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"Minty Meets Her Massa"

Taii K. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taii K. Austin

MINTY MEETS HER MASSA is a satire on the sanitization of American history in textbooks. PLEASE WATCH UNTIL THE END TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE. ...

Visiting a Plantation but No Mention of Slaves

Kelsey Minor | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Yes, slavery is dark and sometimes you don't want to hear about it but we can't sweep it under the rug like it never happened. Let's be truthful about the history of this country and let's not water down that history.

Why The NAACP And Urban League Join President Obama And Congress For Equity In National Parks

Audrey Peterman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The first call is to inform every American of our heritage and our birthright, so that we know we have a responsibility to push back against the avaricious assault.

The 8th Pan African Congress Faces New Age of Struggles and Triumphs

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The Pan African Congress has solidified Black solidarity worldwide fighting for racial equality, human rights, access to a quality education and economic upward mobility. Within these struggles globalized support has emerged providing additional resources and backing.

The Post Obama Era: Sick with Regression

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

On November 4, 2008, I remember lying on my couch in a dark room illuminated by a television screen showing that Barack Obama had been elected as the 44th president.

Malcolm X Suggests Cure To Racism In Newly-Discovered Handwritten Letter

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices

A recently-discovered letter reportedly handwritten by Malcolm X in 1964 describes racism at that time as an "incurable cancer" that was "plaguing" Am...

Sir Lancelot Day in Florida: Anatomy of a National Parks Legacy

Audrey Peterman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The time has come for these important legacies to be recognized for the uplift, unification and inspiration" for the benefit of this and future generations."

Brooklyn Photographer Unveils Hidden Black History of New York City

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 10.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

Photographer Kamau Ware refers to himself as a storyteller, sharing the narratives of the past through the lens of a camera. The Brooklyn creative onc...

Being The First

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was young and so very green, but I knew this was an enormous opportunity. However, it came with something a lot weightier -- history. Holst, himself a former Ringmaster, informed me that if I were to accept the position I would be the first black American in what was then the 129-year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to preside as Ringmaster.

Slave Trade Video Game Edited After Backlash

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.03.2015 | Technology

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a shi...

A White Southerner Runs The Only Museum Solely Memorializing Slavery

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices

America needs more symbols memorializing slavery and John Cummings, a white southerner, has helped to make that happen.   He's ope...

These Rare Photos Of 19th-Century Black Citizens Are Revolutionary

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.31.2015 | Black Voices

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Some faces are pensive; others are proud. Some are known; others are obscure. All are black. Rare, striking and never-before...

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 | 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...