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Being Brown in the 'Burbs: No Burnt Crosses, but a Few Cross Looks

Melanie Coffee | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

I should have known by the look in his eyes. The middle-aged white man looked at my chocolate self, then to my light-skinned baby and back to me. "Excuse me," he said walking closer. "But is his father white or Asian?"

What Blacks Can Learn From Jews - Pt. 1

Eric Copage | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Eric Copage

The Black Pearls Living blog is based on the best-selling series of books written by Eric V. Copage, an independent journalist living in New York. The books are founded on the concept of "Muscular Black Pride™" -- pride borne from daily, concrete, positive action, not rhetoric. Connect with Black Pearls Living and share your stories of MBP™ via the comments section of this post or on Facebook.

OPINION: Racism to Blame, Not Affinity Groups, for Lack of Minorities in Tech

Turnstyle | Posted 05.23.2012 | Black Voices

By: Kalimah Priforce This month, I was a presenter at a college readiness conference for young Black males, convened at Berkeley City College in Berk...

Five Diet Myths Debunked!

Marisa Moore | Posted 03.23.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

It's the first of spring. What better time to clear out dusty old myths for the truth... Here are some of the ones I've heard recently about diets and dieting that aren't true. Take a look and let me know the other ones you're wondering about.

Black Women Don't Need Anymore Dating Advice! Or Do They? Q&A with Demetria Lucas

Erica Watson | Posted 05.14.2012 | Black Voices
Erica Watson

I am so tired of black men writing dating advice books for black women! I love all of the amazing men in my life, but many of them do not know how to...

How The National Urban League Missed The Mark With It's State Of Black America Report

Leigh Owens | Posted 05.09.2012 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

This week the National Urban League released it's 2012 State of Black America Report and with it hosted a forum at Howard University to discuss the findings.

Black Motherhood Re-Examined: Are We Always Doing Our Best?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Janelle Harris wrote an interesting article at, discussing stereotypes of Black mothers in America. Like everyone else, I thought back to the women who've influenced me in my life, namely my mother, aunts and grandmothers.

Disparties in Colorectal Cancer

Otis Webb Brawley, MD | Posted 05.02.2012 | Black Voices
Otis Webb Brawley, MD

One might be pleased that colorectal cancer death rates have dropped dramatically over the last thirty years. But the harsh reality is not everyone is benefiting from new knowledge about screening, diagnosis, and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Diversity in the Outdoors, Part 1

Stacy Bare | Posted 04.28.2012 | Black Voices
Stacy Bare

Last month I was on a panel at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show about diversity in the outdoors. It was a broad discussion about how we get more Americans of different colors, philosophies, religions, back grounds, socio-economic positions, and age outside.

The Empire Of Self Reigns With Faith And Work

Hayes Grooms | Posted 04.25.2012 | Black Voices
Hayes Grooms

Failure. No one likes to fail, yet everyone has. Of course, it's not something that we shout or boast about because it doesn't feel good -- in fact, it feels terrible. Seldom do we ever embrace the failures. It is the lessons learned in these failures that are the crown jewels.

7 Strategies For Co-Parenting Your Teen

Tara Fass | Posted 04.21.2012 | Divorce
Tara Fass

Teens are like toddlers on hormones who want and need to separate from you. Parenting them under any circumstances can be tough, but co-parenting teens who move between two households presents particular challenges.

How I Afford to Travel

Oneika Raymond | Posted 04.18.2012 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

I walk places when I can, which means that I save on bus and cab fare -- my two feet are free!

African Americans Must Shoulder Blame for Eddie Long

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 04.14.2012 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

There has been no widespread public call within the African-American religious community demanding for Eddie Long to step down, be sat down or altogether shutdown.

Beyonce's Post Baby Body is Round and Curvy -- Just like We Husbands Like Them

Nick Chiles | Posted 04.10.2012 | Black Voices
Nick Chiles

With all the fuss over Beyonce's post-baby body, I'd like to take a moment to talk about my wife's post-pregnancy body. I understand that women spend years of anguish fighting and cursing that baby weight, but that is not necessarily what's on the husband's mind.

Is DIY Dead?

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

New year trends are picking up steam and what was deemed "so 2011" is moving further into the past. Honeysuckle pink, rainbow bookcases, those ubiquitous "Keep Calm And Carry On" signs, I get. But DIY? Dead?

A Hope that Don Cornelius' Apparent Suicide Opens Door on Taboo Topic

Melanie Coffee | Posted 04.08.2012 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

In the wake of Don Cornelius' death, many suicide prevention advocates were hoping that his apparent suicide would give people an avenue for talking about something we don't like to discuss.

Birthing While Black: An Experience I'll Never Forget

Denene Millner | Posted 03.31.2012 | Black Voices
Denene Millner

There are a ton of things I'll never forget about the first time I gave birth. What I most remember? That the hospital and workers where I had my first daughter sullied what should have been one of the most amazing days of my life.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles: Part 2

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, " and I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones. Here's the second part of that conversation.

Should You Tell Someone If Their Spouse Is Cheating?

Tara Fass | Posted 03.13.2012 | Divorce
Tara Fass

More times than I can count, true zingers are relayed to me after someone asks what I do for a living and I say I'm a therapist with a specialty in divorce and co-parenting. This morning was no exception.

Traveling to Ethiopia

Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards | Posted 03.09.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards

My trip to Ethiopia helped to open my eyes to a world very different from my own as I connected with men, women and children who are directly benefiting from the work that we are doing in their village.

Experiment With Another Year of Life

Lisa Ellis | Posted 03.06.2012 | Black Voices
Lisa Ellis

Every New Year all of us reflect upon our lives. We attempt to grow, learn and become inspired to improve ourselves. We begin the year with an ardency that could light monuments. Is this all reality? Or are we setting ourselves up repeatedly to fail?

OMG You Were a Nun and You're Black?

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.06.2012 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

I spent over four years researching friendship patterns of people from all ages in order to write Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations th...

New Year's Resolutions: Don't Bite off More Than You Can Chew

Marisa Moore | Posted 01.05.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

It's that time of year again. Making New Year's resolutions is a tradition. But before you bite off more than you can chew, consider a new approach: set realistic goals and implement small changes throughout the year to achieve them.

Discovering Chile's Atacama Desert

Oneika Raymond | Posted 02.29.2012 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

Not even 24 hours after touching down in Santiago, Chile, I was on the road again. Destination? The Chilean desert.

Pushing Through and Making It Work

Kathleen Hyppolite | Posted 02.26.2012 | Black Voices
Kathleen Hyppolite

I wasn't always a floral designer. Yes, I love what I do and I can't imagine doing anything else but not very long ago, I was an event planner. I guess technically, I still am.