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Why We're Launching 'Black Health Matters'

Meredith Melnick | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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...

#Justice4Tamir

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.28.2015 | 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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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. ...