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Blessing in Disguise

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices
Andrew Royce Bauer

I met a lot of great genuine people through Kathy such as her husband Harold, and I also connected with a lot of great people through him also. Before I knew them I had very few options but now I'm an opportunist with endless opportunities.

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.

Malcolm's Brotherhood

Sadok BenAbdallah | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Sadok BenAbdallah

He spoke truth to power and challenged the normalization of a prejudicial-based system that thrived off of white supremacy.

This Project Powerfully Captures The Wonders Of Black Joy

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.23.2016 | Black Voices

Kleaver Cruz is on a mission to fill social media with as many uplifting images of black people as possible. Cruz, a 27-year-old New York-based write...

The Movement Moment: Catching Power Off Guard

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Much of our future is reliably unpredictable, and what more so than the moments when mass movements suddenly break out and sweep across our world?

The Battle for the Soul of American Higher Education

Aviva Chomsky | Posted 05.22.2016 | College
Aviva Chomsky

Clearly, university administrators prefer student demands that can be coopted or absorbed into their current business model. Allowing the prevailing culture to define the parameters of their protest has left the burgeoning Millennial Movement in a precarious position.

You Are Not Black.

Lalaina Rackson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Lalaina Rackson

"Yeah but you, you are not black," my classmate said. I stopped. Took a deep breath. Calmed down. And refrained myself from arguing.

America: You're Wrong About San Francisco

Karen Fleshman | Posted 05.20.2016 | San Francisco
Karen Fleshman

After these changes have been implemented, and problem officers removed, and elected and appointed officials continue to provide oversight of SFPD with community input, then citizens of San Francisco will be able to call 911 with confidence.

Texas Woman Dies In Police Custody After Two Weeks Of 'Gross Negligence'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 05.19.2016 | Black Voices

A family is seeking justice for their 22-year-old sister who they claim died from neglect at a Huntsville, Texas, jail on Tuesday, two weeks after get...

Texas Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Who Fatally Shot Naked Teen

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.19.2016 | Black Voices

A Texas grand jury has decided not to bring charges against an Austin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed and naked teenage male in February, a...

Condescension Mixed With Fear: The Anti-BDS Push in State Legislatures

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
David Palumbo-Liu

As BDS racks up victory after victory, gaining new members daily, especially among young people and people of color, the forces of reaction are gathering together to try to stem the tide. But they are facing an uphill battle, and they know it.

Misogyny Is a Window That Goes Up and Down

Lori Day | Posted 05.18.2016 | Women
Lori Day

2016 is the year I have realized that the men on the other side of the window are not all religious or political conservatives. Many of them are liberal in their worldview and the champions of progressive causes.

Dear African-American Women: I Want to Be Your National Spokesperson

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 05.18.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Misee Harris

It is that time again. Each time new season of ABC's The Bachelorette is set to air, I get approached to comment. Three years ago, I was picked to be ...

'Talk to Me' Speaks To Us All

Alayna Ahmad-Benson | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Alayna Ahmad-Benson

'Talk To Me' isn't just about Qasim's life, it is a collection of stories from other individuals who have encountered racism, prejudice, sexism, and domestic violence, and explores how these individuals have conquered these hurdles through meaningful discussion and open dialogue.

FBI Confirms 2015 Was One Of The Safest Years Ever For Cops

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

Data released by the FBI on Monday shows that 2015 was one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in recorded history, following a sustained tre...

Homophobes and Transphobes Are Destroying America

Ace Robinson | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

In the course of a day, nearly all LGBTQIA people in this country must be aware that their identity and even their sole existence may endanger their personal safety.

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled figu...

If Black Lives Matter, Then Black Votes Count

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

The California Community Foundation and Public Policy Institute of California hosted an annual Speakership Series on California's Future last week in Los Angeles.

Black Lives Matter Needs Mos Def Back In The Game

The Huffington Post | Poppie Mphuthing | Posted 05.16.2016 | Black Voices

When Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, recently dropped his new track “Dec. 99th N.A.W.” on SoundCloud via his online platform "A Country Called Earth," it...

Jesse Williams Wants You To ‘Stay Woke’ In New Film On Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.17.2016 | Black Voices

Jesse Williams wants the world to wake up. In a new documentary titled "Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement," the well-respected actor and act...

Six Years Later and Still No Justice for Aiyana Stanley Jones

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.16.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

May 16, 2016 marks the tragic death of a little black girl named Aiyana Stanley Jones. Six years ago Aiyana, 7, was killed while she slept at her grandmother's house. Joseph Weekley, the Detroit Police Officer who fatally shot her during a botched raid, is still on the force.

Teen Sues Mall, Cop After Being Thrown Like A 'Doll'

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.16.2016 | Black Voices

A teenager in Washington state has sued a local mall and an off-duty police officer working for the business after she was violently arrested after ri...

To My White Friend

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Walton

You live in suburban Atlanta and if I went for a run in your neighborhood before I left I would have to ask you a some questions. Do you have a neighborhood watch? Would I be questioned by your neighbors as to why I was there? 

How a Lynching Threat Came to My Alma Mater

Jordan Weiers | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Jordan Weiers

It should not have surprised me to discover that a couple Prior Lake High School students tweeted a lynch threat to a black girl. Or that many others collectively and individually harassed her online with racist jeers, taunts, and memes.

Organization Versus Mobilization: A Call To Action By Mayor of Newark, NJ, Ras J. Baraka

Mayor Ras J. Baraka | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Mayor Ras J. Baraka

In an era when minority communities appear to be losing more than we are gaining, this "meeting of the minds," is not only about being on the right side of history, but also about having a part in shaping and making history.