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Anniversaries of Zimmerman Verdict and Michael Brown's Death Recall Suffering and Resilience that Spans the U.S. and Canada

Oneka LaBennett | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices
Oneka LaBennett

If a 21-year-old Southern White man living in 21st Century America relied on age-old racist rhetoric to justify slaughtering innocent people, we should not be surprised that history continues to repeat itself along the agonizing road to full citizenship that contemporary Black people must traverse.

Study: Rich are Fitter, Poor are Fatter

Ashley Brown | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Ashley Brown

While cost is significant, structural barriers to fitness have an even greater impact on black women's health. The idea that anyone can just go outside for a run in their neighborhood makes a lot of assumptions about that neighborhood. People are less likely to take a nice evening stroll if there are no sidewalks or if they don't feel safe.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

From Problem Child to Model College Student: One First-Gen's Success Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.14.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

George is an example of someone who re-cast his life's vision, amounted to his purpose and developed the habits and skills to make his dreams reality.

Why I Am a White Liberal Who Supports Both Bernie Sanders and the Black Lives Matter Protestors

Ed Coffin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Ed Coffin

You know why ‪protestors addressed a crowd of liberals? Because that is exactly the crowd that needs to hear it. Their reaction proves exactly why this interruption was needed. Instead of criticizing, how about getting off your computer and helping us figure out how we change things?

Black Women are Not Simply Black #SayHerName

Rukayatu Tijani | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Rukayatu Tijani

Black women and girls are more than the weeping women who have stood by while society perpetually terrorizes the bodies of Black and Brown men. Our bodies have been profiled, beaten, assaulted, and killed by law enforcement. We too are victims of this struggle.

My Hair Is Not Your Concern

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

"Is that your hair?" This was not, by any means, the first time I had been asked this. I get it quite often. I always answer truthfully, although it always baffles me why people don't think of this as a rude question to ask someone.

Rihanna Queen of Crop Over

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Rihanna was the star of Crop Over, and she never disappoints. But it is not just Rihanna's costume or celebrity that makes her a star in my eyes. It's her love of life and her love of family and friends, her ability to live her life by her rules and no one else's that makes her a Caribbean Girl.

Fashion As Activism : The Jidenna Story

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Ingrid Vasquez

In a world where designer clothing reigns supreme and labels create hierarchy, Wonderland Records' newest addition, Jidenna, has reincarnated the meaning of what fashion is supposed to be -- a form of nonverbal expressionism.

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

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 08.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

In Part Two of "Raw and Exposed," Dawg thrusts us into the inner workings of the gay sex trade. "Fas-cinating," as the iconic Mr. Spock of "Star Trek" has uttered on more than a few occasions.

Helping Black Boys Survive: What A Difference A Smile Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.

The GOP's Ongoing Rendezvous With Racial Politics

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Elwood D. Watson

Trump embodies the spirit, values and message that have defined a sizeable segment of the Republican Party for more than half a century. It would only make sense that he is performing so well in the polls.

6 Times Black TV Shows Perfectly Portrayed Policing in America

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices

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

The Reason I Can't Have White Friends: Race Talk in America

Jeremey Johnson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Jeremey Johnson

I'm tired of having to explain to people why mouthing off to police shouldn't get me killed. I'm tired of having to try twice as hard to smile on the train so people aren't automatically afraid of me. I'm tired of being afraid of police officers as they drive past my house or walk by on the street.

My Encounter With a 'Non-Racist' in Fear of a Black Neighborhood

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Mandela's death should remind us that racism exists outside of institutions and seeps into our daily lives. Apartheid no longer stands as a law and yet it lives in so many people's minds. We have to pick up the fight from where Mandela left off.

34 Of Jesse Williams' Most Powerful Quotes, In Honor Of His Birthday

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices

Jesse Williams, actor and outspoken activist, turns 34 today! The "Grey's Anatomy" star has never been one to shy away from speaking out against the r...

When Black Business Matters #BLACKBIZSCOPE

Nancy Laws | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

It's a movement that I am proud to be a part of, and this fun interview with Christine St Vil, was exciting for me. As a woman, and black business owner, it is thrilling to see our community join together to allow black businesses to shine.

Freedom Summer Lunch Soldiers on, Despite Threats from Trolls

EBONY.com | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

In January of 1969, the Black Panther Party initiated the groundbreaking Free Breakfast for Children Program in San Francisco. The "Survival Program" flourished and spread nationwide, feeding thousands of hungry children and inspiring school lunch programs across the country.

It's A Slap In The Face When White Women Wear Black Hairstyles

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

The concept of cultural appropriation has become a frequent topic of conversation, but still, the fashion world continues to make the most painfu...

Bishop T.D. Jakes On The Black Church's Shifting Stance On The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices

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Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

Why I've Never Supported (The Hashtag) #BlackLivesMatter

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

In this generation, simply sending out a tweet with a trending hashtag is lazy, disingenuous and ill-conceived in generating momentum for a movement. A well-timed status update largely does nothing other than trick the person into believing he/she has done their part in the struggle.

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

j.n. salters | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.

These 8 Photos Show the Beauty of Being Young, Black, & Proud

Ursula Lauriston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Ursula Lauriston

Wouldn't it be great to celebrate black people, just for being black? Nothing is more positive than flipping the script. Where there is oppression, we will uplift. And where there is hate, we'll inject love.

Black Actor Lands Iconic Broadway Role In 'Les Miz' And Makes History

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, is the youngest and the first black actor to step into the iconic role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of...