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Colin Kaepernick Makes Me Wanna Holler And Throw Up Both My Hands

Valerie Wardlaw | Posted 08.31.2016 | Black Voices
Valerie Wardlaw

Colin Kaepernick simply spoke of his disappointment in a country that is better than what we at times exhibit. He said what you and I know -- that we can and must do better. It is a courageous act to speak truth to power.

America Has Failed Alton Sterling And Philando Castile

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.07.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

Who Do You Call When The Murderer Wears A Badge?

Dear Tomi Lahren: Take Several Seats

Kim Kane | Posted 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
Kim Kane

Tomi, please consider the following: your tone displayed a total lack of compassion. Your words displayed a lack of understanding. Your arguments displayed a lack of research.

People Of Color Open Up About Their Experiences With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.07.2016 | Latino Voices

Mental health activist Dior Vargas understands the importance of representation, especially when it comes to mental health. "When you google images o...

The Dollars and Sense of the Social Inequities of the Black Experience

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 05.18.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

Over the last few years I've been fortunate enough to travel to Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum's annual meeting of the 1,500 or so...

Ten Things White People Need To Quit Saying

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.27.2016 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

If any of this offends you as a white person, I ask simply that you sit with that discomfort for a while. Really feel it. Now imagine that your distress weren't the temporary consequence of reading an article, but rather the permanent consequence of living in your own skin.

An Unfiltered Response To Buzzfeed's Viral Anti-Black Video

Tajh Sutton | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices
Tajh Sutton

What we NOT gon' do is provide a playground for white supremacists everywhere to like, comment, share and say 'Look! Even the BLACK PEOPLE are saying it! How could it be racist NOW?!' And that is what you've done, Buzzfeed.

Friday Talking Points -- Copulating Rodents!

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican presidential nomination race has previously devolved to the level of an elementary school playground (penis-measuring in a national debate), and has now risen to at least high school (if not a college frat house) with the vicious battle going on between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over who can insult each other's wives the most.

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

Whither America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment?

This Is What Happens When Black People Are Asked What Kwanzaa Means

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices

Although Kwanzaa is a celebration to honor African heritage within African American culture, many black people don't know what it means. In a new Buzz...

Being Black And Loud Is Necessary, One Poet Demands

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Black Voices

Black voices should never be silenced. This was April Wells' message in her poem "Loud Voices," which she performed at the Get Lit Classic Slam in Sou...

The Black Church Is the Home of Black Activism

Amanda Borquaye | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Borquaye

The black church is so much more than a place of worship. It is a weekly meeting where sorrows and joys are felt and shared. It is a sturdy foundation, bolstering those who choose to stand upon it.

This Man's Bold Idea: Pay Criminals to Stay Out of Trouble

NationSwell | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

His agency contacts a select group of young men that are most likely to be involved in shootings -- the ones who've brushed off help and stubbornly refused to change. With directed help, ONS gives the boys a profitable alternative to crime, starting with a monthly paycheck up to $1,000 for staying out of trouble.

31 Things White People Should Culturally Appropriate

Terrence Chappell | Posted 07.31.2016 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

Appropriators are doing themselves a great disservice if they think the Black experience is just limited to hairstyles and hip-hop. I decided to put together a list things White people really should be appropriating, so they can truly have a holistic, intimate grasp on Blackness.

Do the Police See Shades of Black?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.30.2016 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

This belief that a light-skinned man is less likely to be harassed than a man of a darker shade is ignorance at its worst. The hashtag we all use these days says #BlackLivesMatter -- last time I checked, that wasn't shade specific. They don't see shades, why should we?

My Sandra Bland Story

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.24.2016 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Something seemed wrong about this situation. The officer said, "Give me your keys!" I said, "Why" but she ignored me. I still wasn't sure what was going on, I said, No. "Wrong answer" she replied. She snatched open my car door yelling, "Get the f**k out of the car" as she yanked me from my seat.

The Most Important Lesson to Teach Children

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Ama Yawson

The world has become a very uncertain place due to rapid technological and cultural change. We are reminded of change when we remember iconic companies that each employed thousands of people such as Enron, Pan Am, MCI Worldcom and Arthur Anderson. Those companies no longer exist.

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

Dear White People (and Others): It Seems Like Some of You May Have Forgotten, So Again, Here's Why #BlackLivesMatter

Chevonne Harris | Posted 06.22.2016 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

After 400 years of slavery, lynching, segregation and the complete whitewash of the word "swag" and all our best dance moves, haven't we suffered enough?

What is Diversity?

Chad Williams | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

A company can seek to have a diverse body of employees, but it cannot seek to hire a diverse employee. An individual can be of a diverse background, his ancestry diverse, but the individual himself cannot be such.

#BlackLivesMatter: The Politics and History Surrounding Memorial Day

Jim Downs | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Jim Downs

Despite my effort, many historians continue to see only white soldiers' suffering and death during the war. But what about those who did not wear the Union blue or Confederate grey but died in the same war often alongside of white soldiers? How we might remember their death and suffering?

'Do You Have A Black Friend?'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.04.2015 | Comedy

In honor of Black History Month, Jimmy Kimmel decided to put white people on the spot by asking the age-old question, "Do you have a Black friend?" ...

Where's the Outrage Over African Lives?

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Aaron Daniel Taylor

While I mourn the little over a dozen French people who died last week, I also mourn over the fact that world leaders are expected to march hand-in-hand when a dozen Europeans are slaughtered and not when thousands of Africans are slaughtered. The world's media and governmental structures have sent the message loud and clear: Africa can go to hell.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Radical: Assata Taught Me

justin adkins | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

As I ring in a new year I commit to continuing to listen, to act, to learn, and to speak. I implore you to join me. Stand up, stand with, walk alongside, and speak up. It is not going to be easy, but together we can change the world.