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Netanyahu's Holocaust Revisionism and the Racism Overtaking Israel

David A. Love | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
David A. Love

In order to effectively oppress a people, it is necessary to create the "other," to paint, with broad brush strokes, a group of people as the source of your problems -- as the foreigner and not like us, as a criminal element, as inferior, or the moniker of one's choosing.

Marco Rubio and the Virtues of Government Cheese

Terry Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Terry Smith

For someone who has spent most of his adult working life on a government payroll, Marco Rubio has certainly learned how to denigrate government.

Spike Lee, You Should Have Done the Right Thing With 'Chiraq

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

"The trailer for 'Chiraq,' in all its glitz and shock value, is arousing - but the premise of this film isn't." You make this a black-on-black trauma without taking into consideration external systemic factors. And to top it off, you place women of color as the barriers to these men's burdens. That's not original, that's just plain pathetic.

Discrimination -- Stop it

D'Arcy Brishon Carter | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices
D'Arcy Brishon Carter

Racial tension was the furthest thing from my mind two years ago. Now I think about it each day. It's on my mind when I think about the glorious moment that I bring a child of my own into this world. It's on my mind when I think of the possibility of finding love with a man outside of my race and experiencing hate because of it.

After 19-year Probe, Feds KO Complaint Against NYC's All-girls School

Michael Meyers | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Michael Meyers

It only took 19 years -- for the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to approve as legal East Harlem's Young Women's Leadership School (YWLS) which began in 1996 as a middle school for girls and which is now a middle and senior high school.

Spring Valley High School: A Teachable Moment

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Pamela A. Lewis

I like to believe that I have a very strong imagination. But the video clip of deputy sheriff Ben Fields throwing a female African-American student across a classroom in Spring Valley High School in South Carolina several days ago pushed my imaginative capacities to the breaking point.

A Black Gay Man's Journey to Self Acceptance

Nhojj | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices

I am a gay man. I proclaim it for all who couldn't proclaim it. I proclaim it for all who can't yet proclaim it. I proclaim it because it is part of who I am, and like being a man and being black, it is something to celebrate and be proud of.

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

The 8th Pan African Congress Faces New Age of Struggles and Triumphs

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The Pan African Congress has solidified Black solidarity worldwide fighting for racial equality, human rights, access to a quality education and economic upward mobility. Within these struggles globalized support has emerged providing additional resources and backing.

Voter ID Laws and the Ghosts of Jim Crow

Terry Smith | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Terry Smith

The basic contours of the public discourse on voter ID laws are fairly clear. In-person voting fraud is rare. As Judge Richard Posner has concluded, restrictive voter ID laws are mainly the product of Republican legislatures targeting Democratic-leaning constituencies.

Representing Black Beauty in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Anique Y.M. Hameed | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
Anique Y.M. Hameed

It is a gift to now be able to look in the mirror with gratitude, in love with the color and curves of my ancestral mothers being reflected back to me.

We Are Not The Same: Race and the Internet

Keith Powell | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

There were moments of disagreements between some, and those disagreement always seemed to ignore the opposing side's history in order to justify their own. This led me to think about how we have come upon a critical divide in this country. And I blame the internet.

This Gay Stand Up Comic Reveals The Incredible Homophobia He's Faced

Sampson McCormick | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Sampson McCormick

Funny is funny, and for a long time, funny has existed in the gay, women, disabled and other minority stand-up that's often overlooked, simply because we're seen as either niche or unmarketable.

The Black Dad That You Don't Think Exists

Dominique Matti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

The black dad that you don't think exists is nurturing. He is soft. He is kind. Gentle. Thoughtful. Hardworking. Dedicated. Creative. Sleep-deprived. Caring. Devoted. Well-informed. Present. The black dad that you don't think exists does. And he is not an anomaly.

Recalling a Time When Congressional Bipartisanship Worked for Young Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A plethora of child care legislation has been passed over the past four decades but programs are still available to only a fraction of the children who need them. The quality of care provided to our children in their early years remains very inadequate, especially for the poorest children.

What's the Place of Women in the Boys and Men of Color Conversation?

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

With respect to programs serving boys and men of color, our perspective of collective inclusion does not negate the importance of exposing our youth to mentors, tutors, and role models who are males of color or men in general. However, doing so should not inhibit women from leading.

A Mile In Our Shoes: Helping At-Risk Youth Find An Alternative Path

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Gunshots and police sirens served as my alarm clock. I didn't think I would survive. I didn't think I would make it to 18. I was afraid I would end up just like my dad. Fortunately, my mother was there to provide the discipline I needed.

Teaching the Truth About America's History: Only the Truth Can Make Us Free

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Who is writing and influencing the history our children are taught? Should a few education officials in Texas or any state drive decisions about what all of our children learn or sugarcoat the truth?

Why #AllLivesMatter is Not a Solution to America's Race Problem

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 10.22.2015 | Black Voices
Kiara Imani Williams

Every time a political candidate is asked whether "Black lives matter," I cringe. Not because it's not a valid question, but because there are only two possible answers -- yes or no. In fact, it should be a very easy question to answer.

See the Seeds of Change Grown by One Bronx Woman

NationSwell | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact

This is one of six documentaries on American changemakers produced by NationSwell in partnership with NBCUniversal. Watch them all and vote for your...

Spotlight Gallery Presents CUBA! ...and its magic

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

The Spotlight Gallery at Wagner College hosts the exciting photographic exhibit, CUBA! ...and its magic this month. The small but picturesque gallery...

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

Raven-Symone and The Periodic Bufoonery of Some Black Celebrities

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Black celebrities are in a unique position in that they are often revered by both their own people and the greater society. They must be aware that their words and deeds will be heard and seen by the entire world.

A 'Very Black' Social Movement Is Encouraging A Dialogue Around Race

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices

These men are helping to shape the dialogue around what it means to be black with a bold new statement.  Photographer Justin Fulton, 28, and arti...

This Poet Nails Why 'All Lives Matter' Will Always Be A Horrible Argument

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices

"Just because I own slaves doesn't mean I'm racist." This is the first line from Anthony McPherson's poem "All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition," whic...