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Ending Domestic Abuse

Bill Johnson II | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Bill Johnson II

Where is the outrage for the taken lives of these women? Where are the marches and protests in resistance of male violence against women? This issue should headline every Sunday news show; talks of the prevalence of IPV should be on the front page of local and national newspapers tomorrow morning (and every morning).

#BlackMenLove: What My Black Father Taught Me about a Man's Love

BMe Community | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
BMe Community

Women learn a great deal from a man's love: The most courageous act is to think for yourself; real men are in control but never controlling; "What's yours is yours;" fewer things matter; and the heaviest thing to carry is regret.

Can You See Me Now: Raynette Turner, Sandra Bland and the Invisibility of Black Women

Yohuru Williams | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

We all face the challenge of truly seeing beyond our own entry point the travails of our sisters who make up roughly 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but who remain largely on the margins in the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens -- and often in their own communities.

Why We're Launching 'Better Black Health'

Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Meredith Melnick

As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the nation, we would be remiss to not use this time as a moment to discuss not just the death, but the preservation and physical conditions of black bodies. Conversations can't end at violence and injury -- instead, we must also acknowledge that health, wellness and the security of quality health care are important aspects of a life well-lived.

The Charge to Be Fair: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Roxane Gay

It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.

This Poet Taught Creative Writing To Prisoners And Learned An Incredible Lesson

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

Clint Smith has spent the last year teaching six incarcerated men in Massachusetts. Every Saturday for the past school year, Smith, a Louisiana nativ...

Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Donates $4.7 Million To Benefit Young Men Of Color

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the country, is donating $4.7 million to two coalitions in Mississippi a...

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

A Backstory of Black Men and Basketball

Rev. Otis Moss III | Posted 07.23.2015 | Sports
Rev. Otis Moss III

I am a child of the forgotten city by the lake, Cleveland. I say this not because I am writing with an exaggerated sportscaster's righteous indignation, but my hometown heartbreak, love for the game, and interest in leadership gave my eyes a new lens to witness this Promethean event.

Revealing Black Men During National Black Family Month

Ben Jealous | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Ben Jealous

Black men may lead the nation in patriotism, entrepreneurship, generosity and parental engagement. But that's not the story you've heard, is it?

How to Keep Our Black Boys Alive: Channeling the Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police.

Why We're Launching 'Better Black Health'

Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Meredith Melnick

When we talk about structural injustice facing the black community, we cannot forget our health institutions: From research institutions to hospitals to the very profession of medicine, representation of African Americans is woefully low.

An Open Letter to My Black Father

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.21.2015 | Black Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

What was best about you though was your constant, unrelenting evolution as a man. As a parent, you'd admit your own shortcomings and tell me to learn from your misdoings. Hence my need to to be authentic, true and self-accountable through any obstacle.

Lessons of a Black Dad

Doyin Richards | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Doyin Richards

Sometimes I find myself singing Frozen songs if I'm passing someone on the sidewalk in an effort to say, "Hey, I have kids. I'm not a threat to you." I also wish I wouldn't completely tense up when a police officer walks or drives by me.

End All Youth Detention and Torture at Rikers Island Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Nobody of any age should be held in jail without a trial for three years. No child or adolescent should be held in an adult jail. Yet, a 16-year-old accused of stealing a backpack was kept in one of the most violent adult jails in the United States, Rikers Island in New York City, for three years without a trial. This was morally scandalous and inhumane. Even worse, he spent more than two years of that time in solitary confinement, locked up alone except to go to the shower, the recreation area, the visit room or the medical clinic. This was torture. The suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder on June 6, barely two years after his release and return home, was the final horror in his tragic and brutal journey into the depths of the adult criminal justice system in New York.

Dear White People

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices
Audrey Addison Williams

I want to be held accountable and I must hold you to the same level of accountability. I want to be in relationship with you based on truth telling, based on kindness, based on a desire to understand and to be understood.

Rewriting the Image of Black Fathers Via the NBA

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry are unofficial symbols for black fatherhood via the NBA, and they are repeatedly being attacked for bringin...

Moms March This Mother's Day Weekend To Declare End To Police Killings

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.10.2015 | Black Voices

A "Million Moms March" was held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, rallying together a large crowd of mothers whose children have been killed by police...

The Missing

John Feffer | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

One of the most remarkable symbols of racial discrimination are the missing African-American men. According to an analysis last month in The New York Times, 1.5 million African American men have gone missing in this country.

ACLU Says Two Black Men Were Victims Of Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER, May 5 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detain...

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

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...