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President Obama's Brother Crisis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The explosion of gangsta rap and the spate of Hollywood violence themed ghetto films have convinced even more Americans that the thug lifestyle is the black lifestyle. It makes little difference whether a young black is a Rhodes Scholar.

Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The hard reality is that whether it's an Obama or a Holder or a Davis or Martin, the lines are hopelessly blurred in the eyes of many who still see them not as a law abiding citizen but a thug, deviant, and societal menace.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.

Richard Sherman's Rant Again Blew the Hinge Off the Door of Racial Stereotypes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant his verbal explosion of an interview hit, the predictable quickly happened with Seattle Seahawks all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman. In fact two predictable things happened with him in the aftermath of the interview.

Not That Talented

Charles Cole III | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

I need to actively break down these cognitive barriers that society firmly supplants into the psyche of our children, hell, of our men, young and old.

What Mandela Meant to an 8-Year-Old Boy: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Roderick Carey | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Roderick Carey

Nationally, we had Martin, Marcus, and Malcolm. Now we added Mandela among the giants of justice.

Nuturing the Dreams of Black Boys

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 02.06.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Although my parents did not have the financial resources to underwrite the interests of my 10 siblings and me, as my spouse and I did for our son, they understood better than many parents that the primary role of parents is to nurture the dreams of their children.

Finding Justice for the Trayvons of the World

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Janai S. Nelson

The disheartening yet unsurprising result in the Trayvon Martin case has been the subject of incessant conversations with both French and American friends in France, where I am working presently. What has struck me in these discussions is how universal a tragedy the Trayvon Martin story is.

Study May Have Found Key To Closing The Gap Between White And Black Graduation Rates

Posted 04.10.2013 | Black Voices

The chips are stacked against black males trying to make it through school and experts have pointed to everything from the Great Recession to the 1980...

Images of Black Males in Popular Media

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Negative representations of black males are readily visible and conveyed to the public through the news, film, music videos, reality television and other forms of media. These stereotypical, one-dimensional characters negate the broader and deeper experience of black life.

Mentoring Matters: Bolstering the Success of Young Black and Latino Males Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom

Roderick Carey | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

If you are a successful black/Latino male, or someone who cares about the fate of young males of color in particular, you have tremendous potential and capacity to mentor.

Black Men's Roundtable Seeks to Address a Crisis

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.19.2012 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

Every race, gender, and socioeconomic category has its own particular set of challenges and obstacles. The precarious predicament of the black male in America has been especially concerning.

Black Males and the Nature of Suspicion: Uncovering What Really Killed Trayvon Martin

Roderick Carey | Posted 06.17.2012 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

What killed Trayvon is more important to discuss, than whom. While justice will hopefully take care of the who, it is up to us as a collective to problematize the what. In some regards, grappling with the problems on an individual is a far easier task than delving deeply into the societal ills informing individual mindsets and actions.

Hearing Trayvon Die

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

In his dying moments, Trayvon Martin gave voice to all of the black men, women and children whose humanity continues to be denied in a society that has long chosen to not listen to us.

With You When You're Right: The Anti-Deficit View of Black Male Achievement

Tim King | Posted 04.20.2012 | Education
Tim King

The idea that strong relationships impact student success shouldn't be anything new to educators. But the implication -- that race, background and gender are not destiny, and that focused interventions produce tangible results -- is enormous.

Why We Must Listen to Young Black Males

John Thompson | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
John Thompson

The Education Trust's Amy Wilkins used her family experiences as evidence to condemn Tracey and Abby Sparrow's piece, "The Voices of Black Men." No other organization has attacked teachers in a way than has upset me more than has the Education Trust.

Black Male Engagement's Detroit Grant Winners Announced

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 01.24.2012 | Detroit

Ten inspiring black men in Detroit are set to receive a total of $200,000 to further their work in the city. Black Male Engagement (BME), a projec...

Black Male Engagement Amplifies Detroiters' Good Deeds

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 12.30.2011 | Detroit

Black Male Engagement (BME or "be me") launched in August as an initiative to offer support and positive reinforcement to black men who are active in ...

Still Waiting: Black Male Achievement in America

LaVar Young | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
LaVar Young

The gap in achievement between black males and their white counterparts isn't news -- it's common knowledge, generally accepted, and only sometimes bemoaned. So why aren't we more alarmed?

Why Are We Killing Troy Davis?

Kevin Powell | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

We are a nation of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. Spiraling so far out of control that we are going to execute someone who may actually be innocent tomorrow.

Chris Brown, Kanye West and Public Hip-Hop Tirades

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Boyce Watkins

They say that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. This truism might also include public celebrity tirades. Another name for these ou...

The Reason Why The Black Male 'Crisis' Is a Hoax

Jose Vilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jose Vilson

We're selectively oblivious to the plight of those less fortunate than us. Thus, "crisis" is relative.

Black Male Student Achievement: A Devastating Report

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The data, from the report titled "A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools," are jaw dropping, and we do have a national catastrophe.

Scapegoating Teachers Will Not Help Young Black Males Succeed

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Only when parents, administrators, teachers, and the community come together to find solutions can we truly address all the factors in making a child a success.

Lots of Cooks Prepared the Compton Cookout Racial Insult Stew

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Black and minority California lawmakers are leaping over each other to lambaste the now infamous Compton Cookout at UCSD as racially insulting, insensitive, and demeaning.