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Sheriff, Not Police, To Investigate Tamir Rice Shooting

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 01.02.2015 | Crime

The investigation of a Cleveland police officer's deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun is being handed over to a county sheriff'...

Prayers For Our Children For The New Year

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.

Creating Yourself with Words

Diriye Osman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

There's a renegade thrill to Vonnegut's wisdom. Going into the arts as a career can render you into fiscal dreck, but the act of producing art, particularly writing, will endow your interiority with a sense of plenitude, of satisfaction that is hard to replicate.

I Was Taught to Be Racist for My Own Protection

Lloyd Burnett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Black Voices
Lloyd Burnett

My parents were terrified that the same racism that they had endured would cause me the same tremendous pain and frustrating limitations as it had caused them. They wanted to protect me from the experiences of hate that they had lived.

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

How Critics Got the New 'Annie' Wrong

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

It is strange to expect a wish-fulfillment story like Annie (no matter which version) to offer trenchant commentary on anything, and especially unsettling when a critic born in the Jim Crow era decrees that actors of color must still deliver some specific "black angle" in 2014.

Trouble in Paradise

Michaela Haas | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Michaela Haas

Ven. Dr. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She just returned from South India where she established the first nunnery for "Untouchables," and she told me about the urgent need for support for girls and women.

Leadership in the Age of Micro-Egoism

Rashawn Davis | Posted 12.19.2014 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

I am not interested in using the unfortunate deaths of my black and brown sisters and brothers as a platform to advance myself or my "brand," rather I am much more interested in how I can lead from behind.

Why Rants on Sharpton, NAN and the #JusticeForAll March Are Immature, Insensitive and Irresponsible

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.19.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

I honor the enthusiasm, the tenacity, vigilance of all who have marched, took rubber bulletts, made financial sacrifices, and found strength to go on anyhow. But as you assess where you are, and you find that this work is in your purpose, grab hold to your lane and stay in it with consistency and persistency.

Children Make Their Voices Heard At Protest

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices

Little activists made a big impact at the Justice For All March in Washington D.C. Saturday. Their voices came in loud and clear, raising awareness...

Grieving Mothers: My Son Would Still Be Alive If He Were White

Kelly Chen | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice appeared together for the first time on CNN. In an interview with Anderson...

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy.

Ceremonies of Dark Men

Aja Beech | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts
Aja Beech

A. M. Weaver has devoted much of her working life to social awareness and activism through the arts. With her latest project, Ceremonies of Dark Men, she is taking participants on a journey through the American landscape through a lens not often enough explored.

Yes, Black Folks Do Travel: Oneika the Traveller in Bangkok, Thailand (VLOG)

Oneika Raymond | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

Inspired by the lack of melanin in the travel vlogs in my Youtube feed, as well as by my recently acquired selfie stick, I decided to vlog my weekend trip to Thailand.

Guidance to Help Struggling Students

S. L. Young | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

This story is about the power of choice, a dream, desire, and determination to not quit --- along with an ability to overcome, to persevere, and to excel after struggling academically for many years.

How to Start Over Without Regret

Mia Redrick | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Mia Redrick

We've all had to start over in some area of our lives like our career, marriage, business, education, diet, etc. It is so easy to revel in the disbelief of the disappointment that we forget the power of pursuing what is next on the horizon if we keep moving.

It is Time for a New Great Society

Marcus Bright | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

Like the movement for civil rights that preceded the passage of the Great Society legislation of the 1960s, there is a need for larger scale reforms to improve the overall well-being of our society.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 4

Dave Kreissman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Recently, several St. Louis Rams players protested the Ferguson non-indictment, pantomiming "hands up, don't shoot" as they came on the field. But in the '60s, the intersection of sports, politics and religion reached its zenith in the person of Muhammad Ali.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

Why Women Stay Stuck (And How to Get Unstuck)

Mia Redrick | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Mia Redrick

Nothing changes in our lives until we make a decision to move in a different direction. But how do we move when life paralyzes us by fear, anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed? What do we do to get unstuck? Here are eight reasons why we find ourselves "stuck" and how to get unstuck.

WATCH: Emotional Exchange Between Eric Garner's Stepfather And Protester

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

"Where we headed for? What's the future for me? What's the future for me? You know what I'm saying, for my child, for my son? What is his future?" ...

The Pulse of Change!

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

One of the greatest ways to bring healing is to tear down the walls. All our experiences are unique; however, we cannot discount the experiences of another. Now is the time to seek to understand. Now is the time to listen.

Texas Excited About Drug Policy Reform

Joy Strickland | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Joy Strickland

It's been a long time coming, but finally some of the national interest and enthusiasm for drug policy reform is beginning to trickle down to Texas.

Stop Meaningless Debates and Learn From Schools That Work

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

There are good public district schools and not-so-good district schools; good charter schools and not-so-good charters. The challenge is to learn from...