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Minnesota: The Land of 10K White Liberal Battle Cries and Minority Misnomers

Javonté Anyabwelé | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Javonté Anyabwelé

Minnesota has long dealt with race in the most offensive way possible: paint everyone white by making the misnomer of "I don't see color" the unofficial state motto; tell everyone how lucky they are to live in a place where colorblindness runs deep.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of All Children in America and the World

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.

You Matter. Choose Love.

Sister Jenna | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Sister Jenna

The word, "Love" has been used so much that often its power is diluted. We use it as the right thing to say in a speech or the right weapon to use when you want someone to submit to us. Perhaps the real power in the word is that Love is so large. Which might lead us to question, "Why do I play so small?" Love is large and it has the capacity to remove any limitation of race, creed, religion, or language.

Drake: The Rapper We Deserve, But Not the Rapper We Need

Alexander Williams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices
Alexander Williams

This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.

Black Gay Men Will End AIDS in Their Community

Ace Robinson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

The majority of the statistics that are/were reality for Black gay men are out of their direct control. We have minimal impact on the environment in which we are raised and the types of prejudice we face during an interview or in the Board Room. But today, one of those predicted hurdles that must be continually overcome can be crossed off the list.

My Untold Story

Brittney Grimes | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Brittney Grimes

Beauty is something that must come from within. It emanates from inside of you and shines like gold. There is nothing more beautiful and glorious than someone with a wonderful spirit and soul. It is unfortunate in this day and time that little black children are still unconsciously misled to believe they are less beautiful than others.

It's Way Past Time for America to Face These Ugly Truths

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The nation's oldest colleges depended on direct and indirect wealth from slavery and the slave trade. Slaves helped build many university buildings including some at Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia.

Black Platforms Matter: A Conversation With Combat Jack

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Shanita Hubbard

Thanks in part to the power of the Internet, podcast with Black host are growing each year. Recently I spoke to the brilliant and witty Reggie Ossé (aka Combat Jack) about this subject.

Embracing the Democratic Legacy on Education by Expanding Parent Choice

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

President Obama's legacy of expanding educational opportunity and parental choice has been game-changing for children throughout our country, and in p...

Poet Describes The Frightening 'Adrenaline Rush' That Comes With Being Black

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"It must be nice to feel so safe you have to invent new ways to put yourself in danger," That's how Rudy Fransisco describes the frustration of being ...

Dusty Baker and the Plight of the Minority Coach in Baseball

Julian McWilliams | Posted 11.18.2015 | Sports
Julian McWilliams

This isn't a knock against Baker, no indeed. In fact, Baker is overqualified to even be in this particular discussion. But despite Major League Baseball preaching the "gospel of inclusion" with regards to hiring more minority candidates, the numbers tell a different story.

Revising The Undemocratic 'Map Of Shame'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation has a vital stake in the well-being of its children. But all these efforts to subvert the democratic process continue and we must fight to stop them in every form.

Suicide and Substance Abuse Among Middle-Aged White People: An Alarming and Growing Epidemic

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Elwood D. Watson

Surprises and white privilege aside, the fact is that white, middle-aged suicide/mid-life crisis is an alarming problem that must be given serious attention. It is a growing epidemic that is, literally, resulting in deadly consequences for those affected by its powerful and merciless grip.

Protecting the Clash of Ideas in Higher Education

John Thompson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
John Thompson

My first post on the New York Times Magazine's special issue, "Collegeland," explained how the rise of corporate power has shifted the balance in high...

An Open Letter To All Black Students At Predominately White Institutions

Brandon Patterson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

Since you have now completed Being Black At A PWI 101, this means that I am able to be frank with all of you. I am hoping that I can give to you the Black Student Handbook that your orientation leader was unable to offer you on that glorious hot summer day.

Apple Store In Australia Kick Out Black Teens, Face Racism Accusations

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.12.2015 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — Apple was facing accusations of racism in Australia on Thursday after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave a store in Me...

When Faced With 'All Lives Matter'

Keith Powell | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

I don't see police officers as the enemy. And let me also be clear: I am not a victim. I don't feel that the world owes me anything, and I know that I need to work hard and play nice in order to have a happy life. But why do I still get harassed by some police officers for no justifiable reason?

A Crisis of Leadership at MIZZOU: Why White Male Leaders Must Learn the Language of Inclusion

Vernā Myers | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices
Vernā Myers

The "Black Lives Matter" movement has become a wake-up call emboldening people of all backgrounds, especially young people, to stand up and say, "No more!" At this point in history, you can't be an effective leader unless you are culturally aware and inclusive.

Powered By AARP: Salute to Hidden Heroes | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices

Unpaid family members in the United States provide more than $470 billion worth of at-home care every year. Among these caregivers are the families of America's wounded warriors.

The "White Child" That Killed My Father

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.

Shuffle, Shuffle, Step, Step

Mehrsa Baradaran | Posted 11.10.2015 | College
Mehrsa Baradaran

He was a made-for-TV success story. Eventually Ellen DeGeneres magnanimously -- as is her way -- handed him a larger-than-life check for a $35,000 college scholarship. Thinking like the middle-class kid he aspired to be, he used the great majority of that money to pay down his existing student loans.

World Exclusive - Dr. 'Young Lōc' Ben Carson REMIX Campaign Ad Feat. 'MC Candy' (AUDIO)

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Morris W. O'Kelly

Fresh off her rousing, soulful performance of the Star-Spangled Banner; MC Candy drops the lyrics on the remix to the Dr. Ben Carson 'rap' campaign ad. Produced by Mr. Mo'Kelly.

Helping Children Cope With Crisis

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Children desperately need adults to help them process and cope within the violent and uncertain world we have created for them. They also need to see adults working with and for them to create a better, safer nation and world for tomorrow

Grime and Open Data: A Match Made in London

Jack Hardinges | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jack Hardinges

Through a Vice documentary last year, grime artist JME asked for transparency to be brought to something that affects both his livelihood and his way of life: performing music. Without realizing it, he may well have been talking about a need for open data.

If You Know the Words, Feel Free

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

I got to kick it with Baltimore, Maryland native, photographer, filmmaker, storyteller Artemus Jenkins. I was first introduced to Artemus' work when I saw the feature length documentary Color Outside the Lines, a documentary he directed that gives voice to the stories of Black tattoo artist.