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Original Child Bomb

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have not produced eternal peace. Instead they opened a Pandora's box that can never be fully locked back up.

Has Integration In Schools Done More Harm Than Good for Black Learners?

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 05.26.2016 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Even as there are numerous advantages in having as diverse a classrooms, for some learners benefit from culturally affirming environments and being surrounded by others who look like them.

A Sublime Gem Across the Pond, Part One

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"I used to rewrite and re-stage films and television in my mind to feature my friends and me as heroes, lovers and leaders because as a Black British kid, I was doubly conscious of being Jamaican."

Blessing in Disguise

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices
Andrew Royce Bauer

I met a lot of great genuine people through Kathy such as her husband Harold, and I also connected with a lot of great people through him also. Before I knew them I had very few options but now I'm an opportunist with endless opportunities.

A Chicago Teacher's Struggle to Get Kids to College in a Culture of Violence and Fear

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

Most nights, all I can do is close my eyes and pray for these Black and Latino kids, trusting the all-seeing eye to protect them from other kids who also bury their pistols beneath boxers and briefs, kids who aren't as afraid to point and shoot.

Ensuring HBCU Success with Baby Boomer Energy, Expertise & Passion

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

The time has come for the HBCU CRUE to roll up its sleeves and get to work. If we do not come to the aid of HBCUs, then who will? If not now, when?

On Chicago's Blues: Where Have You Gone, Harold Washington?

Terry Smith | Posted 05.24.2016 | Chicago
Terry Smith

It will take rediscovering the audacity of Harold Washington, Jr. to reverse this mentality.

Unsung Black LGBTQ 'Legends' Land in SoHo for New Leslie-Lohman Exhibition

Christopher Delatorre | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Delatorre

"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it....

You Are Not Black.

Lalaina Rackson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Lalaina Rackson

"Yeah but you, you are not black," my classmate said. I stopped. Took a deep breath. Calmed down. And refrained myself from arguing.

Racist Bloggers Display Their Vile,Deranged Attitudes

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Unless you have been comatose for the last month, you are undoubtedly aware of the fact that the internet (or rather segments of the media) has engage...

Here's Why Black People Don't Go Vegan

Nzinga Young | Posted 05.19.2016 | Black Voices
Nzinga Young

Newsflash: veganism is for the privileged. But privilege isn't always financial. If you're living such a safe, supported life that you can put the needs of animals before the needs of your community, that's a privilege

How I Bounced Back from My Career Disappointment

Priscilla Christopher | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Priscilla Christopher

You know the excitement surrounding a potential career choice, right? You attend college as part of your career preparation plan, after graduating from high school. You graduate from college ready to enter the workforce in this chosen profession.

Homophobes and Transphobes Are Destroying America

Ace Robinson | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

In the course of a day, nearly all LGBTQIA people in this country must be aware that their identity and even their sole existence may endanger their personal safety.

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled figu...

Kevin Durant Is OKC's Real-Life Hero After Assisting Ambulance

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 05.17.2016 | Sports

Mired in capital city traffic with no clear way to circumvent the cars around it, an Oklahoma City ambulance was at the mercy of its surrounding rush-...

Welcome to Everyone

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a child I hated not being allowed into the segregated library in my hometown. But I am honored and grateful that today the Marlboro County Public Library -- the Marian Wright Edelman Library in Bennettsville, SC -- provides a panoply of early childhood and adult literacy programs.

Broccoli City Fest 2016: 26 Shots That Will Make You Want To Relive All The Vibes

Choyce Miller | Posted 05.12.2016 | Black Voices
Choyce Miller

Credit: @Mark.C As we all await Broccoli City Fest 2017, it's only right that we visually relive some epic moments from this year's eco-friendly musi...

A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

I'm an avid supporter of charter schools. I work at one. I send my kids to one. I donate to one. I'm making this disclaimer early, lest what's to come...

Crisis in Flint Lingers; Faith Rises Amid Faces of the Poisoned

John W. Fountain | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Photo: Pamela Powell, a native daughter of Flint whose parents still live there said she feels betrayed by the government, which switched the city's w...

The Memo Hillary Clinton Probably Won't Get or Will Get Too Late

Terry Smith | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Terry Smith

In the Indiana primary, Donald Trump effectively secured the Republican nomination, while the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, lost an...

Courage Under Fire: West Point Cadets Show America the Meaning of Leadership

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

Photo Courtesy New York Times Last week the United States Military Academy at West Point launched an inquiry into the conduct of 16 African-American ...

Always a Red Rose for Mama

John W. Fountain | Posted 05.10.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

These memories help comfort me. For they are a reminder that for as long as I have life and breath, our mothers live inside of us. They are a reminder that a mother's love is eternal. And reason enough, for me, to always wear a red rose on Mother's Day.

We Never Had Issues Using Airbnb Until We Changed Our Profile Picture To This

Victoria Yore | Posted 05.09.2016 | Black Voices
Victoria Yore

It is unfortunate that we were able to book with ease in the past and a simple profile picture change seems to have caused us much trouble. The situation is tough and institutionalized racism appears to be the obvious cause.

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

Stories of Mother Love

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As we celebrate mothers and grandmothers, foster mothers, and all those who step in to parent children in need, let's pledge to take responsibility not only for our own children and grandchildren but for all children, or at least for one child who may not be our own.