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When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot And Dying On TV

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

Kids are watching people, real people, die on their TV and computer screens. If not on cable news, then on YouTube, and no one can comfort them with the assurance that after the video ends the people they see will get up and go home laughing.

What Should We Teach Them Now?

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

Unless we teach in a way that remedies both black distrust and blue fear, we have little chance of realizing the America we are otherwise destined to become.

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.

For Real, Black Dads Do Exist

Simone S. Gray | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Simone S. Gray

More and more black men, despite the struggles and oppositions that they face on a daily basis in America, are present and active in the precious lives of their children. I am fortunate enough to personally know some awesome dads.

It's Open Season On Black Men... Again

Benjamin Evans III | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Benjamin Evans III

Dr. King's words remain vital even 60 years later. The fight today is much more than just about race. It's about who has the power. And the old guard is fighting tooth and nail to keep the power and keep things the way they are.

Collages Explore What It Means To Be A Black Man In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts

Contemporary artist Michael Paul Britto works in a variety of powerful media, including sculpture and video, but his collages cut the deepest. Address...

Black Men: America's Great, Underappreciated Assets

BMe Community | Posted 09.29.2015 | Black Voices
BMe Community

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about black males in the United States?That's the question social entrepreneur Trabian Shorters would like more Americans to ask themselves.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Helping Black Boys Survive: What A Difference A Smile Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

Next Steps on the Ferguson Front

Kevin Cokley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kevin Cokley

My heart goes out to every officer and their families killed in the line of duty. That is a pain I wish on no one. But like Fannie Lou Hamer famously said, I am also sick and tired of being sick and tired -- of the denial of institutional racism, even in the midst of overwhelming evidence.

Suge Knight Arrest Again Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This is a hard and terrible price that many black males must pay for the thuggish image that rap exploiters such as a Knight have capitalized on. It's even worse when some go the extra step and become killers themselves.

Please Stop the Killing

justin adkins | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Writing inmates is an important task for us in the "free world." In the vein of Martin Luther King's letter crying "Why We Cant Wait," Comrade Malik writes us about current conditions in Texas prisons and specifically with the Houston Police Department and why we can't wait as prisoners are dying.

Tackling Racial Disparities within the Criminal Justice System

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 03.08.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

This is the sad reality for most people of color in this country, especially African American males. We are guilty until proven lucky. Not even guilty until proven innocent. And very rarely are we even given the benefit of the doubt.

How Do We Get Young Black Boys to Succeed Academically?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It is clear that improving the successful admission into college and subsequent acquisition of professional degrees would go a long way toward improving the outlook for young men in crisis. But, change needs to start early on.

The Chokehold Is Still Alive and Well Courtesy of the Supreme Court

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The double tragedy in the Garner slaying was, of course, his senseless death but also that his death does not alter the fact that the chokehold still remains on the official books as a weapon that police officers can use. For that, thank the U.S. Supreme Court.

Will Big Mama's House Exist for the Generations to Come?

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.01.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Not only is the phenomenon of the single black woman with children ever increasing but now the single black woman is faced with the prospect of never being married and being happy with the single girl friends, a good job, and a miniature dog. One would question, what does that do for the fate of the black family?

Is Cosby Still the Darling of the Right?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In May 2004, comedian, social critic and philanthropist Bill Cosby took the stage at Constitution Hall in his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a gala commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown decision on school segregation.

Black Boys in Crisis: Are They Outside the Mainstream?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Americans take a lot of pride in being members of a diverse society - one of opportunity for every citizen. When matters of racial disparity are raised, we point to our current President and pat ourselves on the back for how far we've come as a nation.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.01.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 10.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

Teach Young Black Men 'The Lesson' and Save Their Lives

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

When my sons got their driver's licenses, I wasn't worried about the high cost of auto insurance or what car was best for them. I was terrified of what they would experience driving while black. It was time for "The Lesson" on how to survive when stopped by police.

The Second Slaying of Michael Brown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant the news broke that 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn "cover themselves" template.

Why I Can't Watch the Video of the NYPD Murdering Eric Garner

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.19.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Taxpayer-funded hate crimes, like the murder of Eric Garner, is particularly traumatizing to blacks who are already distrustful of police.

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.