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Freedom Summer Lunch Soldiers on, Despite Threats from Trolls | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

In January of 1969, the Black Panther Party initiated the groundbreaking Free Breakfast for Children Program in San Francisco. The "Survival Program" flourished and spread nationwide, feeding thousands of hungry children and inspiring school lunch programs across the country.

It's A Slap In The Face When White Women Wear Black Hairstyles

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

The concept of cultural appropriation has become a frequent topic of conversation, but still, the fashion world continues to make the most painfu...

Bishop T.D. Jakes On The Black Church's Shifting Stance On The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices

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Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

Why I've Never Supported (The Hashtag) #BlackLivesMatter

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

In this generation, simply sending out a tweet with a trending hashtag is lazy, disingenuous and ill-conceived in generating momentum for a movement. A well-timed status update largely does nothing other than trick the person into believing he/she has done their part in the struggle.

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

j.n. salters | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.

These 8 Photos Show the Beauty of Being Young, Black, & Proud

Ursula Lauriston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Ursula Lauriston

Wouldn't it be great to celebrate black people, just for being black? Nothing is more positive than flipping the script. Where there is oppression, we will uplift. And where there is hate, we'll inject love.

Black Actor Lands Iconic Broadway Role In 'Les Miz' And Makes History

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, is the youngest and the first black actor to step into the iconic role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of...

#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Mourns 'Senseless Murder' Of Sam DuBose

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices

Warning: The video above contains graphic content.  A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on murder charges Wednesd...

Addiction and Death... Now Bobbi Kristina Brown

M/R Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
M/R Johnson

It is sad to believe that we are about to say good-bye to this beautiful soul, when just more than three years ago we said good bye to Whitney.

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

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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.