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Michael Brown's Family Pastor Delivers Sermon Outside Charred Remains Of His Church

Washington Post | Wesley Lowery | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

He paced back and forth. He scurried between the front row of Sunday’s makeshift sanctuary. And then he made his way to the podium, propped in an au...

Police and Black Men Are At War, And The Two Men I Love Are On The Battlefield

Jennifer Borget | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Borget

My husband always has the option of changing careers. My son can never change who he is. But my son and other black boys need allies in uniform to protect him. Allies like his father.

Young, Black and Powerful

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

There is no doubt that black lives matter to the parents of black children. Our fear is rooted not in our ability to love and provide for them, but rather the realization that comes with daily reminders around us that their lives matter only to us.

Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

Katrina Sands | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Katrina Sands

How many names do you remember? How many have you even heard of? How many more do you need to read before you believe that a pattern exists?

Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans: The Legends Return

Stephen Grant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

Our favorite voices of the '90s return with albums to remind us that soul still lives in R&B music.

Using Ferguson as Fuel for Change

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

The only thing left to do is to unite and use the power of our voices to make a difference. Instead of using violence, use your voice to stand up for injustice in the world. Form collaborative partnerships within the community that can truly make a difference.

How Should I Feel?

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Gabriel James Bump

These things happen all the time, right? They will happen forever, right? It's nice to think they won't. It's probably best to think life won't always be like this. Optimism is good. But I know I'm going to have to tell my future children about this country. What should I tell them?

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Virginia Union University On the Forefront of Progressive Education in the 21st Century

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Elwood D. Watson

In an age where the news coming out of the world is more than often depressing, this is particularly true for historically black colleges and universities; there are occasional glimmers of sunshine on the horizon.

Wannabe Demographers?

Diane Tobin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Diane Tobin

Shalva Weil's characterization of "wannbe" Jews is itself derogatory and dismissive. Those exploring their heritage or seeking to convert to Judaism should according to our tradition be treated with respect, even if they do not choose to complete their journey.

Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Kathleen Anderson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Kathleen Anderson

A "great book," to West, is one that most effectively addresses "the challenge of trying to be a decent person in the world. There is no more fundamental question."

Binyavanga Wainaina and Me

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.

Women Can Do Anything Men Can Do, But Here's One Surprising Thing They're Even Better At

Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Bauman, M.D.

Who would have thought that these catchy lyrics from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun would fit so perfectly into a conversation today about women and heart disease?

Why We Must Tell the Untold Story

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Shannon Schuyler

Many, if not most of us, believe that President Barack Obama and high-profile sports, media, and entertainment personalities, such as LeBron James, Beyoncé, Robin Roberts, are exceptions -- the only African Americans making great contributions. Many of us are wrong.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 3

Dave Kreissman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

As we recognize that American sports and culture do not represent a "post-racial society" after all, it's important to look back at the '60s, the era where there was perhaps the greatest change in the relationship between African-Americans and White America.

5.85 Million People Who Can't Vote But Can They Still Complain?

Marlon Peterson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Marlon Peterson

In 2014, where Blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly subjugated to carceral punishments, is it sensible to make the claim that if you don't vote you can't complain?

Snoop Dogg On Painting: 'The Blunt Is Inspiration To The Creation'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices

Snoop Dogg has taken up painting. And you can probably guess what it takes to get him in the mood. In a video for the Swedish company Happy Socks, ...

A Play for Our Times: Pia Wilson's Turning the Glass Around

Rachel Mason | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Rachel Mason

A remarkable new play, Turning the Glass Around, by Pia Wilson, fearlessly plunges into the ever-morphing conversation about immigration, race and class. Turning the Glass Around evokes images of Death of A Salesman.

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

The Film Dear White People Slays Audiences With Sex, Identity and Feminism

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

Dear White People's flawed and fabulous female leads remind us that when it comes to our individual path to identity and self, we can either be the directors of our own lives or be directed -- the choice is entirely ours.

We Need an Accounting of America's Innocent Prisoners

David A. Love | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

Watch Nas React To Seeing An Ancestor's Bill Of Sale Into Slavery

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices

During Tuesday's episode of PBS' documentary series "Finding Your Roots," rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt f...

Responses to 'Black Men Don't Like Black Women'

Courtney Carter | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney Carter

I wrote a blog post, a personal reflection, if you will. I am a journalist, so by nature I am curious, always wanting to know other people's stories a...

ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.