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Soledad O'Brien Helped Me Understand The History Of Race In America

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Barnett

Race is socially constructed, but because people have believed things for so long they are unaware of that. In this video, Soledad O'Brien shares stories of growing up biracial. She helps to elaborate on what actually happened in American history.

Mapping the Great Migration: Black Americans' Exodus To The North

Max Galka | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Max Galka

In 1910, 83% of African Americans lived in the South, about the same percentage that had lived there since at least as far back as 1790. In the 60 ye...

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Matter To You

Percell Dugger | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Percell Dugger

When you say "All Lives Matter", especially to a black person, you're essentially saying the history and narrative of black people in this country, does not matter to you. You're saying that our feelings, with regards to the mistreatment and injustices against black people don't matter.

A Black Boy's Fear

Quassan Castro | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Get up. Dry your tiresome red eyes. Bow down on both knees. Say your prayer. Light your candle.

3 Things Every Black Man Should Take Away from Jesse Williams' BET Acceptance Speech

Brandon Patterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

As a black man watching Williams' speech, the emotion that I encountered first was that of shamefulness. I began to ask myself: Could I ever be that selfless?

Celebrating My Freedom From Monolithic Blackness

Danielle Slaughter | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Danielle Slaughter

As you can see, my Juneteenth moment was actually a series of events that forced me to understand the danger of respectability politics within our community. This Juneteenth I'm not only celebrating our ancestors finally realizing they were free but also my own freedom from the burden of monolithic Blackness.


Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Leslie Gerwin

New Orleans is struggling to preserve its heritage. It faces the existential threat of hurricanes and storms wrought by climate change, the continuing struggle to rebuild after Katrina even as developers seek to build high rises in historic neighborhoods, and the social tensions occasioned by poverty and racial and ethnic prejudice.

Driving Into the Past for Answers About My Father & Me

John W. Fountain | Posted 06.20.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Driving into Evergreen was like driving through a cloud of smoke into the past. The roads looked strangely familiar, as the events of 1979 seemed to come back to life. There was the police station uptown where Mama, my stepfather, Net, and I had gone to get a copy of the police report.

These Photos Show Why You Should Celebrate Juneteenth

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.18.2016 | Black Voices

It took two whole years after President Abraham Lincoln declared the abolition of slavery on January 1, 1863, for the end of one of the darkest chapte...

Hey, Snoop. Roots 2016 Is Necessary.

David Belgrave | Posted 06.12.2016 | Black Voices
David Belgrave

I feel that some Black people push back on Roots 2016, saying we need more diverse Black stories other than slave or civil rights narratives as if we don't have any other type of stories being told. I completely agree that we do need more diverse stories, and more often, but there are other Black stories being told.

10 Things You May Not Know About Roots

Matthew Delmont | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew Delmont

Roots became a cultural phenomenon and encouraged more people to engage seriously with the history slavery than anything before or since. Explore 10 surprising facts about one of the most important representations of slavery and black history of all time.

On Chicago's Blues: Where Have You Gone, Harold Washington?

Terry Smith | Posted 05.24.2016 | Chicago
Terry Smith

It will take rediscovering the audacity of Harold Washington, Jr. to reverse this mentality.

Unsung Black LGBTQ 'Legends' Land in SoHo for New Leslie-Lohman Exhibition

Christopher Delatorre | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Delatorre

"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it....

Rare Copies Of 13th Amendment, Emancipation Proclamation Go On Sale

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices

Two of the most important documents of American history could soon be yours, if you have millions to spend. Rare copies of the 13th Amendment, which ...

Crisis in Flint Lingers; Faith Rises Amid Faces of the Poisoned

John W. Fountain | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Photo: Pamela Powell, a native daughter of Flint whose parents still live there said she feels betrayed by the government, which switched the city's w...

The mysterious death of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford

R.J. Marx | Posted 05.05.2016 | Arts
R.J. Marx

In the 1940s, Seaside was witness to a curious and disturbing incident. Despite an abundance of musical clubs and dance halls -- Club Monterey, The Lo...

BLACK IS... Winner of Inaugural Harper Lee Memorial Award & Scholarship from Facing History

Facing History and Ourselves | Posted 04.28.2016 | Teen
Facing History and Ourselves

BLACK IS... - Diallo Thornton, Moore High School, Louisville KY Black is ... the color they see. Darkness is what they think of me. Find fear is the...

The History of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Charlene Haparimwi | Posted 04.25.2016 | Black Voices
Charlene Haparimwi

Cover Photo courtesy of The National Review The Black Lives Matter movement is one of the most important movements happening in our country today. Th...

The Little-Known Reason Why Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill Is So Significant

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.21.2016 | Black Voices

Harriet Tubman made black history again on Wednesday when it was reported that she will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $2...

Survival 101: Thou Shalt Not Snitch

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Would someone who gave vital information to police stand more to gain, or more to lose? And if the bad guys should come for them, masked and under the cover of night, which of us could they then call? Would the cavalry arrive too late, if at all?

Talking Right's Not Talking White

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I am aware that some things still haven't changed; that being smart or a schoolboy still ain't cool; that rude boys and gangsters still get the girl; and that the groveling, often hard-to-understand ghetto talk still embraced by one world can cripple a child in another.

Seeing the Innocent Girl in a "Prostitute"

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I wonder why more brothers can't see that using these terms is just another way to justify the inhumane treatment of our sisters, daughters, mothers, girlfriends, wives.

Dear Incarcerated Brother: Don't Lose Hope

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.01.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

And I am praying for you--without judgment. Believing in you, hoping for you--on the "free" side of those cold steel bars, and yet, still in the struggle.

Three Reasons I Love Being A Black Woman

Adiba Nelson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Adiba Nelson

Can I take a minute and tell you about the lip-smacking loveliness that comes with being a Black woman?

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...