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Guns Make Anger and Despair Lethal

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

These new measures will not prevent every shooting that snuffs out the lives of nearly seven children to gun violence daily, but they will save many lives and help staunch the relentless plague of gun violence that terrorizes our nation's homes, schools and communities.

An Open Letter to Black African Immigrants

Nadege Seppou | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices
Nadege Seppou

People will hold stereotypes about you. Some might ask if you've lived on trees and or jungles and others won't even ask, they'll assume you did. Others will think your entire existence has been defined by hunger and poverty. In case you haven't noticed you sound different, you do.

The Everyday Racism I Face As A Black Woman In Germany

Lisa Tracy Michalik | Posted 01.06.2016 | Black Voices
Lisa Tracy Michalik

Without asking permission, strangers touch my afro and seem surprised when I don't welcome the behavior. I receive compliments on how beautiful my skin tone is, because it's not too dark. These are not compliments, this is a form of racism.

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

Celebrating Our Right to Marry While Acknowledging the Psychological Scars

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

I'm confused. Am I okay with no longer having the dream of being married and having a family because I gave up a part of my soul in order to survive? Is there a small part inside of me so deeply hidden that hasn't completely rejected the message I was given as a young gay man? The message saying: "You're a fag. And fags don't have families, children or happy endings"?

Whither America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment?

Here's What We Want White America To Know About Race

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices

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Maybe My Son Will Be White

Mica McGriggs | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Mica McGriggs

I want my Black children have the safety and security of their White peers. I want white-supremacy overthrown and this nation to see a revolution that liberates Black and brown bodies. I want to hold on to the dream of my Black children.

Racial Injustice; Is America ignoring the truth?

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices
20 Beautiful Women

The reality of the situation is: unfairness and injustice to one affects all. A race of people who have suffered through injustices throughout history will soon get tired and fed up. When this happens there will not be any rest for anyone.

A Christmas Prayer

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This holy season as Christians honor and celebrate the birth of the world's most famous poor baby born in a manger, I hope we all will pause to remember the 15.5 million invisible poor babies and children in our rich country who need our help to survive and thrive and reach their God-given potential.

To Donald Trump, From 'A Black'

Evan de Lara | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices
Evan de Lara

Never did a person say that Nixon ruined every other white man's chance at presidency, because white people are defined by characteristics other than their race. When you look at President Obama, when you look at people like me, Mr. Trump, do you only see a black face?

Speaking Truth To Power

Jade Greear | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices
Jade Greear

There does seem to be at least one common denominator when it comes to speaking truth in the name of advancing power and that is courage. The courage to stand upon one's own convictions, the courage to throw conviction out the window for personal or political expediency.

Shades of Gray

Marceline Fleurilus | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices
Marceline Fleurilus

A good friend, a doctor, was recently on trial. When he asked if I would come to show support, I asked if he thought it would help. He said, "I believ...

The Best Films 2015

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year. They've entertained us. Made us laugh, feel courageous, scared, romantic and ...

'Silent Night, Holy Night': The Gift of the Luminous Darkness

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

As we celebrate this season of Advent and Christmas, with great joy and rejoicing, I cannot help but think about the hardship and trouble, heartache and pain, so many people, families and communities are experiencing in our world. In reflecting on the birth of Jesus, and the signs and wonders of the season, I cannot help but wonder as well about our penchant as humans to dehumanize one another.

Why Are Children Less Valuable Than Guns in America? It's Time to Protect Children Not Guns

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Three years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where a lone 20-year-old gunman wielding an assault weapon snuffed out 26 child and teacher lives, our nation has done shamefully little to protect children instead of guns.

Donald Trump Should Visit the America I Know

David Rivera | Posted 12.17.2015 | Latino Voices
David Rivera

"The Donald" while famously rich is exceedingly poor in knowledge, compassion, and respect for American values. It is as though he is trapped in some bygone era or simply "didn't get the memo."

Black Women Are Invisible in France. What Will That Mean For My Son?

Diariatou Kebe | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Diariatou Kebe

It is time for us black women to reclaim the narrative around our experiences, to propose and impose our own spaces.

Justice Scalia's Message to Black Children

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

I received this excellent piece from one of my colleagues at Success Academy. I am proud to work with her and the thousands of others who fight to pro...

"These White Gay Guys Are Coming to Take All Our Jobs." Workplace Discrimination in the Mayor's Office

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:

Serena Williams Takes On Body-Shaming Haters In Powerful Speech

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 12.16.2015 | Sports

Speaking at the Sports Illustrated "Sportsperson of the Year" ceremony held in her honor on Tuesday night, Serena Williams addressed the bo...

Spectacular Holiday Decor in Los Angeles Townhouse

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Style
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The collection on display represented all manner of iconic holiday images -- most with an African-American theme with American patriotic accents -- punctuating spaces around the room. President Obama was even represented on a glass tree ornament on a small tree.

The Impact of the New Star Wars for the Black Community

Dallas Rico | Posted 12.15.2015 | Black Voices
Dallas Rico

Star Wars is a big deal for a lot of people, myself included. Its influence on American pop culture cannot be understated. A cultural icon like no other, Star Wars permeates all forms of media from TV shows to comic books. Never before has there been a major black character to champion the franchise. Until now.

Art Review: "Kenya Eats a (Big) Cracker"

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.15.2015 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Installed in a partially finished white box room with one wall of exposed and distressed brick, the sculptures did indeed invoke the simplicity, seriality and materiality of conventional minimalist art. Then, Kenya arrived.

Putting on For Oakland: The Positive Impact of Black Rage

Charles Cole III | Posted 12.14.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

So the next time someone tells you how much they love this city ask them if they REALLY put on the for The Town. Our people are out here dying. If we aren't adding value, then we are part of the problem. These streets are a zero sum game. There is no sideline.