and enjoy the main course.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

Freetown

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Freetown doesn't tell its story with the eloquence and understatement of Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu or the solid dramatic flourishes of Terry George's Hotel Rwanda. Still, the film depicts a part of African history that is worth knowing and sharing.

5-Year-Old Portrays Iconic Black Heroines In This Incredible Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

Two parents on a mission to teach their daughter the value of self-empowerment reached their goal which resulted in the coolest photo portrait series ...

'Black Bottom' Brings Audience to Their Feet

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 05.09.2015 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

The superlative performances in The Actors' Group production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were so convincing during opening weekend that when Ma Rainey halted the recording session to demand Coca-Cola from her white producer, a theatergoer left his audience seat to hand her his personal soda can.

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

The Old Man, The Impresario and the Making of a Circus Icon

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Much like the great Sammy Davis, Jr., the unicycle ensemble from the South Bronx beat the naysayers and racists, as well as the pitfalls of their neighborhood with their talent. They achieved this while breaking down barriers and leaving a smooth trail of unicycle tracks for others, like myself, to follow.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

Why Black History Still Hasn't Paved the Way for Black Transgender People

Leon Cato | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Leon Cato

Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.