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Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Young Black Males: Pushed Out and Away

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I'm deeply concerned about America's young black generation, because if it were not for people who gave me support to be okay with an identity that has nothing to do with looking like or imitating a destructive life, I might mimicked negative stereotypes of violence shown in the media.

Community Colleges Embracing Retention Initiative for Men of Color by Focusing on Others

Dr. Adriel A. Hilton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Adriel A. Hilton

National attention on issues facing boys and men of color has been elevated in the wake of My Brother's Keeper, President Obama's initiative to improve life outcomes for boys and men of color in the United States.

Caribbean Vogue or Nah

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Hey editors at Vogue, I think the world may be interested in seeing perspectives from these parts of the world, and there is a wealth of art, fashion and culture to fill such an illustrious magazine.

Five Ways to Avoid Black Tokenism

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Nearly two years after I graduated, I have arrived to a truth that others around me still don't trust: blacks will never advance or be truly empowered until we stop demoting ourselves as inferior. Translation: self-isolation from the communities and heritage that we know and love will never bring us happiness

The Doctrine of Christ is Social Justice

Mica McGriggs | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

How are people who claim to believe in and follow Christ not a concern for the causes he would be affected by? Liberation theology teaches that Christ came for the oppressed because he was the oppressed.

Sanaa Lathan Leans On Fellow Black Actresses For Strength

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.11.2015 | Black Voices

The entertainment industry can be a cut-throat business -- but lucky for Sanaa Lathan, she says she has a trustworthy support system to lean...

Depression and Robin Williams

M/R Johnson | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
M/R Johnson

It is TIME to EDUCATE, REWRITE and ADVOCATE for CHANGE Depression, addiction and suicide are not a joke! They are real illnesses that do not discri...

Waiting in Line to Become Poor

Lisa Nichols | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa Nichols

Not so long ago, I waited in line to "officially" become poor. That's what it feels like when you're forced to apply for food stamps. When you're broke and starving. When the father of your 8-month-old son apologizes to you from a dingy phone behind prison bars.

Healing From Depression With the Use of Mindfulness Behavior

Minaa B | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

A life of healing can exist after depression, and self-harm. You must first be patient with yourself, trust yourself, and silence the parts of yourself that try to persuade you to think less of yourself.

Question William Lynch... Does Black Lives Really Matter?

M/R Johnson | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
M/R Johnson

The question one should ponder is how can any cultural or race express their concerns when it appears that no one, or at least society, does not care about the civil rights of its people.

Nickelodeon's Kel Mitchell Shares 5 Memories That Will Give You '90s Nostalgia

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments...

Can Mentoring Be a Game Changer for DC Public Schools?

Joe Echevarria | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Joe Echevarria

In Washington, DC, school administrators are laying the groundwork for a bold new initiative to close the achievement gap for boys of color. Through the Empowering Males of Color initiative, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson have committed $20 million over the next three years.

How I Became a Medical Detective

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 09.07.2015 | Black Voices
Nika C. Beamon

Medical Detective I was dying and no one, including my cavalcade of doctors, seemed to be able to stop the process. Year after year, I watched helple...

Bishop Tutu's Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?

Black Lives Matter Movement is Shedding Light on Issues Long Overlooked or Ignored By Mainstream Society

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Whatever flaws it has (the same can be said about any and all grassroots movements), the fact is that Black Lives Matter activists have expressed their message plain, bold and clear without apology.

These '100 Black Men' Are Changing Their Community For The Better

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices

100 Black Men of New Jersey is a group of black male volunteers dedicated to "improving the quality of life" of black members of their local comm...

What the Wiz Khalifa Hoverboard Incident Says About Being Black in America

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

According to Wiz Khalifa, LAX authorities temporarily detained him Saturday because of the his cutting-edge technology. In a society where police stop people for "walking while black," "running while black," and "driving while black," the chart-topping rapper is the first documented case of someone who was detained for "hovering while black."

These Photos Capture The Spirit Of New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices

It's been a slow recovery since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, but residents are hopeful that the city is returning to it...

Wise Lessons in Servant-Leadership from Howard University's President

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, Howard University's president Dr. Wayne Frederick is carrying on the tradition of inspiring college leadership set by Dr. Johnson, by our beloved Morehouse College president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many civil rights activists in my generation.

A Violent Tale of Two Cities

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Baltimore and the District of Columbia are alike in that they want answers and a greatly reduced violent crime rate. What is clear is that a one size fits all approach will not work to stop the increased violent crime in both cities.

Apparently Going to the Beach Is Now a Crime in Rio. Driving With 14 DUI Tickets Is Not

Thiago de Araújo | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Thiago de Araújo

There is no such thing as presumption of innocence if you are a poor, black Brazilian who wants to go to the beach in a part of the city "where you are not supposed to be."

When You Realize What Matters Most

Jonathan Martin | Posted 08.27.2015 | Sports
Jonathan Martin

One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.

Raw and Exposed: Deep Inside a Black Porn Model, Part Three

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

" I have a brand that I can independently market to make a profit. It has enabled me to build a highly-supportive fan base, and to reach a wider audience to promote whatever. It's built my self-confidence, and has opened my mind to other experiences."

From Cotton Fields to CEO: How a Boy From the Mississippi Delta Learned How to Say It All

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices
Carol J. Carter

Life may have taken him all over the world but Taulbert still harkens back to the boy in Glen Allan, Mississippi whose life was defined by cotton season and waking at dawn to pursue his education. Though he is retired, he finds it hard to stop moving, striving and hoping for more.