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App Moving #BlackLivesMatter Movement Into Real World

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facilitating meaningful conversations about race isn’t an easy feat, but a local collaborative effort is up to the challenge. Blac...

Conservatives, Stop Scapegoating President Obama for the State of Race Relations

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Many Republican politicians, pundits and loyal GOP voters have targeted President Obama as the reason for the current state of race relations in our nation. As those in the land of rock-ribbed republicanism see it, our current commander-in-chief is the primary reason that the racial situation is less than desirable.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

Spreading Cultural Education From Middle America

Lola Olley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Lola Olley

This Nigerian-born mother of four has Polish School to thank in part for her most recent life change -- yes, Polish School.

PART 2: The Black Classical Singer Experience

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

So, I was reading a Facebook posting by one singer who happened to comment on how he customarily looks, from the stage to the audience, for other Black faces. This struck me because it is an added dimension to the singer experience that I never thought about, which led me to start a very frank discussion with quite a few singers.

How to Break Your Own Heart

Derek Gaines | Posted 06.03.2015 | Comedy
Derek Gaines

Over the course of the weekend, I start feeling - not great. I'll just put it out there. I get constipated. I'm feeling weird, like you know how your stomach gets tight, you're walking around full because all that food is on your lungs? Then I decide l can't take it anymore and what does my dumb 22-year-old self do? I give myself an enema.

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.

The BBC's DJ Cameo Talks About the Emergence of British #Grime‎ Music (Part 1)

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

In a time when rap luminaries‎ Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa are injecting energy into the American rap scene, other heavy hitters such as Kanye West and Rick Ross are helping to raise the profile of the urban, gritty sound of the indigenous British music genre known as grime.

#RespectHerName: Start Giving a Damn About Black Women Immediately

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

For hundreds of years, women of color have not only paid their dues, but partially paid ours. It's not enough to just defend them when times get rough, but to empower them even when our own victories are close.

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea in Cannes: The Humanity Beneath the Headlines

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What drives an issue home each and every time is when it is made personal, when the headlines become faces, or in this case when the refugees of war, hunger, religion or politics, turn into human beings -- just like you and me.

Enforcing Segregationist Thinking

Michael Meyers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Michael Meyers

Private schools that mandate the teaching of children to think "black," "white," "Asian," etc. are all wet and regressive. What's next? Will the Fieldston School also instruct the kids that they should "love, speak, and be" their "race", i.e. be "black" or "white" or "Asian"-- as some of the Afrocentric academies openly did to "strengthen" black kids' identities?

A Letter to My Unborn Black Daughter

Amanda Bennett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Bennett

You won't be here for years and years, if ever at all. But I wanted you to have this, to know that you are not alone, and that you have an obligation to the black women who have been silenced to continue their work.

Do Black Lives Matter in a White World?

Ediberto Roman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Ediberto Roman

Much like many of you, I have reacted emotionally after watching video after video of police across the country brutalizing our black and brown youth. I have cried witnessing the utter devaluation of what should be out most cherished commodity -- our youth.

Why We Should Resist Black Male Exceptionalism: A Graduate's Perspective

Jared Loggins | Posted 05.22.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

When former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick stood before the Morehouse College Class of 2015 to deliver his commencement address, he joined a host of notable black men, who, in recent years have ascended to the heights of American public service and have too charged black men and boys to be exceptional.

In Their Own Words Part I- The Black Classical Singer Experience

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Please note: This is Part I of a three-part article. Stay tuned. PART I "Because here's the thing -- the road ahead is not going to be easy.  It ne...

Empathic Understanding for Baltimore

Michael Frazier | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Frazier

It is easy to judge Baltimore and say what people should do. Ask yourself if you consistently saw people in your community unfairly treated and stifled systemically; what would be your reaction?

Looking Beyond the Headlines on Black Jobs and Workers in America

Marc Bayard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Marc Bayard

If one looks only at individuals with a bachelor's degree, the black unemployment rate still approaches twice that of the white unemployment rate. One reason? Because individual effort on the part of black workers cannot change the minds of the remaining discriminatory employers.

Philadelphia Congregations Lead in the Struggle for Social Justice

David A. Love | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Philadelphia has a long history as an incubator for social justice activism, from the abolition of slavery to the Black Power movement. Moreover, with its high unemployment and poverty, low wages, and high incarceration rate, the city could become another Baltimore.

Healing a Child's Broken Heart

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's always very challenging for a parent when their child has a serious health condition. It's even more challenging when their child has a serious condition but has no health insurance to cover the needed care and emergencies.

Depression's Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs, Part Three

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Welcome to the final part of "Depression's Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs." As I've stated, I'm writing this multi-part series to shine a bright light on how depression can have a more pronounced and peculiar effect and impact on black LGBTQ persons.

Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

As the Supreme Court gets ready to hopefully legitimize a belief that many of us in the LGBT community already consider an inalienable right -- marriage equality for all -- it's high time we start preparing ourselves for the next major issue to address: intersectionality.

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

'Inclusion Is Bad for Business'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Inclusion has never expanded my opportunities, or tapped into my creative excellence to solve organizational problems. But engagement has. This is because inclusion is about the company choosing which aspects of me to embrace. When I'm engaged, not only do I excel, the company wins.