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America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

Dear Misty Copeland.... Thank You

Tiana Patrice | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Tiana Patrice

You don't know me, and perhaps you never will, but I want to say Thank You. Thank You for giving my daughter and the daughters of this world something to look forward too.

Black on Gay Hate Has to Stop: Gay Lives Matter Too

Dr. Warrick Stewart | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Warrick Stewart

As a gay man, I have experienced a great deal of difficulties assimilating and finding my way in this supposed land of the free. Black gay males often find themselves struggling to cope with multiple oppressions.

Introducing "Torrey Berry" - One of Many Struggling Subway Musicians

S. L. Young | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

It's late on a Friday afternoon with lots of people rushing around at the beginning of their weekend and I was one of them too ... until I heard the delightful sounds of music coming from a singer who caused me to quickly stop and pay attention.

Black Folks, Let's Talk About Homophobia

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jacob Hood

Is it really possible for such a historically marginalized group to harbor such hatred? With all the tireless social activism efforts spearheaded by the black community, it is easy to forget about this skeleton in the closet.

Fighting San Francisco's Hidden Inequality: The Distribution of HIV/AIDS Resources

Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield

One day I hope to see more programs like those that have made San Francisco a success in the fight against HIV/AIDS go beyond the city's borders and provide hope for those who need it most -- not just those wealthy enough to reside in the city limits.

It's Impossible to Lie About Your Race

Ann Morning | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Ann Morning

There's an important question being left out of the furor over charges that Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the NAACP's Spokane chapter, has been "lying" about her race: How can you lie about something that doesn't have any objective truth to it in the first place?

Education Policy Lessons From the Confederate Flag Debate

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Marcus Bright

The controversy surrounding the prominent display of the confederate flag and other relics of the confederacy has accelerated enormously in the wake of the mass murder of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a racially motivated terrorist.

When We Fully Claim Black Lives Matter, We Move Closer to All Lives Matter

John A. Powell | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

All lives should matter but in this America, we are constantly reminded that blacks lives have not mattered as much as whites lives. And by proclaiming our target of fully embracing that black lives matter, we come closer to our aspirations of a society where all lives matter.

MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

While the country watches the contentious debate over whether the Confederate flag will be removed from some state capitol buildings, a statue of Mart...

Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices

The In The Life Archive (ITLA) at the Schomburg Center for Black Cultural Research in New York is bridging the gap between the LGBTQ and black communi...

Is Charleston A Turning Point For America On Race?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Expect more of that from Democrats, and more talk from some in the GOP of racial matters as presidential campaign 2016 heats up. The Charleston memorial services may have marked the turning point for that.

President Obama Leads the Nation in "Amazing Grace"

Alan Singer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Whether you are religious or not, I think all Americans should learn from the story of John Newton, share President Obama's songful prayer, and work to combat racial oppression and hatred.

The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Unequal health care continues to be a serious problem for black Americans. More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark rep...

Bree Took A Stand. Will You?

Jennifer Farmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Jennifer Farmer

Newsome's action was a reminder to abandon the comfort and relative safety of insipid discontent. If we want more, we have to demand more.

Raw and Exposed: Deep Inside a Black Porn Model, Part One

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Typically, the vast majority enter the sex trade in their teens through late twenties. However, this first in a raw and candid three-part series explores why a man of a certain age became a porn actor/model when he was nearly 40--and his career in that industry.

A Few Confederate Flags Down, But Thousands of Trappings Remain

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

No portrait in any house had ever shocked me more. I recently drove through Mississippi, and stopped in a town known for its extensive pre-Civil War architecture.

Why Do Men Fear the Doctor

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Breedlove

My father is 72 years old and he hasn't been to the doctor in almost 40 years. And now that he's older I worry about his health even more. When I appr...

Dylann Storm Roof, the Confederate Flag and Contemporary Racism

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

While the nation has made considerable strides, the fact is that racism is still a potent adversarial force in the lives of far too many Black Americans. This is evident in chronically unemployment rates in many Black (and Brown) communities. Obscenely high incarceration among Black men.

To Be Black and Southern

Amanda Bennett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Bennett

As long as the South cultivates an environment that equates "Southern pride" with violent racism and exclusionary practices, individuals like Roof will continue to possess a toxic sense of their own supremacy and convince themselves that they have the right to take more black lives.

Beyond the Charleston 9: A Call to Honor Our Community Leaders More

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Right now there is a young black leader in our neighborhood that embodies their spirit -- let's encourage that before it's too late.

Explaining White Supremacy to 'Innocent' White People

Jared Loggins | Posted 06.19.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

White supremacy doesn't exist on its own. It is constructed. It has an origin and it will have a death. But it does not exist as this big vast structure without a captain at the helm.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

The Long and Proud History of Charleston's AME Church

Manisha Sinha | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Manisha Sinha

Established by Reverend Richard Allen, a former slave and Methodist preacher, the A.M.E. is the oldest black denomination in the country. Its roots lie in one of the first black religious and mutual help societies, the Free African Society founded by Philadelphia blacks in 1787.

A Quick Note on Transracial vs. Transgender

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

The only thing transracial and transgender have in common is their prefix.