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Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The contrast between the haves and have-nots might be especially stark at that New York building, but millions of families across the country are finding themselves on the wrong side of the poor door.

Where Are the People of Color in Travel?

Tausha Cowan | Posted 04.24.2015 | Travel
Tausha Cowan

Yes, you still have the young Caucasian backpacker ready to take on the world, but you also have the young Asian backpacker, African-American backpacker, Latino backpacker and many other variations of what was once a single image.

Depression's Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

As one might imagine, if you're black, LGBTQ and depressed, you're stumbling around with an even heavier, crushing burden on your shoulders. Before we delve deeper into that, it behooves us to first examine depression among the black community as a whole.

White Reservation: The Justification of Breath and Those Who Take It Away

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

My day ended with news of a Michael Brown memorial tree being chopped down in less than a day of it being planted. Amidst the maelstrom and versions of justice, it's hard to breathe when even the process of photosynthesis is being interrupted.

The Problem With Black Women

Kim Lute | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters.

Tribeca All Access 2015: Giving a Cinematic Voice to the Underrepresented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

How to Teach Men of Color: Four Critical Conditions

J. Luke Wood | Posted 04.17.2015 | College
J. Luke Wood

As scholars of the male of color experience in college, we are often asked whether all faculty can effectively teach men of color. Most often, what is really being asked is whether White faculty can teach these men.

How Not to Compliment a Black Girl

Sophia Buchanan | Posted 04.17.2015 | Black Voices
Sophia Buchanan

The next time you want to compliment a black girl, compliment her like you would compliment any other human -- because that's all she is. Human.

Our Mother's Day Wish: Stop Killing Our Children

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

Among their requests is that the victims' cases be reviewed for civil rights violations, that the involved police departments undergo patterns and practices investigations, and that those found to be consistently in violation be subject to monitoring and necessary restructuring.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

America's Financial Divide: The Racial Breakdown of U.S. Wealth in Black and White

Antonio Moore | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Several evaluations of black and white wealth in America have surfaced over the past several months. Yet, these tools only tell part of the economic story. To truly understand the difference in economic access, you must look at the top of American wealth, and be honest about what you find.

5 Urgent Ways to Make Black Health Matter

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Fighting for black health progress is not mutually exclusive from the overall fight for making black lives matter. In fact, it might just be as pivotal to the overall movement as systematic equal opportunity and justice.

The Recovery That Left Black Women Behind

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

If nothing is done to address this disturbing development, just as Black men's unemployment finally dips into the single digits, Black women may very well eventually pierce the double digit unemployment mark themselves.

The Literary Journal That Empowers Young, Black, Women

Nancy Laws | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Nancy Laws

The Her Mind Rock Mission has always been to empower young black women to create their own definition of what it means to be young, black and female. What better way to do this than to allow them to express it through their art?

Easter: A Revolutionary Holiday

Marc Lamont Hill | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Marc Lamont Hill

Men and boys rocking pastel-colored suits and church mothers with huge, ornate hats proved that White supremacy had not stolen our joy or stripped our style. Easter Sunday was a sartorial testimony to the beauty and power of Black culture.

Mentoring College Men of Color: Three Strategies for Designing Successful Programs

J. Luke Wood | Posted 04.03.2015 | College
J. Luke Wood

Few (if any) could argue that they succeeded in their collegiate endeavors without receiving mentorship from others. With this in mind, we offer three recommendations for designing 'effective' mentoring programs.

Being Black While Unemployed

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Looking for a job can be devastating to your confidence. You begin to question everything. Is it my resume?! Is there too much or too little work history?! Did I not smile enough?! IS IT BECAUSE I'M BLACK IN A VERY WHITE, CONSERVATIVE TOWN?!

The Grass Is Greener Where?

Kemi Nekvapil | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Kemi Nekvapil

If you are feeling that the grass is greener over there, and perhaps a little dry and arid over here, here are some ways to start watering your own grass today.

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

Why the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign Is Misguided

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

I applaud Schultz for wanting to be socially conscious but that shouldn't include potentially forcing me to engage in a conversation of Starbucks' choosing. By doing so, the company is limiting my freedom of choice to discuss race when I want to, where I want to, and with whom I want to.

Creflo Dollar Exploits His College Park, GA Community in an Attempt to Get a Plane

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

With all due respect to Pastors Creflo and Taffi, instead of wasting community funds on frivolous expenses like a Gulfstream G650, maybe you should spend more time reaching out to the community in order to understand what they need, and how you can use your ministry to support them!

Is Dislocation a Permanent State?

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Diriye Osman

This feeling rendered me concussed recently whilst I was having drinks in Soho, London's predominantly gay district. I looked around at all the punters in the venue, an upscale cocktail bar playing acid-jazz laced with techno-lite, and realized that I was the only black man in this space.

How I Learned to Embrace the Future

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My future sometimes feels hazy and, like most people, I'm afraid of failure. I say no to potentially exciting new ventures more often than not. But this is changing. I'm teaching the small, scared animal within to emerge from its burrow and greet the sun.

Lessons in Self-Care

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Even though my book was doing well and I was experiencing new heights in my career, I was confused about why I felt so stuck -- why new ideas for fiction no longer flowed as easily as they had done before. I felt like a hamster in a wheel, and this is why I started reconsidering my priorities.