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

Charles Howard | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

T-Boz Adds More Fuel To Ongoing Drama With Former Manager

Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices

--TLC member, T-Boz shares her thoughts on why former manager Perri 'Pebbles' Reid is suing Viacom over her depiction in VH1’s original biopic, “C...

No Easy Victories

Eric Cooper | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Today the challenge of de facto segregation in schools -- not only by race, but also by poverty concentration, native language and disability -- requires coordinated local, state and federal action.

Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Timoria McQueen | Posted 09.27.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.

Fatherless Black Boys: Do You Really Care or Nah?

Kelsey Minor | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Not every fatherless black boy ends up running with the local street gang, committing crimes, and living up to no good. I want people to stop using that generalization. It's not fair and it's ignorant.

Waiting For Environmental Justice to Come

David A. Love | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Environmental toxins and pollutants know no class or race, and yet government policies and corporate activities place an undue burden on the health of the poor and communities of color.

The Real Reason Why We Never See Kandi Put Mama Joyce In Check

Posted 06.27.2014 | Black Voices

--Singer-turned-"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star, Kandi Burruss responds to critics who say she needs to put her mother, Joyce “Mama Joyce” Jones...

Tonya L. Moore Is All F*d Up in Phenomenal New Self-Expose

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In the media landscape of Karrine Steffans and Kim Kardashians, who exploit their lives for profit and social capital, Moore's memoir serves a unique purpose and sets a standard of values that comes with time, growth and maturity.

'White People Only' Fountain Among The Shocking Allegations Made Against Cotton Warehouse

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices

With claims that seem more from the Jim Crow era than the 21st century, two black workers filed a discrimination complaint against a Tennessee cotton ...

More Drama For Nina Simone's Biopic

Posted 05.21.2014 | Black Voices

The highly-anticipated Nina Simone biopic, “Nina,” is set to make its debut during a screening at this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival on Thu...