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Don't Make Our Most Vulnerable Children Wait Longer!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care and lingering in group care.

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile And Dallas - 39 Posts from Google, Beyonce, Clinton, Khalifa, Obama, Serena, Trump, Zuckerberg And More

Jessica Bolanos | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Jessica Bolanos

The world watched the public deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and multiple police officers in Dallas, Texas, LIVE on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and multiple other online networks.

Take A Walk In My Shoes

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

When I saw the breaking news that another African-American man was gunned down at POINT-BLANK range by a police officer, whom he and his partner was able to tackle this man down and restrain him, my reaction unfortunately... is blank.

Do We REALLY Need to Say Black Lives Matter?

Apryl Beverly | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Apryl Beverly

Lastly, and for the love of all things Holy, please don't hustle so hard that you're clueless about what's going on in the world. Your clients, prospects and followers all need you to step up and step out to do your part to change the world. Don't just show up to SELL, show up to SERVE.

We Need to Stand Up and Be the Village for Parents of Black Children.

Farrah Alexander | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Farrah Alexander

It's an uncomfortable truth, but it is the truth. There are many, many moms just like me who happened to be raising black children and they have much different and grave concerns for their children's future. I spoke to one mom, Ivy Sowell, who is a stay-at-home mom and entrepreneur working towards her own business. She and her husband, Eugene, have an adorable eight-month-old son named Dixon.

Duh...we know #AllLivesMatter but do #BlackLivesMatter?

Toni Thorne | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Toni Thorne

Upon seeing the senseless killings of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this past week in America, I was immediately angered and disgusted. Being a Caribbean  citizen, I did the only thing I thought I could do to aid in the fight against gun violence by American police officers against black people, in particular.

10 Things You Can Do In The Aftermath Of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights And Dallas

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Marcus Bright

The aftermath of the shootings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas has sparked nationwide outrage and a feeling of helplessness among many. Many people are asking what they can do now and how they can use all of this collective energy to force change.

'Letters For Black Lives' Shows Support To Black Lives In Every Language

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices

The time for a global conversation about Black Lives Matter is now. What began as a Google document on July 7, “Letters for Black Lives” has evolv...

To Some, I'm Just An Angry Black Man

Adam Constantine | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Adam Constantine

My name is Adam Constantine. I am a Christian, son, brother, friend, college graduate, former professional athlete, higher education professional and unique content creator. But if you pass me on the street, does that even matter? To some, I'm an angry black man looking for handouts and waiting to cause trouble.

Why Blacks and Whites Must Talk About Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas Police

Raquel Eatmon | Posted 07.11.2016 | Women
Raquel Eatmon

About an hour in, a 60-something-year-old man began an upbeat conversation about LeBron James. "I just don't know how he made it, he beat terrible odds, it's just incredible!" He said. Others cheerfully agreed. I did too, but I had some questions.

For Real, Black Dads Do Exist

Simone S. Gray | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Simone S. Gray

More and more black men, despite the struggles and oppositions that they face on a daily basis in America, are present and active in the precious lives of their children. I am fortunate enough to personally know some awesome dads.

Standing United For Equality, Standing United Against Hate

Ellyn Shook | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Ellyn Shook

After being in Europe the past two weeks for work, I'm returning home to the U.S. today deeply shaken and with a heavy heart.

"Black McDonald's" Has Been An Important Part Of My American Experience

Angela Dorn | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Angela Dorn

I got my first paying job at the "black McDonald's" in Clayton, Missouri. Everybody called it black McDonald's because almost all of the staff was black, even though Clayton was almost completely white. That McDonald's was a refuge; it was one of the few places where a black teenager could easily find work in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Why I Don't Call Other Black People The "N" Word

Towanda Bryant | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Towanda Bryant

I was taught, by my parents, that the "N" word is an ignorant person -- male or female, and of any race. And I accept that to be its definition. Even though I don't believe the word is interchangeably related to all Black people, I know I would not like someone calling me that word in a negative way.

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Matter To You

Percell Dugger | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Percell Dugger

When you say "All Lives Matter", especially to a black person, you're essentially saying the history and narrative of black people in this country, does not matter to you. You're saying that our feelings, with regards to the mistreatment and injustices against black people don't matter.

Who's Afraid Of The Big Black Male?

Tru Pettigrew | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Tru Pettigrew

America is sick and she's crying out for help. She is in desperate need of healing of an illness that has plagued her for far too long. I believe America's most notable ailments are greed, racism and fear; and they're all related. And they are all costing young black men their lives.

It's Open Season On Black Men... Again

Benjamin Evans III | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Benjamin Evans III

Dr. King's words remain vital even 60 years later. The fight today is much more than just about race. It's about who has the power. And the old guard is fighting tooth and nail to keep the power and keep things the way they are.

A Black Boy's Fear

Quassan Castro | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Get up. Dry your tiresome red eyes. Bow down on both knees. Say your prayer. Light your candle.

Dear Police, Black Communities Pay for Protection not Punishment

Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield

Anyone who has ever lived in New York City knows that summers can be brutally hot. With all of the concrete and apartment buildings where central A/C ...

R.L. Norman: The Old School Romantic, Part One

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 07.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"You have to believe in yourself in order to succeed. If you don't, no one else will." Sounds simple, eh? Then why is it that too many of us...

Invisible (Wo)man: How The Struggles Of Black Girls In School Go Unnoticed

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 07.06.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

Historically, women have always been the quiet strength of the African-American community, so hearing about large numbers of Black girls falling apart in schools is a troubling phenomenon that must not go unaddressed.

3 Things Every Black Man Should Take Away from Jesse Williams' BET Acceptance Speech

Brandon Patterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

As a black man watching Williams' speech, the emotion that I encountered first was that of shamefulness. I began to ask myself: Could I ever be that selfless?

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Baobab Flowers: Connecting Black Women Educators in São Paulo and Philadelphia

Kumera Genet | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I recently spoke with Gabriela Watson Aurazo about her upcoming film project Baobab Flowers.