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Bernie's Problem

Robert Slayton | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Back when I was in grad school, a standard intellectual exercise was to debate whether the foremost cleavage in American society was race or class. For African-Americans this is not theoretical, and it is clear where they stand.

The Real Mama Drama

Mia Redrick | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Motherhood is hard and rewarding. That is the truth. Enjoying the journey has everything to do with how you manage the obstacles that are in front of you and the systems that you put in place to support your life.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

Whats Wrong with BEing a MODERN MAN?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

The BE MODERN MAN rally cry is "ITS OUR NORMAL TO BE EXTRAORDINARY". That is a very powerful statement. It is not our normal to be criminals, it is not our normal to be unemployed, it is not our normal to be below average, however, it is our normal to be extraordinary!

HuffPost Honor Roll: Barbershop Outreach Gets Black Boys Reading

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.27.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Jose Antonio Vargas Discusses Unpacking Race In New Doc 'White People'

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices

  MTV's documentary "White People" premiered on Wednesday and spurred an Internet frenzy around the role race plays in the lives of Ame...

Meet Cyborg, The Badass Black Superhero You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

Cyborg, the techno-powered teenage superhero, is rising to the ranks of peers like Superman and Batman by headlining his own comic book series. B...

Azealia Banks Slams VMAs, Says 'America Doesn't Like Opinionated Black Women'

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

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Jonathan Jacob Moore | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Jonathan Jacob Moore

and nothing brings death closer to a black woman's door than her/voice./and/nothing takes less time than a warrant for/black/death/on a road in /Texas.

Happy Birthday, Living Legend Rachel Robinson

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

On Friday, the nation celebrated what would have been the 153rd birthday of pioneering Civil Rights advocate and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Sunday, July 19, 2015 marked the 93rd birthday of another significant woman of color, Rachel Robinson.

Sandra Bland and Other 'Angry Black Women'

Kelly Brown Douglas | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kelly Brown Douglas

We do not live in a post-racial society. And we will never will until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built. We must lead the way in facing the complex history of racism in America and the way in which it continues to be a deadly plague upon black bodies.

What I Learned From Two Years of Silence

Omnia Saed | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Omnia Saed

It will be two years now since the last time I posted an article, two years since the last time I wrote something for myself.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Revealing Black Men During National Black Family Month

Ben Jealous | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Ben Jealous

Black men may lead the nation in patriotism, entrepreneurship, generosity and parental engagement. But that's not the story you've heard, is it?

How to Keep Our Black Boys Alive: Channeling the Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police.

Racial Satire 'White Squad' Is Painfully Hilarious But All Too Real

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

Meet the "White Squad" a group of well-meaning white people looking to help out people of color. The squad is introduced in a new, brilliant...

SCOTUS, The Incredible Disappearing Student And The Case For Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

Ashley Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Ashley Brown

For many of us, as the sole black person in class, we are called upon to represent our race's view on the atrocities that occurred in the past, cringing as we try to articulate a water-downed version from a chapter of a history book. Yet, we are expected to be grateful for that seat and not fight for others.

For U.S. Economy, Education and Opportunity Gaps are Costly

Joe Echevarria | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Joe Echevarria

When President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper, he recognized that each of us has a role in closing opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. But our changing demographics poses challenges not just to this community, but to our nation's economy as a whole.

Introducing the Ma'Ati: An Online Epic Novel & Travel Magazine

Shamira Muhammad | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Shamira Muhammad

My family and I were nomadic nearly my entire childhood, and as an adult I have traveled to over ten countries and lived in three. While freelancing in Paris, several friends began asking for help constructing fun itineraries for their trips abroad.

The Tragic and Rapid Demise of Bill Cosby

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.25.2015 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

While none of us is above criticism regardless of who we are, the fact is Cosby's current predicament is a classic example of why all of us should tread with caution before we become too overly harsh in our judgment of others for what we perceive to be their shortcomings.

Yellow Peril Supports Black Power

Dan Truong | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dan Truong

There's this photo that's been circulating online which shows Asian men holding up a sign that reads, "YELLOW PERIL SUPPORTS BLACK POWER." The photo was taken in 1969 during a rally in Oakland supporting Huey Newton.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 6, the Conclusion

Dave Kreissman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Over the 40-plus years since the Clay v. United States ruling was handed down, public opinion of Ali has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, information that paints him in a negative light is fairly difficult to come by.

LGBTQ People Of Color Are Not Monolithic--In Reality Or Fiction

Riley S. Wilson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Riley S. Wilson

Not all black gay men are either fairies or homothugs. Not all lesbians are butches. LGBTQ people of color are creative, hopeful, well-learned, and at times buoyantly empathetic. Where is the content that shows us in this light?

Redlined for Failure and the Prison Pipeline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ndume Olatushani is an artist, organizer, and a passionate advocate for justice who works with the Children's Defense Fund's Nashville organizing team. He helps us fight to keep children and people of color, especially Black boys, out of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™.

Hilarious Parody Answers The Burning Question, 'Was That Racist?'

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

The latest video from MTV News Decoded hilariously explores what goes on in one woman’s head as she tries to answer the ever-confusing question: "Wa...