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Hilarious Parody Answers The Burning Question, 'Was That Racist?'

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

The latest video from MTV News Decoded hilariously explores what goes on in one woman’s head as she tries to answer the ever-confusing question: "Wa...

Symbols of Hatred, Not Heritage

Brandi Hatter | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Brandi Hatter

For Dylan Roof and others who would kill in the name of white supremacy, the Confederate battle flag and monuments honoring KKK leaders are not symbols of heritage or history. They act as inspiration, even justification, for the spread of hate and unthinkable violence.

Fighting Fire

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

An angry white man is politician. He is a banker, a lawyer, a journalist, a president. He can carry gun. He can voice his opinions no matter how loud and is entitled to a microphone. The constitution was constructed for and by him. It his pulpit. No matter how hard Black voices try and compete they aren't even in the audience.

Why It's Time To Stop Apologizing For Bill Cosby

Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Aaron Barksdale

As a black man who had admired Cosby, I am dealing with complex and conflicted feelings of what Cosby once was and who he really is. There is no way to reconcile Cliff Huxtable with Bill Cosby.

My Open Letter to Donald Trump

Jade Greear | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Jade Greear

You say that black youth have "no spirit." When, may I ask, is the last time you sat down and chatted with a group of young black people, or any young people of color?

Getting Too Wrapped Up In Symbolic Gestures Diverts Attention From More Searing Issues Plaguing Many Black Communities

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

There are many pressing issues that require our immediate attention and will require a dedicated level of commitment. Making a substantial effort to combat such an unhealthy level of potentially destructive vices that plague our communities as opposed to unwittingly falling prey to embracing fleeting issues should be our primary ongoing and permanent goal.

How White People Can Prevent Attacks Like The Charleston Shooting

Buster Brown | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Buster Brown

In South Carolina or any other state, communities can help prevent hate crimes by acting as everyday safeguards against bigotry. We may not be able to enact gun control, but we can at least avoid slipping back into comfortable silence.

Why Tamron Hall Isn't Ready To Cover Her Sister's Death On 'Deadline: Crime'

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

Tamron Hall, an MSNBC anchor and host of Investigation Discovery’s "Deadline: Crime," told HuffPost Live on Monday that she isn’t ready to cover h...

3 Ways Misty Copeland Impacted Our Lives

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

Watching Misty get filled up with emotion about her promotion at her press conference brought tears to my own eyes. I replayed the joy of her accomplishment in my own heart and head all week. All I could think about is that her spirit of perseverance is what I desire for everyone to have to towards their goals and dreams, including my own.

Priscilla Frank

Unseen Photos Of The Civil Rights Movement Are As Relevant Now As Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

"What happened in the Misisssippi Delta was profoundly significant because it was a view of human potential that people still don't see when t...

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.