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The Adoption Taboo

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.16.2011 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

While there are certainly many feel-good stories about successful, long-awaited adoptions, as well as happy birth reunion stories, such as the recent story in which Facebook reunited a birth mother with the child she gave up 63 years age, there tends to be little focus on the plain and often uneasy facts of adoption, particularly when race is involved.

Why I'm Glad My Mother Didn't Relax My Hair

Baze Mpinja | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Baze Mpinja

I've flip-flopped between processing my hair and letting it be because I've never viewed one style as being better than the other -- they're just different. And if I ever have a daughter of my own someday, that's exactly what I'll teach her.

My Coyote

Lonette McKee | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Lonette McKee

This article is about the loss of my beautiful dog, Coyote. Though his death was heartbreaking for me, somehow when he passed, his benevolent spirit set my spirit free. The following is the note I sent to friends the day after his death.

Changing Perspectives on Race, One Blog at a Time

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.12.2011 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

I felt angry, not because the behavior of those kids wasn't completely ill-mannered, but because if they had been three white boys dressed in J. Crew blazers, this man probably wouldn't be talking to the cops about it.

A Single Lesbian's Quest for Motherhood

Staceyann Chin | Posted 10.11.2011 | Black Voices
Staceyann Chin

One day I looked up from the jaded wreckage of my umpteenth breakup and was deafened by the horror of my ticking biological clock. I was 35 and living a solitary life in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City.

Your Most Important Medical Exams

Whitney Greer | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices
Whitney Greer

"More water, more veggies, more exercise, more sleep... and less of all the bad habits!" you tell yourself. However, if you truly want to be healthier, you also need to schedule an appointment with your doctor for a complete health check.

5 Moves To Blast Belly Fat

Jeanette Jenkins | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanette Jenkins

The core is a group of muscles just like any other area in your body, and you must train them if you want them to improve with better strength, tone, endurance and flexibility.

Why African Americans Support Abortion Rights

Veronica Byrd | Posted 10.09.2011 | Black Voices
Veronica Byrd

Is someone pushing black women into abortion against our will? Of course not. Our high abortion rate reflects our high rate of unintended pregnancy -- which in turn reflects poverty and a lack of accessible, affordable health care.