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Trying to Explain Black Lives Matter

William Spriggs | Posted 07.25.2016 | Black Voices
William Spriggs

The report makes clear that some lives do matter. Because it shows the level of detail involved in complex matters that can take place. Yes, HSBC employee lives matter. Yes, British citizens lives matter. But, obviously, it can't be that Black Lives Matter when comparing treatment of the powerful.

Jermaine Dupri Doesn't Like Being Called A Legend

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices

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R.L. Norman: The Old School Romantic, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 07.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"You have to believe in yourself in order to succeed. If you don't, no one else will." Sounds simple, eh? Then why is it that too many of us find it so difficult to do?

'What About Black-on-Black Crime?' What About Pink Polka Dotted Unicorns?

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

To the misguided folks, who use legalized murder of black men as an opportunity to publicly chastise the black community, shame on you! Valid concerns or not, the timing of your crusade will never be appropriate.

I Am A White Woman And I'm Afraid For My Black Boyfriend

Victoria Yore | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Victoria Yore

I am a white woman and I don't know what to do or say. I can only strive to be compassionate, loving, understanding, informed, and slow to judge. I refuse to stand down and be quiet.

The Economic Aspect Of Recent Tragedies Cannot Be Overlooked

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

In many ways, the economic status of minority communities is inextricably linked to the plight of Blacks and Hispanics in the criminal justice system.

Black Queer Woman's Play Reveals Global Biases In Criminal Justice

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 07.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Yearwood's tale spotlights the ways that intersectional race, gender, and sexual biases occur globally in criminal justice at the same time that it helps to highlight inequitable treatment of gender non-conforming prisoners at home.

Calculating Justice

Gayle S. Rose | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Gayle S. Rose

Ms. Rowe has captured what African Americans are fighting for in this country; our complacency, our unjust systems of power and privilege, and our lack of investment in those who need it most. The formula has given us the intended result. There is no mystery here.

To The Conglomerate And Black Lives Matter Movement

M/R Johnson | Posted 07.15.2016 | Black Voices
M/R Johnson

To Whom it may concern; I write to you as a mother, a grandmother and women of color representing a chosen generation of people who needs to set...

Good Cop Bad Cop: Why America Needs A Lesson In Nuance

Sarah Thomas | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Sarah Thomas

It is a logical mistake to conclude that you are all "bad cops." We desperately need to hear the voices of the "good cops."

#BlackLivesMatter

Matt Hearnden | Posted 07.15.2016 | Black Voices
Matt Hearnden

I'm a wholehearted supporter of #blacklivesmatter and I will be until I die. Anything less means I wouldn't be doing my duty as a human being.

The Temporality Of Blackness

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Zachariah Ezer

Blackness, at least for me, is something that is only felt in moments. The moment when I'm with friends, rapping along to Kendrick, and they look at m...

Born This Way: 10 American Women Share Views on Race, Acceptance and Moving On

Raquel Eatmon | Posted 07.14.2016 | Women
Raquel Eatmon

I'm not ashamed of who I am...now. But there surely was a time when I lacked confidence in toting my blackness. There was a time when being called the n-word left a stain on my esteem and childhood pride.

How To Practice Self-Care In Times Of Black Trauma

The Huffington Post | Choyce Miller | Posted 07.14.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Stop Saying Black People Are More Homophobic Than Others

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Ernest Owens

No, the black community isn't more grotesquely homophobic than every other racial group in America -- culture has just selectively exploited the problem.

The Expendable Value Of Black Life Is A Worldwide Issue

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

The loss of innocent black lives over the past few days is devastating and an atrocity. I pray that in the months and years to come we stay focused on...

When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot And Dying On TV

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

Kids are watching people, real people, die on their TV and computer screens. If not on cable news, then on YouTube, and no one can comfort them with the assurance that after the video ends the people they see will get up and go home laughing.

HuffPost Black Voices Presents: BARS

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.12.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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What Should We Teach Them Now?

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

Unless we teach in a way that remedies both black distrust and blue fear, we have little chance of realizing the America we are otherwise destined to become.

Don't Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile And Dallas - 39 Posts from Google, Beyonce, Clinton, Khalifa, Obama, Serena, Trump, Zuckerberg And More

Jessica Bolanos | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Jessica Bolanos

The world watched the public deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and multiple police officers in Dallas, Texas, LIVE on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and multiple other online networks.

Take A Walk In My Shoes

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

When I saw the breaking news that another African-American man was gunned down at POINT-BLANK range by a police officer, whom he and his partner was able to tackle this man down and restrain him, my reaction unfortunately... is blank.

Do We REALLY Need to Say Black Lives Matter?

Apryl Beverly | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Apryl Beverly

Lastly, and for the love of all things Holy, please don't hustle so hard that you're clueless about what's going on in the world. Your clients, prospects and followers all need you to step up and step out to do your part to change the world. Don't just show up to SELL, show up to SERVE.

We Need to Stand Up and Be the Village for Parents of Black Children.

Farrah Alexander | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Farrah Alexander

It's an uncomfortable truth, but it is the truth. There are many, many moms just like me who happened to be raising black children and they have much different and grave concerns for their children's future. I spoke to one mom, Ivy Sowell, who is a stay-at-home mom and entrepreneur working towards her own business. She and her husband, Eugene, have an adorable eight-month-old son named Dixon.