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Why Every Black Girl is Mary Jane Paul

Patrice Robinson | Posted 11.19.2016 | Black Voices
Patrice Robinson

Mary Jane embodies that Black woman struggle that is only seen in our living rooms and behind the big oakwood closed doors of an expensive therapy session. This isn't the stuff that we like to talk about. These aren't the issues that we like to admit to others or ourselves that really do exist.

Stop Straightening Your Hair: Being Yourself Is More Powerful Than Being An Image

Carolina Delboni | Posted 11.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Carolina Delboni

How can we change this social and cultural context? How can we increase these girls' self-esteem? How can we reassure these mothers?

An Open Letter to My Little Sister in College

Kristen Coke | Posted 10.14.2016 | College
Kristen Coke

Sometimes you feel as if there is no way you can recover from something. But if you can accept that you can pick yourself up and maybe put back together some of the pieces, you will make it through.

The Progression of Rwanda's Feminine Culture

Ange Kagame | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Ange Kagame

When I reflect upon my own experiences and life lessons, I think of my mother Jeannette Kagame, who has helped change the women of Africa for the better, starting with me.

Real Parents in Adoption: A Paradigm Shift

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Of course that scary remark will come sooner or later: 'You are not even my real dad.' A child that is denied something 'utterly' important, or is 'unfairly' disciplined tries to find hurting words and comes up with the ones she or he thinks are the worst.

5 Things I Wish I'd Learned at University

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rutendo Nyamuda

After many years at University I thought was armed with everything I needed to conquer the working world: vast knowledge of the history of the media industry, an understanding of media jargon and the ability to successfully regurgitate information I had read in my textbooks.

Wanda Sykes To Paula Deen: Just Shut The Hell Up

Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices

As the Paula Deen saga continues to unfold, many notable figures are sharing their thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Queen of Southern Cuisi...

The First Lesson my Father Taught Me about Money: The Bike Story

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 06.09.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Aliche

In honor of Father's Day I want to share the most important, financial lesson I've learned to date. It's one that my dad taught me and is the reason I am The Budgetnista. The Bike Story...

The Anomalistic Life of an African-American Pilot

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 05.21.2013 | Black Voices
Nicolas B. Aziz

I was fascinated when I met pilot Gerry Dupree. This Tennessee native has been to over 75 countries and has flown cargo ranging from standard parcels to live dolphins. Here, I take a dive into his experiences as an African-American pilot.

Study Finds Black Female Leaders Face Harsher Criticism Than Others

Posted 09.13.2012 | Black Voices

In the corporate world, it looks like women are making significant strides. This year's Fortune 500 list boasted 18 female CEOs, more women to make th...

The 'Real Black Man' Is Dead: Frank Ocean and Black Masculinity

Esther Armah | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices
Esther Armah

Frank Ocean's act equals emotional justice; emotional revolution. One step at a time. One conversation at a time. One revelation at a time. Emotional justice is about giving voice to hurts - present and historical - to speaking the most intimate truths.

10 New Rules In Black Beauty

Ben Arogundade | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Ben Arogundade

For many black women, their preference for straight hair is driven by bad childhood memories of being teased and tormented at school about their natural hair, or being made to feel insecure by parents who insisted on the hot comb or hair relaxer.

The Family Guy- Boris Kodjoe Supports ABFF And Gold Peak Tea

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 09.08.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

Boris Kodjoe is charismatic, personable and knows how to work the room. He commands attention, but not in the "Hey, look at me!" kind of way. His swagger, his smile and warm, inviting demeanor make everyone take notice.

Take the Juneteenth Challenge

Lois Leveen | Posted 08.19.2012 | Black Voices
Lois Leveen

The Civil War and the abolition of slavery are neither white history nor black history. Today is Juneteenth. This holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery, tells us as much about what America means as the Fourth of July, Presidents Day, or Memorial Day.

Tracy Martin and Derrick Spillman Stand Their Ground in Florida

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.18.2012 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

The Trayvon Martin case has led many to think critically about the fine line between valid self-defense and using excessive force in a fight. Both Tracy Martin and Derrick Spillman are pushing for the repeal of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

The Birth Of 'Dear White People'

Justin Simien | Posted 08.14.2012 | Black Voices
Justin Simien

The truth is, Dear White People really isn't about "white racism" or racism at all. As I see it racism is systemic and is inherently reflected in any honest story about life as a minority in this country. What my film is about however... is identity.

Variables and Constants

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 08.11.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

Many times we delay moving forward in something God told us to do because of variables. "What if this happens? What if this person doesn't do what they say they will? What if I don't have the means/money/skills required to pull this off?"

What I Learned From White Men

Stephanie Chick | Posted 08.01.2012 | Black Voices
Stephanie Chick

In corporate America, white men have always held powerful positions of authority. From first-level managers to GMs, from senior VPs to C-Suite executi...

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

Women's Health Week: 7 Simple Tips for Heart Health

Marisa Moore | Posted 07.18.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

While breast cancer gets a lot of attention in the media and is certainly a concern, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and a leading cause of disability among women. Here are seven simple changes you can make to begin nurturing your heart at any stage of your life.

Yes, Marriage is for Black People, Gay People and Beyond

Charreah K. Jackson | Posted 07.18.2012 | Black Voices
Charreah K. Jackson

The institution of marriage has never been as scrutinized, politicized, inspected and dissected as it is today. The fact is for men, you don't need to...

What Makes an Interracial Relationship?

Heidi W. Durrow | Posted 07.16.2012 | Black Voices
Heidi W. Durrow

I'm used to checking "other" to describe myself. Still, imagine my surprise -- not at the recent headline that interracial marriages are at an all-time high -- but that my marriage is included among them.

7 Strategies to Slim Down for Summer

Marisa Moore | Posted 07.14.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

The unofficial start of summer is just weeks away. If the thought of baring your arms, legs and belly this summer make you want to run for the cover ups, read on. These slimming strategies can help you jumpstart your weight loss in time for your first barbeque or stroll on the beach.

Oprah Doesn't Know Everything

Stephanie Covington Armstrong | Posted 06.30.2012 | Black Voices
Stephanie Covington Armstrong

Being Black prepared me for an eating disorder. Bulimia is a closeted disease, usually practiced in secret, in silence, in isolation. Secrets were the glue that bound my community.

When Temper Tantrums Become Criminal

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 06.24.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Salecia Johnson is not the first kindergartner to have been arrested for a temper tantrum. There are countless other children of color that suffer similar trauma at the hands of adults in schools.