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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.

Be the Greatest Loser Ever

Charles Cole III | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

Here's the thing about losing: I learned something in every single situation that has shaped my life and helped me get to where I am. In college and grad school, I learned that educational success has very little to do with how smart you are.

Criminalizing Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Held captive." It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn't just a metaphor.

You Better Mind Your Black Business!

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

Ebony Costain, the founder of Ujamaa Box, was imbued with the spirit of entrepreneurship by her parents who owned a residential painting company.

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Love

For all of the talk of American exceptionalism, the U.S. is exceptionally bad in the treatment of its workers. America--the world's largest economy--is one of the few advanced nations without a national policy guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.

On Studying Abroad as a Person of Color: Don't Believe Everything You Hear

Thomas Noah | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas Noah

The Africans in Italy could tell right away that I was different. I was identified as being American. This was a different feeling for me. For the first time, I felt my American identity could really shine.

10 Moments On Black Twitter That Changed The Way We Talk About Black Lives

The Huffington Post | Black Voices Editors | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices

Black Twitter is unfiltered, unapologetic and undeniably a force to reckon with. Over the years, black users on Twitter have banded together to tac...

Baltimore: Blaming the Victim and Other Forms of Perverse Manipulation

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

One would have to be deviously and pathetically dishonest to argue that race had "nothing" to do with the death of Gray, although that has been the perverse narrative echoed in many conservative circles on the political and cultural right.

The Five Lingering Questions After Baltimore Prosecutor's Announcement of Charges in Freddie Gray's Death

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

This case will likely have significant legal challenges that are belied by the confidence of Ms. Mosby's presentation and the relative breakneck speed at which she filed charges. After listening closely to the press conference, I believe there are five big takeaways.

How to Solve Dartmouth's Diversity and Inclusion Challenges

Justin Maffett | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Justin Maffett

Discussions of sexual assault at Dartmouth's students are geared towards the heteronormative sexual and social relationships that emerge primarily in fraternity basements. Dartmouth cannot afford to fail these students by neglecting to prepare them for the spectrum of situations they may encounter.

Good Grief: Rage Against the Machine

Brad Lamm | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Brad Lamm

What do we want to do right when we witness the world go sideways? So many of us dig deep and desire to respond, act and maybe even make a difference. I know, I get that more than many, as I work with families on the brink of crisis

To Pimp the Black Woman: On Kendrick Lamar's Limited Black Liberation

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Raquel Willis

In the jazz-laden track, the woman represents the pressures and expectations that white America places on the black man. It's an ill-favored conflation of the relationship between black men and black women -- suggesting that in America, black men suffer an oppression that black women routinely serve to augment.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

The Kind of Demonstration I'd Like to See

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Dr. David Anderson

We all know what it's like to be so frustrated that we are tempted to damage something or someone we hold dear. That could be punching a wall, throwing a dish or cell phone, or sadly enough, assaulting a loved one. None of these responses are justified or right. Hence, we need a remedy.

The Passing of a Great Man

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
Ellen Cantarow

His beauty was alight with happiness, kindness, and humor -- sometimes irreverent, bawdy humor. Behind his glasses his eyes were full of welcome and cheerfulness. And that smile! You can see it in videos of his performances, but it was no mere stage smile. It expressed his joy in life.

All in the Family

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Kinship care has been found to help children maintain family, and oftentimes community, connections. There is strong evidence that children placed in kinship care experience greater stability, have fewer behavioral problems and are just as safe children in non-relative care.

A Letter to Baltimore

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

You have a right to feel angry, but I am asking you to channel your anger for change. Use your frustration as a force for transformation in Baltimore and in cities across the nation.

Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Michael Carosone

I urge all of my sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ Community to stand with the Black community.

Iconic John Harvard Statue Gives Voice to Students

Heidi Legg | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
Heidi Legg

The iconic John Harvard statue by Daniel Chester French that sits soberly in Harvard Yard has been projected into the 21st century this week.

Michael Eric Dyson-Cornel West Squabble: Nothing New to See Here

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

As a historian, I can attest to the fact that dissent among the black intellectual elite is nothing new. Indeed, writers, politicians, community activists, entertainers, professors, ministers and others have publicly sparred with one another for centuries.

Young, Gifted and Black -- Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

Damien L. Sneed | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Damien L. Sneed

My heart was overflowing with joy and happiness to look out in the audience and see family members and close friends in attendance that evening to support my debut at Carnegie Hall. Yet at the same time, the moment was bittersweet.

Big Voices in Small Theater -- Part 2

Susie K Taylor | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Susie K Taylor

Small theater is one of the most welcoming places for fresh new voices. In this series I will begin to prove why.