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Memo To Black Folk: Don't Be So Thirsty For Trump's Kool-Aid

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

In the very same week that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the person I regard as the greatest American we've ever produced, we will also witness the ascension to power of a vacuous American fraud, a con man who epitomizes the worst of public life.

What are Black Issues?

Byron Williams | Posted 09.19.2016 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

During this election cycle, it is not uncommon to hear charges levied against the Democratic Party for taking black voters and their issues for grante...

Intersectionality Poses Additional Hurdles for Black, Gay Comedians

NBC | James Nichols | Posted 08.27.2016 | Queer Voices

When you’re in the business of making people laugh, you’re always at the mercy of your audience. Will your jokes elicit smiles? Will your material...

To Some, I'm Just An Angry Black Man

Adam Constantine | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Adam Constantine

My name is Adam Constantine. I am a Christian, son, brother, friend, college graduate, former professional athlete, higher education professional and unique content creator. But if you pass me on the street, does that even matter? To some, I'm an angry black man looking for handouts and waiting to cause trouble.

To Those Who Would Tell Me I'm 'Pretty For A Dark-Skinned Girl'

Towanda Bryant | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Towanda Bryant

No one is better than anyone else. Lighter isn't better than darker or vice versa. Let's teach and practice seeing each other in our simplest form -- human.

'You Need to Tone Down Your Blackness!'

Danielle Boose | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
Danielle Boose

I made the decision to utilize my platform to bring awareness to social issues and brand myself as the dreadhead boss lady who outspokenly shouts #BlackLivesMatter while supporting causes that lead to positive change. I will not compromise my blackness for financial gain.

North Carolina NAACP Promises 'Sit-Ins' If Anti-Queer Law Isn't Repealed

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.11.2016 | Queer Voices

The President of North Carolina's NAACP chapter, William Barber, announced that he will organize a "mass sit-in" at the state's legislature later this...

Sanders Campaign Is A Genuine Progressive Social Movement For Democracy

Danny Glover | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Danny Glover

Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers thought was impossible. This campaign is a rare, perhaps unprecedented event in this country's modern electoral history. It deserves the support of everyone who favors social and economic justice.

Bernie Sanders Should Be The Clear Choice For Black People. Here's Why

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Larry Harris Jr.

To me, the choice is clear. And the difference now between Hillary and Bernie's African American support is largely driven by a lack of information. Black people need to know more about Bernie and more about the Clintons' record.

5 Student Loan Issues Every College Grad Can Agree On

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices

Student loans are great in theory. But for the 40 million Americans trying to pay off their college debt, the struggle is real. MTV News Decoded host...

The Percentage Of Girls In Juvenile Detention Who Are LGBTQ Is Absolutely Shocking

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It may shock you to learn that 40 percent of the young girls incarcerated in juvenile detention center identify as LGBT. Like the unbelievable number ...

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.

31 Things White People Should Culturally Appropriate

Terrence Chappell | Posted 07.31.2016 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

Appropriators are doing themselves a great disservice if they think the Black experience is just limited to hairstyles and hip-hop. I decided to put together a list things White people really should be appropriating, so they can truly have a holistic, intimate grasp on Blackness.

10 Reasons It's Awesome to Be a Black Gay Man

Rob Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Smith

I recently came across a piece by a black gay man who seems to need a bit of help when it comes to realizing how awesome he is, so I've come up with 10 reasons it's utterly amazing and pretty awesome to be a black gay guy.

Truth Be Told: The Lives Of Queer Black Visionaries

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A compelling new documentary series is in the works that will provide a platform for a handful of queer black visionaries to share their personal stor...

A Gift for White People Celebrating Black History Month (VIDEO)

Kerry Coddett | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kerry Coddett

We're halfway through Black History Month and people are already asking "Why isn't there a White History Month?" Well, that's because we celebrate white history all year long!

Re-Branded: The 'New' Republicans (VIDEO)

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 02.16.2014 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

The following message is brought to you by "The Republican Effort to Totally Revamp Ourselves in 2014" or... RETRO 2014.

Meet Your First Black Girlfriend And All The Things You Shouldn't Say To Her

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Meet NYC-based writer and comedian, Akilah Hughes. She is your first black girlfriend. Akilah has a few things to say in the ways of love, interracial...

Reverse Racism Only Works If...

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

You might have heard that irksome term "reverse racism" -- the idea that racism can be directed at majority groups by people in minorities. The co...

An Amateur's Reflection on Racism, Classism Within LGBT Communities

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

I have a hard time translating the concept of "people of color" with all its heavy, powerful meaning to our experience in Mexico. Race and racism are not topics present on the media, much less on off-screen daily conversations.

Why Are Some Black Folks So Upset Over Gays Getting Married?

Sam Fulwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Fulwood

I struggle to comprehend why folks who share my slice of the demographic pie seem to take is personally when two men or two women want to marry and live as a couple.

Obama Knows Slow and Steady Wins Race Relations

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

Since President-elect Barack Obama won the election last month, there's been some speculation about what this means for the American black community. ...

McCain: Same As He Ever Was

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

At some point it becomes hard to blame the traditional media for its improper coverage. Clearly, the McCain/Palin lies have not gone unnoticed -- yet, there is barely a blip in the polls.

McCain Wimps Out, Country Shrugs

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Far from the eccentric rebel he likes to portray, McCain is a sad pawn in the religious right's attempt to maintain power in the GOP and over the country.