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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 ...

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 Sla...

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 07.31.2015 | 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 07.30.2015 | 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 07.24.2015 | 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 07.15.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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.

Black People Aren't Allowed to Be Human

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

There is no room for humanness when you are expected to behave in a subservient way in every and any circumstance.

The Moment I Realized What It Means To Be A Minority

Nasir Fleming | Posted 01.31.2015 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

I discovered that I was black in the third grade. No -- not really. I have always known that I had brown skin, but I did not start to realize what having brown or black skin represented in a social, economic and legal context until halfway through elementary school.

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Black People Are More Than Twice As Likely As White People To Struggle To Afford Food

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 11.07.2014 | Business

Think we're living in a "post-racial society"? Think again. A recent Gallup poll found that black people are more than twice as likely as white people...

'Acting White'

Kristen Coke | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Kristen Coke

I walked the walk, talked the talk, and now had a student ID card showing that I am an educated person. However, this didn't stop a store owner from turning up her nose at me when I entered her shop and having one of her associates follow me around. And this didn't stop the suspicious stares of residents in a small town where I visited one of my friends this past year.

Your Opportunity to Prevent Another Ferguson

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Ama Yawson

It has been nearly two months since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the beginning of the uprising that the murder triggered. Most social critics have observed that the uprising was not simply about racism and police brutality.

Irrelevant Things I Learned From White People That Increased My Social Capital

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Deborah Plummer

I have learned a lot of really important things from my white friends. But I have also learned a lot of irrelevant things from my white friends. And although the learning appears to be irrelevant, this insider knowledge has come in quite handy, particularly in social situations.

9/11: On Terror, Grief and Forgetting

Jay Dodd | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

What 9/11 did to us as a nation is solidify tensions of Brown/Black bodies carrying terror. From the security line to workplace to college campuses, brown bodies are policed and monitored. But this is how we are. This is the America we foster and develop.