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Healing Our Communities Through Addressing 'Opportunity Youth'

Blair Taylor | Posted 07.20.2016 | Impact
Blair Taylor

America is better than this. The division and intolerance. The violence and pain. Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas are only the latest in a long, l...

But Do You Know About Kentrill Carraway?

Brittney Oliver | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices
Brittney Oliver

I was carrying my cousin on my back as I carry Sandra, Mike, Eric, Trayvon, and now Philando and Alton. All I want is justice for Kentrill. All I want is for you to know his name and say his name, too. Kentrill Carraway.

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.

Valuing Black Lives

Anthony D Smith | Posted 07.10.2016 | Black Voices
Anthony D Smith

We must continue to protest and say all of their names, until their families and our communities are able to see justice and know peace.

"It's The Right To Live We're After" Bebe Winans On Black Lives Matter, Born For This, And Much More

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

In Bebe's view, this idea that we are each purposed to be here is crucial. In fact, he suggests, "It's important to find the reason why we're here. Sometimes we get lost in the craziness and don't really feel there's a reason for our lives.

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.

The Day After Jesse

Paul A. Bromley | Posted 06.29.2016 | Black Voices
Paul A. Bromley

Jesse gave us the Blueprint and I for one am proud of him, his courage and his dedication to the empowerment of his people.

Driving Into the Past for Answers About My Father & Me

John W. Fountain | Posted 06.20.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Driving into Evergreen was like driving through a cloud of smoke into the past. The roads looked strangely familiar, as the events of 1979 seemed to come back to life. There was the police station uptown where Mama, my stepfather, Net, and I had gone to get a copy of the police report.

Will Black America Really Answer The Call For Young Men?

Roz A. Gee | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Roz A. Gee

We live in an ever-evolving society where our young boys and men are extremely impressionable by an onslaught of influences. Whether it's TV, music, ...

Black Motherhood, Misogyny, and Memes

Terri Linton | Posted 06.07.2016 | Black Voices
Terri Linton

The growing trend amongst many of our black male celebrities is to publicly denigrate black women and mothers. Big Boi was the latest to take aim when he posted a meme drawing a comparison between the black mother from the 70s and the one of today.

"Pro-Black" Means All Black People

Tyler Payton | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Tyler Payton

I don't know how many times I've seen or heard black people, who claim to be pro-black, try to distance themselves from other groups of black people.

Our Young Men Can't Afford to Wait

Richard L. Taylor Jr. | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Richard L. Taylor Jr.

Now a national movement, Cities United is equipping cities with crucial tools and resources to build on and accelerate efforts to reduce violence and improve outcomes.

How Some Black LGBTQ People Are Surviving In The Age Of HIV

Mic | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.04.2016 | Queer Voices

It's a staggering and dire statistic — one that reinforces the dreadful sense that clouds my life and the lives of so many younger and older black m...

I Fell in Love With a White Man, And It Made a Lot of Black People Mad

Ama McKinley | Posted 04.18.2016 | Black Voices
Ama McKinley

A love like this is unadulterated -- and not subject to the angers and judgments and fears and ignorance of people nor nations. Because, in case you haven't heard, #LoveWins.

I Thought I Was the Only One -- Our Stories in the Practice: Yoga, Healing Justice, Diversity and Access

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 04.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

"I don't belong here." "My people don't do yoga." "I thought I was the only one." Ever heard or felt that in a yoga space? Diverse Yoga Leadership...

Why Black Girls Rock Broke This Black Man Right on Down

Jarrett Hill | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

I just finished watching Black Girls Rock, a stunning and beautiful celebration of Black women and #BlackGirlMagic. I don't know where to even start, as I sit, watch, feel. I observe, consume, and admire in awe and wonder at what just happened before me.

Seeing the Innocent Girl in a "Prostitute"

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I wonder why more brothers can't see that using these terms is just another way to justify the inhumane treatment of our sisters, daughters, mothers, girlfriends, wives.

To 'Trifling' Brothers: Time To Man Up

John W. Fountain | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
John W. Fountain

I have heard some sisters' tales of sons, husbands and lovers exercising their daily ritual of chilling in the basement, smoking blunts and drinking forties and thumbing the Xbox 360 or PlayStation while the woman of the house "holds it down."

Just Give 'Em a Little Jesus: Black Marriage Meets White Paternalism

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Simplistic cause-and-effect valorizations of "faith" without critical analysis of how organized religion can be complicit in structures of oppression that hinder black America are insidious.

Say His Name: In Memorium Shaykh Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé

H Sharif "Herukhuti" Williams, Ph.D., M.Ed. | Posted 03.08.2016 | Queer Voices
H Sharif

We all know what societies like ours do to threats. We criminalize, prosecute and incarcerate them. We discredit and marginalize them. We invisibilize and forget them. That is why I will continue to say the names of those Black folks whose lives have been cut short by racism and brutality of all forms.

Black Men Stage Their Own Portraits In Empowering Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.26.2016 | Arts

A few years ago, photographer Kris Graves took a portrait of his friend Maurice, a working artist. But unlike a typical portrait, this image didn’t ...

The People v. OJ Movie and the Negative Message it Sends

Latia Gibson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Latia Gibson

There are a lot of moments to be celebrated and things to be remembered during Black History Month, the OJ Simpson murder trial should not be one of them.

10 Daily Positive Affirmations For When Black Lives Forget That They Matter

Minaa B | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

As a black woman, I feel as if I have to be more in tune with my humanness- I can't just focus on my soul, but the body that houses it and the flesh that gives it substance.

Thankful for Young Black Men

Lauren Carson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

This Thanksgiving as we gather with family and loved ones to give thanks for the blessings of life, health, perseverance and hope, I personally want to express my resolute thankfulness for your (young black men's) unwavering resilience in this environment that fumes evil, hatred, and lack of compassion for you; still you remain ever strong, ever alive, and ever fighting.

Black, Queer and Carefree

Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Aaron Barksdale

I was an awkward nerd with more of an interest in skate-punk than hip-hop. Not fitting in with the other black kids was tough, but being queer put even more stress on my relationship to my blackness.