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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.

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters?

Jenee Darden | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jenee Darden

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters is the play I've been waiting for. In her one-woman show, actress and writer Echo Brown, 31, powerfully shares her personal experience of love, sexuality, interracial dating, abuse, race and so much more.

These Plumbers Are Sporting Pink For A Cause...

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

The local black owned business has committed itself to "changing the way you view plumbers." The company also encourages community empowerment and development in urban communities.

Black Men and Mental Illness Can Be a Barbershop Conversation, Too | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices

Historically, Black men have very few places where they feel free to discuss important issues. We face economic and social barriers including high unemployment, incarceration rates and health disparities. Fortunately, the barbershop gives us a place to call home.

Million Man March, Media Coverage and Misogyny

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

I wouldn't be mad if there were a Million Man March every year. Yet I hope that when this and other like gatherings happen we can do the work and stay with the goal of uplifting black men. I hope we can do this without the need to push down any "type" of black woman.

Black Liberation: 9 Books Every Black Man Needs to Read

Bill Johnson II | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
Bill Johnson II

It would be appropriate to include every book bell hooks has written in this article as each of her manuscripts confronts the systemic and psychological factors out to destroy Black males. My advice is to read every book of hers you can.

What #BlackLivesMatter Means to Me (Spoiler Alert: I'm Not Black)

Isa Adney | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Isa Adney

I've seen a lot of really painful and hurtful things being said by people who cannot speak from experience and who have not taken the time to listen to those who can.

A 20-Year Journey From the Million Man March to 'Justice or Else' | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices

The ideological and political formations that have fueled Black progress are messy with the particulars of each person's lived experience and beliefs. When forged in operational unity, however, it has been exactly these asymmetrical formations that have been the most terribly effective.

Black Men Rally In D.C. For 20th Anniversary Of Million Man March

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.10.2015 | Black Voices

  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black men from around the nation are gathering on the National Mall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man Ma...

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.

Powerful NYFW Show Takes On Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Style

It’s the second day of New York Fashion Week and we've already seen the most powerful show of the season. Thursday night Kerby Jean-Raymond...

Gone Too Soon: Black Males and Suicide

Bill Johnson II | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Johnson II

Little is written and even less is said about the prevalence of completed suicide among Black males, despite the alarming rates of fatal self-harm completed by Black males every year.

#BlackMenLove: Top 5 Documented Reasons to Love Black Men

BMe Community | Posted 09.23.2015 | Black Voices
BMe Community

In today's society the majority of what's said about Black men isn't flattering and leaves out really important facts. I know, because as a Black man and BMe Community Manager in Philadelphia, I have pretty much heard them all.

These '100 Black Men' Are Changing Their Community For The Better

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices

100 Black Men of New Jersey is a group of black male volunteers dedicated to "improving the quality of life" of black members of their local comm...

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 09.30.2015 | 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...