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The Passing of a Great Man

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
Ellen Cantarow

His beauty was alight with happiness, kindness, and humor -- sometimes irreverent, bawdy humor. Behind his glasses his eyes were full of welcome and cheerfulness. And that smile! You can see it in videos of his performances, but it was no mere stage smile. It expressed his joy in life.

All in the Family

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Kinship care has been found to help children maintain family, and oftentimes community, connections. There is strong evidence that children placed in kinship care experience greater stability, have fewer behavioral problems and are just as safe children in non-relative care.

A Letter to Baltimore

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

You have a right to feel angry, but I am asking you to channel your anger for change. Use your frustration as a force for transformation in Baltimore and in cities across the nation.

Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Michael Carosone

I urge all of my sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ Community to stand with the Black community.

Iconic John Harvard Statue Gives Voice to Students

Heidi Legg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
Heidi Legg

The iconic John Harvard statue by Daniel Chester French that sits soberly in Harvard Yard has been projected into the 21st century this week.

Michael Eric Dyson-Cornel West Squabble: Nothing New to See Here

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

As a historian, I can attest to the fact that dissent among the black intellectual elite is nothing new. Indeed, writers, politicians, community activists, entertainers, professors, ministers and others have publicly sparred with one another for centuries.

Young, Gifted and Black -- Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

Damien L. Sneed | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Damien L. Sneed

My heart was overflowing with joy and happiness to look out in the audience and see family members and close friends in attendance that evening to support my debut at Carnegie Hall. Yet at the same time, the moment was bittersweet.

Big Voices in Small Theater -- Part 2

Susie K Taylor | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts
Susie K Taylor

Small theater is one of the most welcoming places for fresh new voices. In this series I will begin to prove why.

Why the American Flag Is the Least of My Worries

Jared Loggins | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

If the American flag should be a metaphor and a symbol of anything, it should be of radical possibility -- where the black and brown citizens at the margins are central to America's care and concern, where calls for patriotic response is not the mask of those who refuse to admit the nation's terrible truths.

Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The contrast between the haves and have-nots might be especially stark at that New York building, but millions of families across the country are finding themselves on the wrong side of the poor door.

Where Are the People of Color in Travel?

Tausha Cowan | Posted 04.24.2015 | Travel
Tausha Cowan

Yes, you still have the young Caucasian backpacker ready to take on the world, but you also have the young Asian backpacker, African-American backpacker, Latino backpacker and many other variations of what was once a single image.

Depression's Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

As one might imagine, if you're black, LGBTQ and depressed, you're stumbling around with an even heavier, crushing burden on your shoulders. Before we delve deeper into that, it behooves us to first examine depression among the black community as a whole.

White Reservation: The Justification of Breath and Those Who Take It Away

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

My day ended with news of a Michael Brown memorial tree being chopped down in less than a day of it being planted. Amidst the maelstrom and versions of justice, it's hard to breathe when even the process of photosynthesis is being interrupted.

The Problem With Black Women

Kim Lute | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters.

Tribeca All Access 2015: Giving a Cinematic Voice to the Underrepresented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

How to Teach Men of Color: Four Critical Conditions

J. Luke Wood | Posted 04.17.2015 | College
J. Luke Wood

As scholars of the male of color experience in college, we are often asked whether all faculty can effectively teach men of color. Most often, what is really being asked is whether White faculty can teach these men.

How Not to Compliment a Black Girl

Sophia Buchanan | Posted 04.17.2015 | Black Voices
Sophia Buchanan

The next time you want to compliment a black girl, compliment her like you would compliment any other human -- because that's all she is. Human.

Our Mother's Day Wish: Stop Killing Our Children

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

Among their requests is that the victims' cases be reviewed for civil rights violations, that the involved police departments undergo patterns and practices investigations, and that those found to be consistently in violation be subject to monitoring and necessary restructuring.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

America's Financial Divide: The Racial Breakdown of U.S. Wealth in Black and White

Antonio Moore | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Several evaluations of black and white wealth in America have surfaced over the past several months. Yet, these tools only tell part of the economic story. To truly understand the difference in economic access, you must look at the top of American wealth, and be honest about what you find.

5 Urgent Ways to Make Black Health Matter

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Fighting for black health progress is not mutually exclusive from the overall fight for making black lives matter. In fact, it might just be as pivotal to the overall movement as systematic equal opportunity and justice.

The Recovery That Left Black Women Behind

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

If nothing is done to address this disturbing development, just as Black men's unemployment finally dips into the single digits, Black women may very well eventually pierce the double digit unemployment mark themselves.

The Literary Journal That Empowers Young, Black, Women

Nancy Laws | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Nancy Laws

The Her Mind Rock Mission has always been to empower young black women to create their own definition of what it means to be young, black and female. What better way to do this than to allow them to express it through their art?

Easter: A Revolutionary Holiday

Marc Lamont Hill | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Marc Lamont Hill

Men and boys rocking pastel-colored suits and church mothers with huge, ornate hats proved that White supremacy had not stolen our joy or stripped our style. Easter Sunday was a sartorial testimony to the beauty and power of Black culture.

Mentoring College Men of Color: Three Strategies for Designing Successful Programs

J. Luke Wood | Posted 04.03.2015 | College
J. Luke Wood

Few (if any) could argue that they succeeded in their collegiate endeavors without receiving mentorship from others. With this in mind, we offer three recommendations for designing 'effective' mentoring programs.