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Collaboration vs. Competition

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

In the wake of the Super Bowl, an annual ritual celebrating athletic prowess, I've been reflecting on the role of competition in our colleges and univ...

Hampton University Welcomes Their First LGBTQ Organization.

Matthew Gates | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Gates

On February 4th, 2016, us students at Hampton University received notice that our first LGBTQ organization was approved by administration. We call our organization "Mosaic," an acronym defined as "Motivating Open-minded Social Acceptance and Inspiring Change."

Remembering Muslim Activist Malcolm X

Sajdah Nubee | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Sajdah Nubee

Malcolm X is known to us as one of America's most influential and memorable Black leaders and Civil Rights activist. He is known as a gifted orator wi...

"Unpimpable" to Pastors Who Prey

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Un-pimp-able. I am. Unpimpable by those "pastors" who prey on the poor, who dwell in opulence, or strut like peacocks in the pulpit, wearing flashy designer suits, lizard or gator shoes, their necks dripping with golden crosses. Those who more resemble gaudy pimp-like creatures than humble men of God.

John, Just a Baptist, Seeking the Same Grace

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

What chills me to the bone is to ponder the fate of those who have misled, or who continue to mislead others down the path of religion rather than into relationship with Christ.

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

Black History Is American History

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am privileged to represent a congressional district that has been historically recognized as the epicenter of Black culture and politics. Our legendary neighborhood gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance, which has forever transformed the American fabric. We are fortunate to have dedicated people and organizations promoting our legacy.

Plugged In, But Still Not Connected

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

CHICAGO--The rumble of the train mixed with the squeal of steel wheels upon miles of steel track rises like the sound of Miles Davis' melancholy horn ...

Solange Slams Racism In The Music Industry In 8 Perfect Tweets

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices

Solange Knowles posted an impassioned series of tweets in 2013, which called out music sites for unfair criticism of Brandy's album "Two Eleven."...

Dear Son, Rules to the Crying Game

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain and his newborn son sleeping at home 13 years ago. A letter to my 13-year-old son By John W. Fountain Dear son, don't believe the li...

An Ode to Moya: Love in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

This ode is devoted to all the women -- girlfriends, wives, mothers and daughters -- who have had to journey to prisons, jails and correctional facilities all across America, all in hopes, of keeping LOVE alive.

The American Dream: Dead or Just on the Ropes?

David Rivera | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
David Rivera

The 2015 Harvard Institute of Politics "Survey Of Young Americans' Attitudes Towards Politics and Public Service" raised the question "Is the American Dream Alive"? The poll reveals that Donald Trump's supporters are less likely to answer the question positively.

The Word Too Vile to Say

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Words can defile a nation. They help shape and define a new history of self-inflicted devastation -- though not without the impact of our historical degradation. Words that roll off the tongue nowadays without hesitation. They are dehumanizing words of our own creation.

What's Love Got to Do With It? Everything

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Whatever true love is, I have come to see it as an often elusive and yet longed for and sought after entity, one that far too often is reduced to a fleeting emotion, or some material gift given to convey love's sentiment.

The Glamor of Harriet Tubman, Deep to The Roots

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I was never more certain of the need for us as black men to celebrate, uplift and embrace the beauty of black women who gave most of us life, who have borne our children, whom we call mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and in whose likeness we also are made.

Is It A Crime To Recline Your Airplane Seat?

Oneika Raymond | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

Air travel sucks these days. It's expensive, service is increasingly poor, and the perks are few and far between. As such, few topics in travel elic...

I'm So Chicago, I Remember When...

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

By John W. Fountain Chicago's skyline (John W. Fountain, PHOTO) I'm so Chicago that I remember a time when we were a community. A time before crack...

Learning from HBCUs to Increase Mentorship and Representation of Black Women at PWIs

Dr. Adriel A. Hilton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Adriel A. Hilton

This post is co-authored with Megan Covington, a master's student in Higher Education Student Affairs at Western Carolina University Ways to recruit...

Dear Daughter: Lessons From a Loving Father

John W. Fountain | Posted 01.31.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain with his daughter Imani, just hours after her birth. By John W. Fountain These are a few lessons on life written to my daughter. Som...

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

Letters to the Editor, From the Daughter of a Slave

TueNight | Posted 01.28.2016 | Black Voices

Recovery. That's my battle cry. That's my great-grandmother realigned in me, warring against sins -- the untold story, the ancestor lost to time -- that break my heart.

PTSD: On Trying to Drive and Breathe While Black

j.n. salters | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

It doesn't take going to Iran or Afghanistan to experience severe trauma or life-threatening events. Our own streets and sidewalks are battlegrounds, but unlike war vets, many of us never get to leave.

This Is What Mental Illness Looks Like

Alexandria Montgomery | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Alexandria Montgomery

I am 26 years old, and I currently live at home. I flunked out of university my freshman year as a basketball player on a partial scholarship, and I w...

From Intern To Award Winning CEO, Teneshia J. Warner Shares Her Tips For Dreamers Ready To Take It To The Next Level

Tiana Patrice | Posted 01.31.2016 | Business
Tiana Patrice

Recently I had the opportunity to chat with CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Egami Group, Teneshia J. Warner, about what it really takes to follow on...

Sage Steele Opens Up About Being A Biracial Woman In Sports Media

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 01.21.2016 | Sports

Picture the scene: It’s a sweaty, crowded NFL locker room a handful of miles from the heart of Baltimore, a little over a decade ago. There&rsq...