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Lilly's Bold New Conversation: Race, Society and Work

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The Lilly forum succeeded in narrowing the divide between life and work, black and white, silence and innovation. It should be a model for companies everywhere.

Why I Am a White Liberal Who Supports Both Bernie Sanders and the Black Lives Matter Protestors

Ed Coffin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Ed Coffin

You know why ‪protestors addressed a crowd of liberals? Because that is exactly the crowd that needs to hear it. Their reaction proves exactly why this interruption was needed. Instead of criticizing, how about getting off your computer and helping us figure out how we change things?

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

j.n. salters | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.

We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Whites often fail to recognize the significance of the black church, tending to believe there is nothing racial about the fires today. The attack on black churches is an attack on the heart of the black community, its political, social, educational and spiritual center.

Charleston, Juneteenth And What It Means To Be Black In America

Charles Howard | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

We need not be slaves to fear. We need not be drawn into a pitiful, fear-based gun culture and arm ourselves (it's difficult to imagine Jesus encouraging people to hold guns to defend themselves while in church). We need not be slaves to hating those who hate us.

Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Criticism: 'I Didn't Think I Was Right For The Part'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

The topic of race and casting in Hollywood resurfaced in the weeks since Entertainment Weekly published an essay by actor Michael B. Jordan on May 22....

Philadelphia Congregations Lead in the Struggle for Social Justice

David A. Love | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Philadelphia has a long history as an incubator for social justice activism, from the abolition of slavery to the Black Power movement. Moreover, with its high unemployment and poverty, low wages, and high incarceration rate, the city could become another Baltimore.

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

Déjà Vu Hell: 1968 Baltimore Riots Revisited

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

I have lived in Philadelphia since 1964, and when I am asked where I live, the answer is easy. It is, of course, Philadelphia. But when I am asked where I am from, my response is always Baltimore.

Baltimore: The Dehumanizing Gaze and Thug Life

Charles Howard | Posted 06.28.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

It should go without saying, but of course destroying property and businesses is wrong. I have a friend who lost everything in a fire set on Monday night. A life-altering tragedy, no doubt. But, equally tragic is destroying humanity and withdrawing dignity -- something that many of us have done while watching the last several days in Baltimore unfold.

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.

The Recovery That Left Black Women Behind

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 06.06.2015 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

If nothing is done to address this disturbing development, just as Black men's unemployment finally dips into the single digits, Black women may very well eventually pierce the double digit unemployment mark themselves.

The Comparisons Between Ferguson And Selma Are Too Similar To Ignore

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices

They only lasted minutes, but the images of the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, on television permanently seared the inhumanity o...

South Africans Mark 25th Anniversary Of Mandela's Prison Release

AP | LYNSEY CHUTEL | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela insisted that he wanted to walk out of prison, when then President F. W. de Klerk told him he would finally be fr...

Seahawks Fumble MLK Day Tweet, Have To Delete It

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices

The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship Game, but fumbled big-time on social media. The team tweeted a photo of quarterback Russell Wilson cr...

This Guy Has ALL The Right Moves

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

Some dancers have moves, but Fik-Shun has moves. Watch the former "So You Think You Can Dance" winner take an amazing turn at December's World of D...

Theater Called Out For Blackface Portrayal Of NHL Star

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

A Montreal theater company is facing criticism for using an actor in blackface to portray black Canadiens player P.K. Subban. A skit with the Subba...

Cuba's Contributions to Local and Global Public Health

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Donna A. Patterson

President Obama's decision to begin restoring diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba is historic, and the U.S.-Cuba detente provides a valuable impetus for Cuba to expand its local and international biomedical capacity.

How to Start Over Without Regret

Mia Redrick | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Mia Redrick

We've all had to start over in some area of our lives like our career, marriage, business, education, diet, etc. It is so easy to revel in the disbelief of the disappointment that we forget the power of pursuing what is next on the horizon if we keep moving.

Protest vs. Privilege: A Tale of Two Americas in the Wake of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

Charles Howard | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

One of the marks of privilege and power is the ability to ignore the cries and pain of those who are oppressed. This is something that happens everyday.

Riding and Waiting: A Response to the Non-Indictment

Charles Howard | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I can't speak. My country has scarred me once again. How can I go to work in the morning on a train full of people who care not? At a workplace of people who missed the story because of football or reality television?

Aretha Franklin Gives Update On Long-Delayed Biopic

Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices

Following the success of Aretha Franklin's latest studio effort, which netted her highest debut charting album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva ...

We Need an Accounting of America's Innocent Prisoners

David A. Love | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

Lacking Leadership, Pennsylvania Backs Prisons Over Pupils

David A. Love | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.