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Driving Into the Past for Answers About My Father & Me

John W. Fountain | Posted 06.20.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Driving into Evergreen was like driving through a cloud of smoke into the past. The roads looked strangely familiar, as the events of 1979 seemed to come back to life. There was the police station uptown where Mama, my stepfather, Net, and I had gone to get a copy of the police report.

Sickle Cell Disease Isn't Laughable, But It Has a Comedic Ambassador --- Kier "Junior" Spates

S. L. Young | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

Kier "Junior" Spates is known for his ability to make audiences laugh on his comedy tour and his regular appearances on "The Steve Harvey Morning Show...

Inaction Cannot Be An Option

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Since 1963 more than 176,000 children have died from gun violence in America — over three times more than all the soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and every external conflict since. Our children have a right to grow up in a caring and decent society that protects their right to live and learn in safety.

A Reflection On Orlando: God's Love For Queer Lives

Ciarra | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices

It's 7:57pm and I lay in my bed. I told my mom I was feeling sick. And I am. I have been unable to move all day. The names of the Orlando shooting victims ring in my head, replaying ceaselessly, violently, haunting my every move. The result of my grief is catatonia.

Listen For Grace

Patrick D. Shaffer | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patrick D. Shaffer

It was 5:45AM. I awoke from a not so restful sleep and looked at my clock. Realizing what time it was I glanced at my phone to see that I had a messa...

Anthony Davis and the Repercussions of a Football Career

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.10.2016 | Sports
Robert Scheer

In this week's Scheer Intelligence podcast on KCRW, Robert Scheer speaks with former USC football player Anthony Davis about living with the brain injuries Davis sustained during his celebrated career.

The Crucial Need to Expand the Non-White Teacher Pipeline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Students of color constitute a majority in our schools but teachers of color constitute only 18 percent of their faculties.

The Answer is Muhammad Ali: Who Else?

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 06.10.2016 | Black Voices
Center for Community Change Action

When the question has come up over the years, "Who is your favorite athlete," the answer may be easier for me than for real aficionados. There is not much competition in my mind between rival athletes. It's him. Nobody else. You must know of whom I speak of, too. He died last week.

I'm Melba With The Good Hair

Melba Pearson | Posted 06.09.2016 | Black Voices
Melba Pearson

It is exhausting and stressful to match up to someone else's image of what beauty is. It is liberating when you're able to embrace what is truly yours. I'm Melba with the good, no, great hair. Pleased to meet you.

Da FUNction Event to Celebrate the Urban Gardening Movement with Local Residents

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 06.09.2016 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

What do you get when you take a neglected space, unused resources, and an inner city-community that has long been forgotten -- and offer a movie in th...

What Will You Do In Your Fifth Round?

Andrew Lee | Posted 06.09.2016 | Sports
Andrew Lee

Last weekend, I watched coverage of Muhammad Ali's death. Like many, I admired his tenacity, charisma, defiance and his ability to be true to himself....

Muhammad Ali: Black, Brash, Bold, Complex and Often Told It Like It Was!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Muhammad Ali was a controversial, charismatic, magnetic figure who managed to set the world on its heels. In some cases his very presence prompted controversy. He was a man who took people out of their comfort zones. He challenged the status quo. He said it as he saw it and he kept it real.

A Sublime Gem Across the Pond, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"I think all writers should know their craft and write beyond life in their immediate area. America isn't the center of the world. I'd like to read mo...

Serena Williams Doesn't Need Another Grand Slam to Cement Her Tennis Legacy

S. L. Young | Posted 06.06.2016 | Sports
S. L. Young

Watching Serena Williams play tennis is an exercise in patience, frustration, admiration, respect, and joy. Never will you see her on the court compet...

A Life Sentence for a Former Air Force Academy Cadet Who Helped Expose Sexual Assaults at the Academy? We Can't Let that Happen!

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) approached former Air Force Academy Cadet Eric Thomas in November 2010 to assist with the investigation of ...

Qiaobi Laundry Ad Needs To Be Hung Out To Dry

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Pamela A. Lewis

By now, you have probably seen it. Who hasn't? It is the commercial that has been seen around the world. Maybe even extra-terrestrially. I am referrin...

Your Mama: Why Black People Loving Themselves Ain't Racist

Pamela Lewis | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Pamela Lewis

I am not a racist. I just play one on T.V. Well, let me be more clear. I doesn't really imply myself but rather who I represent, and that is a "woke" ...

Gilda Lives On & Gay Life In The 1940s: Summer Reading Comes Early

Janet Mason | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
Janet Mason

The saying that "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it" is just as true today as it was in 1948 when Winston Churchill repeated ...

Gainin' on Ya!

Kellen Abrams | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Kellen Abrams

"They still call it the White House But that's a temporary condition, too. Can you dig it, cc?"--Parliament "Chocolate City" In 1975, George Clinton ...

10 Things You May Not Know About Roots

Matthew Delmont | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew Delmont

Roots became a cultural phenomenon and encouraged more people to engage seriously with the history slavery than anything before or since. Explore 10 surprising facts about one of the most important representations of slavery and black history of all time.

A Different Perspective: Let This Sista Show You Her Travels Through 90 Countries

Oneika Raymond | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

I've travelled far and wide in the search of adventure, stepping foot in nearly 90 countries on 6 continents. While I share my experiences on my blog, I figured that it was high time I branch into storytelling via video!

White Women, Black Men Aren't Hurting You

Brent Thomas Whiteside | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Brent Thomas Whiteside

She turns to see how far I am behind her, grabs the purse that hangs off her shoulders, clutches it to her chest, then turns back around. Really? You couldn't even be more subtle about it? I think: Does this White woman feel threatened by me? Oh, girl.

An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the 'hood and I come in peace.

What Losing All Of My Hair Taught Me About Black Womanhood

Sienna Brown | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices
Sienna Brown

No matter what situation you might be going through, the most important thing to remember is that you define your narrative. You have the power to take an unfortunate situation and to learn from it, coming out better than ever.

Most Strokes Are Preventable

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
SreyRam Kuy, MD

Remember, strokes are preventable. Be informed. Knowledge is power. Make a commitment to be empowered in your health!