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State of Emergency for Black Girls

Trey Anthony | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Trey Anthony

Lately, I've become overly aware of little black girls between the ages of six to eleven years old. Mostly they seem shocked that someone has even acknowledged them, much less dared to call them beautiful!

Fear: The Other 99 Percent

Stephanie Chick | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Stephanie Chick

There is a single force that occupies Wall Street, Main Street and corporate suites across America. That force is Fear, and it is choking dreams and keeping 99 percent of people from unleashing their genius.

I was a Poor Black Kid

Jakada Imani | Posted 02.18.2012 | Black Voices
Jakada Imani

Gene Marks seems to think that all poor Black kids need to do differently to succeed is "be smart enough to go for it." I'll be sure to tell that to students the next time I'm in an classroom that has too many students and too few books.

Cursive Handwriting is Still a Practical Necessity

Tamika Sayles | Posted 02.18.2012 | Black Voices
Tamika Sayles

As a distinguished African-American member of Generation Y, I vow to uphold the rules and principles of cursive handwriting. The art of cursive handwriting among students is disappearing at an alarming rate. What is your take on the cursive debate?

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas...

Lori Bryant Woolridge | Posted 02.18.2012 | Black Voices
Lori Bryant Woolridge

I can't tell you how many of my unattached friends and clients are lamenting the onset of this holiday season. I can't say that I blame them. The holiday season can be tough for single ladies, it's one of those times during the year when being alone can feel particularly lonely.

Holiday Eating: Smart Swaps

Marisa Moore | Posted 02.18.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

We're well into the holiday season and chances are you are faced with many tempting treats. At your next holiday party or potluck, look for these better for you alternatives to beat the bulge.

10 Tips to Surviving Holiday Gatherings with the Family

Janet Taylor, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2012 | Black Voices
Janet Taylor, M.D.

Let's face it, there are times when holiday gatherings are not fun and joyous but remind you of how dysfunctional your family actually is. If you find yourself thinking... "Am I the only one who feels like there is something seriously wrong with these folks?" then try these tips.

French Guiana Dancer Yannick Lebrun Finds "Home" In New Alvin Ailey Production Premiering on World AIDS Day

Grace Aneiza Ali | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Grace Aneiza Ali

On December 1, Yannick Lebrun joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the world premiere of "Home," an evocative piece inspired by stories of people living with or affected by HIV.

Grandma's Red Beans & Rice

Yvahn Martin | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Every Monday.  New Orleans families serve red beans and rice for dinner.  This is my Grandma's recipe © 1945, when she probably started making them. She will probably yell at me for publishing this, but maybe not.

Still Waiting: Black Male Achievement in America

LaVar Young | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
LaVar Young

The gap in achievement between black males and their white counterparts isn't news -- it's common knowledge, generally accepted, and only sometimes bemoaned. So why aren't we more alarmed?

Pepper Spray Hospitality

Michael W. Waters | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

We are a less hospitable nation. Hospitality has been exchanged for a heightened hostility. Let's call it pepper spray hospitality, which is, in fact, no hospitality at all. We are a spray first, ask questions later, kind of society.

There's No "Half" In "Family"

Eric Payne | Posted 01.30.2012 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

I recently happened upon some paperwork from my son's high school. Seeing my blended family in black and white letters threw me for a loop. The descriptions of us were clinical, anesthetized, devoid of love.

Cultural Scapegoats and Whipping Boys

Darius A. Gray | Posted 01.29.2012 | Black Voices
Darius A. Gray

"Few people join or stay members of a faith they don't believe in." Those words offered by a dear friend would appear self-evident, but they speak volumes about what is key to individuals.

Herbal Teas for the Common Cold

Tamika Sayles | Posted 01.28.2012 | Black Voices
Tamika Sayles

Judging by the amount of coughs and tissue boxes floating around the office, it's that time again. The cold season is here. While cold medication is the obvious choice when treating the common cold, herbal tea is another healthy alternate.

The 10 Types of Friends Who Will Ruin Your Relationships Part I

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

All is fair in love and war, but one of the avoidable hindrances to relationships may be the company you keep. Hopefully this list will equip you with the power of discernment.

Daddy's Girl: Honoring My Father's Legacy

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 01.23.2012 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

My father was my umbrella; but he didn't just shelter and protect me. He molded me. He taught me the importance of community. I write this open tribute with no hesitation nor reservation to say that I am so proud to be his daughter.

Back to Basics: A Recipe for Happiness

Yvahn Martin | Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Been feeling stressed lately? Overwhelmed? Perpetually tired and cranky? Maybe even tottering on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Maybe it's time to hit the reset button.


Darius A. Gray | Posted 01.11.2012 | Black Voices
Darius A. Gray

I was raised by "the help." I don't mean that "the help" served me in my parents' mansion. No, my parents were "the help" in white households -- my mother a domestic servant and my father a handyman.

Fall Back to Good Health

Marisa Moore | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

The days are shorter. The leaves have changed and you're forced to wear more clothes. This change can negatively impact your mood. Here are some simple tips to help you stay on track, fight winter weight gain and boost your overall health and well-being.

A Healthy Lifestyle for the Recent Graduate on a Budget

Tamika Sayles | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices
Tamika Sayles

Most recent college graduates would agree that the transition from school to the real world can be stressful, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't be healthy.

Why Reciprocity in Chile is Bad for My Pocketbook

Oneika Raymond | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

As my plane started its descent into Santiago, Chile, I felt the excitement build within my chest. After my 10-hour night flight from Dallas, I was feeling worse for wear but highly anticipated what would await me in Chile's capital.

It Takes a Village: The Impact of Communal Parenting

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

While the course of action taken to raise a child is solely to the discretion of the parent, what I find to be most effective method is the impact of communal parenting.

A Call to Consciousness

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Though the state of black entrepreneurship has progressed significantly in the past decade, successful entrepreneurs with businesses in urban environm...

Single Black Women Are Tired of Being a Spectacle

Bené Viera | Posted 12.25.2011 | Black Voices
Bené Viera

I am so over mainstream media's obsession with who black women do or don't date/marry. Outside of site hits and ratings, the goal of this meme is really quite simple and has been happening since the 19th century. It reinforces that black women are unlovable.

Should Men Have the Right to 'Financial Abortions'?

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 12.20.2011 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

The national conversation surrounding reproductive rights ebbs and flows. Through it all, one very important person never quite seems to make the first string of the "Decision Making Team": The father.