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On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.

Sebastian Murdock

Thousands Of New York Protesters Rally In Solidarity For Baltimore's Freddie Gray

HuffingtonPost.com | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A New York police officer was hurt and at least 100 people were arrested Wednesday as thousands of protestors gathered in support of F...

#Justice4Tamir

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

To put it bluntly, Tamir did not receive adequate opportunity to process that he was the target of the police stop, much less respond to what has been portrayed in the media as a "verbal warning" given to him by the responding police officers.

Prison-to-Prison Pipeline Keeps Black Men and Their Families Behind Bars

Alan Singer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The prison-to-prison pipeline works in two ways. By some estimates, almost seventy percent of young Black men who have been in prison are likely to return, largely because nothing positive waits for them outside. But the prison-to-prison pipeline is also a multi-generational pipeline.

High School Student Vigilance Committees

Alan Singer | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

As African Americans and abolitionists discovered in slavery days, reporting and even legal changes are not always enough. Sometimes the situation demands action. Students need to consider forming their own vigilance committees to protect civil liberties in schools.

Being a Black Male in America: Racism and the Police

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 04.10.2015 | Black Voices
Stan Chu Ilo

If Walter Scott were a white male, he would not have been killed this way by Officer Slager. America can hardly claim to be a post-racial society just because it elected a black man to the presidency. America will not be a post-racial society until injustice is no longer color-coded.

'Black Girls Are Magic': Latest Episode Of 'Being Mary Jane' Powerfully Explores Race And Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

On Tuesday night, the latest episode of "Being Mary Jane" aired on BET and earned high praise from viewers. Well, let’s be real, every episode does....

'Jerome Project' Investigates The Racial Bias Of The Prison Industrial Complex

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts

"The Jerome Project" began in 2011, when artist Titus Kaphar was researching his father Jerome's prison records. Kaphar, who was born in Kalamazoo, Mi...

Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was difficult last November to ignore the language that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used to describe Michael Brown. “The only way I can...

Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was difficult last November to ignore the language that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used to describe Michael Brown. “The only way I can...

Walk a Day in a Black Man's New Shoes

Gerard Kersey | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

Some people say it's lonely at the top, and I say only because you didn't help others get there with you.

REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding; A Different Narrative for Black Men In America

Michele Hunt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

This book shines a light on impactful, positive stories of successful Black men who dared to dream big, and made their dreams come true against tremendous obstacles.

Four Black Icons Who Remind Us That Harlem Has Been A Street Style Capital For Decades

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.17.2015 | Style

From the Harlem renaissance to the area's resurgence today, the New York City neighborhood has always been an emblem of black culture and style. In ho...

'Radically Unapologetic' Black Style Is Making A Statement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices

Despite what you might see in the media, the true stories of the black male experience are much more diverse than violence and mass incarceration. ...

Is Gay Porn Racist? I Don't Think So

Terrence Chappell | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Terrence Chappell

Porn should not be leading the conversation in social or racial issues, and we shouldn't be charging them to even contribute to that conversation. Right sentiment but wrong space. Porn is all about desire and losing inhibitions, at least behind a monitor. By its very nature porn caters to a person's fantasy and their innate impulses.

BrotherSpeak: Exploring The Lives Of Black Men

The Washington Post | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Through the voices of African American men, The Washington Post unpacks the anger expressed by tens of thousands nationwide in the wake of the deaths ...

To My Unborn Son: Yale Black Men's Union Launch Powerful Photo Campaign

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Nicole Angela Tinson

The Yale Black Men's Union launched the To My Unborn Son campaign as an intimate conversation with the parents of Michael Brown Jr.

Statement on Grand Jury's Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

In the tragic killing of Michael Brown, while there appear to have been credible witnesses, there were no cameras or videos. If we cannot believe our own eyes with what we witnessed on the Eric Garner video, who or what can we believe?

Here Is A Look At Police Killings Cited By Protesters

AP | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices

Several recent killings of black men or boys by police officers across the nation and grand juries' decisions not to indict some of the officers have ...

Ferguson, Garner, and the Paradox of the Black Attorney

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

When the seemingly inevitable failure to indict in the Garner case was made public yesterday, I sat at my desk at the firm where I work, paralyzed. I could no longer truly concentrate on the tasks before me. I needed to talk or plan or organize. I needed to take action. But I couldn't.

Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

These reasons explain how the benefits of black men openly carrying a gun have little to do with advocating the use of such weapons, and everything to do with what displaying the gun will entail and how open-carry laws can help put an end to racial profiling and unarmed deaths.

Young, Black and Powerful

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

There is no doubt that black lives matter to the parents of black children. Our fear is rooted not in our ability to love and provide for them, but rather the realization that comes with daily reminders around us that their lives matter only to us.

Black Men Don't Need a Guardian Angel. We Need Our Guardian Slave.

Trey Ellis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

From 12 to 50 it's assumed we're packing, assumed that like the Hulk or zombies we possess superhuman, virtually unstoppable destructive power. So where an average citizen may disagree, even argue and berate a police officer, treating them as the public servant that they indeed are, a black man, if he wishes to continue living, must channel his ancestors. His slave ancestors. Today, in a world of black presidents, electric cars and talking iPhones, it's so hard to convince young black men, like my 13-year-old son, that if a police officer merely perceives you are a lethal threat, he may shoot you dead. So what I have to drill into him, since I want him to continue to live, is to listen to his Guardian Slave and be preternaturally polite and respectful no matter how ugly and unreasonable the policeman's demand. Then at least he'll probably only be tased.

Blaming the Victim From a Position of Power

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

The situation at Lincoln University and President Jennings' comments should give us pause and force us to reconsider the messages that we give to young women about rape and sexual assault. Are we supportive, or do we blame the victim? Do our college and university policies protect the survivors (in this case, women), or do they merely protect the institution?

5 Things This Gay Man Learned From Dating Abroad

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Eight years, eight cities: Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Bangkok, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Sydney. And what do I have to show for all that time spent living outside the U.S.? Here are some highlights: at least twice as much romantic drama (and comedy) in half the time I spent in New York City, at least two books, and at least five valuable lessons in love and lust.