iOS app Android app

Black Voices News

Faulty Florida So Listen Up Young Man

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remain baffled by the stand your ground law in Florida. Maybe someone can explain it in simple terms to me, because it appears what the state needs is a mind your business law.

The Truth About Slavery in Pennsylvania

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Compared to the five gradual abolition acts passed in northern states between 1780 and 1804, Pennsylvania's was by far the most limited in scope. It liberated not a single individual, and choked out slavery only by degrees.

WATCH: Tamar Throws Shade Towards Sister's Relationship With Kordell

Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices

Kordell Stewart and Porsha Williams’ public split has been a hot topic, particularly when it comes to the former couple’s new dating life. And whi...

Murder Trial Opens For Florida Man Who Killed Jordan Davis

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices

(Recasts with jury selection starting, length of trial, sequestering of jury) By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Fla...

Henry Louis Gates' Acclaimed PBS Docu-Series Heads To DVD

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Tirdad Derakhshani | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

The 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States symbolized for some Americans an end to the 500-year history of subjugati...

Magic On Rodman's North Korea Trip: 'It's Pathetic'

Posted 02.03.2014 | Black Voices

Dennis Rodman’s most recent trip to North Korea has caused more controversy than he expected. After the former NBA all-star participated in an exhi...

How Mister Cee Battled His Prostitution Scandal Depression With Soda

Posted 01.27.2014 | Black Voices

Hip-hop DJ Mister Cee has opened up in an interview in the February issue of GQ magazine about what life was like after a brief resignation last fall ...

Ad Makes Sweeping Statement About What Makes A Family

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

After Cheerios received both kudos and bigoted backlash for featuring an interracial family in an ad, Swiffer is using a similar strategy. Only the br...

Kandi Gives An Update On The Drama With Her Mom

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Since the announcement of their engagement last year, Kandi Burruss and her fiancé Todd Tucker have faced a hailstorm of criticism from the singer’...

Nas' Harvard Fellowship Aims To Teach Students Important Lessons About Life And Hip Hop

Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Last summer Nas officially made his Harvard University debut after the announcement of his fellowship joint venture with the institution’s hip-hop a...

10 Messages of Wisdom We Need to Give Black Youth Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I look back at my childhood, it was the advice that my mother, grandmother and elders had instilled in me that still resides in my now adult conscience. So here is what I've learned and my only hope is that others will carry it on.

'SNL' Adds More Color To Their Staff

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

The creative minds over at “Saturday Night Live” are once again in the headlines for a second time this week for adding diversity to the show's st...

What Ping the Duck, Duck Dynasty, Same-Sex Marriage in Utah, and Most of the Rest of Us Have in Common

Janet Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janet Mason

What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.

35 Books All Educators of African American and Latino Students Must Read

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Reading a body of work that offers effective insights to educators has proven to greatly assist educators with strengthening their teaching practices....

Rodman Jets To North Korea For Leader's Birthday

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | Black Voices

(Adds detail on birthday) By Maxim Duncan BEIJING, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman left Beij...

Assault in Academia: My Meeting at RCA, Part 2

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

This first appeared in the Rhetoric Race and Religion blog Click here to read part 1 The first thing that ran through my mind was, "Did I just get ...

A Prayer Of Thanksgiving For Nelson Mandela

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Death is not the final victory. Nothing can silence the voice of Nelson Mandela - not Robben Island, not death. His words are eternal. His voice will echo throughout time.

Chad Johnson's Surprising Response To Evelyn Lozado's Pregnancy News

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Just days after revealing her reported six-month pregnancy during a recent vacation in Hawaii, Evelyn Lozada has apparently attracted a potential gift...

Thierry Laurence's Body as Art in Richmond's First Fridays Art Walk

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 02.02.2014 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

"When I have a camera in hand, I want to capture the moments where shadows give way to light and allow us to see," says photographer Thierry Laurence, whose black and white portraits can be seen at Elegba Folklore Society's Cultural Center in Richmond, Virginia as part of the city's First Fridays Art Walk.

Delbert Tibbs, Death Row Survivor, May You Rest In Peace

David A. Love | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

During times of strife, conflict and violence, we turn to the Delbert Tibbses of our world to lead us down a path towards justice and righteousness. They know that winning the war we are fighting will not come through guns or drones, but rather with the forcefulness of our ideas, and the strength of our convictions.

Can 'The Arsenio Hall Show' Survive With Just 'Urban America'?

Posted 11.25.2013 | Black Voices

Arsenio Hall’s return to late night television has presented a few challenges since debuting on September 9. While Hall’s revamped syndicated talk...

We Did Both

Asha Palmer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Asha Palmer

Nelly wants the world to think they have to choose between a video and a life. Because that's what he did. By canceling his bone marrow drive, he made his choice. And by having our own drive and bringing a national conversation to the forefront of our community, we made ours.

Lauryn Hill Set To Give Fans Early Thanksgiving Treat

Posted 11.25.2013 | Black Voices

Lauryn Hill fans will receive an early Thanksgiving treat next week, as the singer-songwriter is scheduled to embark on her first performance since se...

Enough of the Lily Allen Privilege With a Kanye Complex

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Racism and sexism are very sensitive matters that include a history and heritage that neither should be forgotten or reclaimed. By trying to reshape these problems, you are in essence selfishly attempting to liberate yourself by disgracing the very people who actually experience it.

Discriminating Taste: Rhapsody in Black Puts Audiences on the Path to Transcending Racism

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. You will find truth and triumph in Rhapsody in Black.