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Healing From Depression With the Use of Mindfulness Behavior

Minaa B | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

A life of healing can exist after depression, and self-harm. You must first be patient with yourself, trust yourself, and silence the parts of yourself that try to persuade you to think less of yourself.

Question William Lynch... Does Black Lives Really Matter?

M/R Johnson | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
M/R Johnson

The question one should ponder is how can any cultural or race express their concerns when it appears that no one, or at least society, does not care about the civil rights of its people.

Nickelodeon's Kel Mitchell Shares 5 Memories That Will Give You '90s Nostalgia

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments...

Can Mentoring Be a Game Changer for DC Public Schools?

Joe Echevarria | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Joe Echevarria

In Washington, DC, school administrators are laying the groundwork for a bold new initiative to close the achievement gap for boys of color. Through the Empowering Males of Color initiative, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson have committed $20 million over the next three years.

How I Became a Medical Detective

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 09.07.2015 | Black Voices
Nika C. Beamon

Medical Detective I was dying and no one, including my cavalcade of doctors, seemed to be able to stop the process. Year after year, I watched helple...

Bishop Tutu's Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?

Black Lives Matter Movement is Shedding Light on Issues Long Overlooked or Ignored By Mainstream Society

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Whatever flaws it has (the same can be said about any and all grassroots movements), the fact is that Black Lives Matter activists have expressed their message plain, bold and clear without apology.

These '100 Black Men' Are Changing Their Community For The Better

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices

100 Black Men of New Jersey is a group of black male volunteers dedicated to "improving the quality of life" of black members of their local comm...

What the Wiz Khalifa Hoverboard Incident Says About Being Black in America

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

According to Wiz Khalifa, LAX authorities temporarily detained him Saturday because of the his cutting-edge technology. In a society where police stop people for "walking while black," "running while black," and "driving while black," the chart-topping rapper is the first documented case of someone who was detained for "hovering while black."

These Photos Capture The Spirit Of New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices

It's been a slow recovery since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, but residents are hopeful that the city is returning to it...

Wise Lessons in Servant-Leadership from Howard University's President

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, Howard University's president Dr. Wayne Frederick is carrying on the tradition of inspiring college leadership set by Dr. Johnson, by our beloved Morehouse College president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many civil rights activists in my generation.

A Violent Tale of Two Cities

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Baltimore and the District of Columbia are alike in that they want answers and a greatly reduced violent crime rate. What is clear is that a one size fits all approach will not work to stop the increased violent crime in both cities.

Apparently Going to the Beach Is Now a Crime in Rio. Driving With 14 DUI Tickets Is Not

Thiago de Araújo | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Thiago de Araújo

There is no such thing as presumption of innocence if you are a poor, black Brazilian who wants to go to the beach in a part of the city "where you are not supposed to be."

When You Realize What Matters Most

Jonathan Martin | Posted 08.27.2015 | Sports
Jonathan Martin

One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.

Raw and Exposed: Deep Inside a Black Porn Model, Part Three

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

" I have a brand that I can independently market to make a profit. It has enabled me to build a highly-supportive fan base, and to reach a wider audience to promote whatever. It's built my self-confidence, and has opened my mind to other experiences."

From Cotton Fields to CEO: How a Boy From the Mississippi Delta Learned How to Say It All

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices
Carol J. Carter

Life may have taken him all over the world but Taulbert still harkens back to the boy in Glen Allan, Mississippi whose life was defined by cotton season and waking at dawn to pursue his education. Though he is retired, he finds it hard to stop moving, striving and hoping for more.

How Former NFL Running Back Tim Worley Found His Most Impactful Game

Tajci Cameron | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I listen to Tim as he speaks about these experiences during his NFL career and I can't help but feel compassion and a sense of sadness. This is not just Tim's story, it's been repeated over and over in the media.

3 Ways to Empower Our Black Girls This School Year

Nancy Laws | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

Teach them to understand their gifts, and to use them wisely. Each and every one of us, has been blessed with gifts, or what you may know as talents. Often times, our children do not know how to hone in on their gifts, in order to use them effectively.

20 Festival-Goers On What AFROPUNK Means To Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices

Enormous crowds of black hipsters, cool kids and trendsetters gathered in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York this weekend for the 2015 A...

Why No Justice for Jonathan Ferrell

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.22.2015 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unless we require extensive and ongoing racial bias and sensitivity training in all police departments throughout the U.S., we will continue to see more unarmed Jonathan Ferrells shot and killed by police. And we will see jurors siding with the police to acquit them.

Hilarious Black Dude Answers White People's Most Burning Questions

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

"Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask the one black friend that you know, but refrained because you didn't want to run the risk of...

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.

Barbara Lee Hosts Community Forum on Racial Justice

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

On August 18th, 2015 Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a community forum at Brookins AME Church in Oakland, CA to discuss policing, church shootings, and racist policies in America. Watch.

AFROPUNK Is More Than A Festival, It's A Part Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

AFROPUNK, the revolutionary black counterculture music festival, will celebrate its 10th year in New York City this weekend with -- if last year'...

'Katrina Truth' Site Details Neglect of Black New Orleans | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

More than 1,800 lives were lost and 600,000 people were left homeless. With the ten-year anniversary of the storm looming, now is an important opportunity to reflect on the ways New Orleans has changed since Katrina.