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Black Identity

Mychal Denzel Smith Discusses His New Book And The Concept Of Black Masculinity

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.29.2016 | Black Voices

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6 Artists on Black Identity

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

"Where am I in this story?" Watch artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Chimamanda Adichie discuss how black people are (mis-)represented in today's society and culture.

Our Obsession With Black Celebrity Is Undermining Our Movement

Benji Hart | Posted 02.12.2016 | Black Voices
Benji Hart

Celebration and distraction are not the same thing. Taking time to step back from our difficult realities to rejoice, heal and love together is crucial. Investing in corporate fantasies and confusing them with our movements is detrimental.

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2017 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

Black in a Foreign Land: In Defense of Dominican Identity

César Vargas | Posted 12.17.2016 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Perhaps because (and even though) we are an array of colors, Dominicans see themselves as a monolithic people and are more apt to separate each other based on region and class than color.

Mexico Takes Big Step In Finally Recognizing Afro-Latinos

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 12.11.2015 | Latino Voices

For the first time in Mexico's national history 1.38 million Afro-Mexicans are being recognized for their Afro-ancestry by the government. Mexico is ...

National Day Of Black Consciousness Celebrates The Beauty Of Afro-Brazilians

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

Today is the National Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil, an important holiday in a country notorious for its problems with race. Brazil is South A...

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling -- Obergefell v. Hodge -- that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.

The Complex Art of Reclaiming African Culture

Cierra Lockett | Posted 09.15.2016 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Are African-Americans appropriating the fashion and other aspects of African lifestyles, or are they rightfully reclaiming their culture?

Photographer Uses 17th-Century Art To Talk About Racial Politics Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts

Artist Maxine Helfman has always loved Flemish portraits. Made distinct by the comically large collars and hats adorning the artworks' subjects, the 1...

Stop Denying Me My Blackness: A Latina Speaks About Race

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 08.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

Yes, I am black. I am also indígena. It is not up to the world to decide my identity for me. To deny a Latina her blackness just because she doesn't "look black" or has a different experience because she's not African American, is to be ignorant of history.

You Can Be My Sister Without The Mask

Sydney Latimer | Posted 06.18.2016 | Black Voices
Sydney Latimer

You anointed your head with the pain of my tender-headedness after hours of hair-braiding between my mother's knees. You took the click-clack of those hair beads hitting against one another as I ran, skipped and played and made it the soundtrack of your upbringing.

Dear Rachel, I Am Not My Hair, But I Am A Black Woman

Calvalyn Day | Posted 06.16.2016 | Black Voices
Calvalyn Day

By choosing to falsely "go natural," you insult the women who are expected to wear a freshly-relaxed bob in order to keep their jobs. You've clearly never had your 3-year-old cut her hair off and say she wants "flat hair."

I Am The Real Rachel Dolezal

Amanda Oliver | Posted 06.16.2016 | Black Voices
Amanda Oliver

In college, I was turned away from attending a trip to work with youth in Jamaica because I was told I was "too white" to attend. In law school, different black student groups reached out to me to participate in their activities -- until they realized I was "white."

Facing Racism In Brazil: Black Like Me

Vanessa Rodrigues | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices
Vanessa Rodrigues

In the end, my husband and I aren't white. Our child is the perfection combination of the two of us. Our son is black.

Raven-Symoné, Oprah, and What It Means to Be (African) American

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

Let Raven-Symoné act and sing; let Pharrell make music; let Oprah interview them. If their comments surrounding race, sexuality, culture, or equality spark conversations that help us move to a better understanding of these and other important issues then they've done more than what's in their job descriptions.

The Token Black Girl

Liana Weeks | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Liana Weeks

My blackness becomes a novelty for others. To Koreans and foreigners abroad alike, due to lack of education I'm often viewed as a token black girl or the voice for all black people.

WATCH: Why Many Dominicans Don't See Themselves As Black

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates is no stranger to conversations about black identity. The latest piece of his PBS documentary series -- “Black in Latin America...

What Kind of Slave Would You Have Been?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

For most Americans, 12 Years provided a glimpse into the humanity that inflicted and endured the institution of slavery. For many blacks, however, the experience was a sort of out-of-body, first-person experience.

Striking Photos Challenge The Way We See Blackness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

Who is Black? What is Blackness? In a country where the face of the future is becoming ever more ethnically ambiguous, Blackness must be recognize...

Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I was playing as a musician in a merengue band at the time and one of the parents joked that I should take a trip if I liked Dominican culture so much. For now, this visit is no longer in my plans because the Dominican Government has decided to treat a group of its people in a manner that I can't ignore.

Dominican Colorism

Claudio E. Cabrera | Posted 11.10.2013 | Latino Voices
Claudio E. Cabrera

Growing up, my "Dominicaness" was questioned because of my complexion despite the majority of baseball stars resembling me. I had to prove I was Dominican by speaking Spanish. I endured N-word taunts. I almost felt like I had to go through an obstacle course to prove I was Dominican.

Why Race Is More Than Just A Checked Box

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 09.28.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

When I started researching the relationship of Blackness and Latin American identity for a school project, I didn't expect to end up with more questions than when I began. Ultimately, I realized something that I thought I already knew: race is a hell of a complicated subject matter.

On Blackness and Queerness

Charles Stephens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Stephens

Identifying as queer felt like the best way to bring together my identities as someone who is black, male but not conventionally masculine, desiring of other men but not exclusively, and working-class, with an inclination toward the sexually transgressive.

Why I Came Clean About Who I REALLY Am

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 07.23.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I'm Black. After many years in the closet, after many years of breathing that stale air of self-denial, I can finally say this.