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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.

The Trifecta--Black, Female and Gay

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

I am on social media quite often. When I became active 10 years ago I joined every LGBT, Women's Rights and Pro Black group. But the more I participat...

5 Progressive Choices for Vice President

Debbie Hines | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Debbie Hines

I urge the Democratic Party to select a progressive as its vice presidential candidate. With Donald Trump's racist, sexist and xenophobic rants, the stakes are too high to play it safe this year. The Democratic Party cannot play by the same rules and expect to win in 2016.

Are District Schools Entitled to Teach Other People's Children?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.04.2016 | Chicago
Marilyn Rhames

On April 1, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out on their jobs six weeks ahead of the official date by which they could call a strike. Chi...

4 Career Tips for College Students

Marcus Bright | Posted 05.01.2016 | College
Marcus Bright

I have been asked frequently by students for career advice as the nonprofit that I am affiliated with, Education for a Better America, has been conduc...

Eddie Conway: Making Real News After Prison

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway to hear about how he helped fellow prisoners organize for reform while serving a nearly 44-year term sentence for a murder he didn't commit.

Being Black and the Caribbean's Self Identity

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.29.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Self identity is a personal issue. How a person self identifies is really a matter of their own concern. I, myself, have self identified a number of...

Batman vs Superman

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I know I am late. I waited forever to go see the Batman vs Superman movie.

BJ The Chicago Kid: 'In My Mind', Kush, God, Blackness and Chi-City

Erika Hardison | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

BJ The Chicago Kid has definitely earned every accolade his has received and will receive. He is more than a gospel soul singer; he's innovative and visionary with the ability to give your favorite singers their soul back or at least, direct them to finding it.

Beyonce Serves African Spirituality in 'Lemonade'

Ama McKinley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Ama McKinley

Beyonce Knowles Carter is an artist of the Earth, using her stage and global influence to teach us about the human condition, using symbology and language that is sacred and pronounced beyond a few approved circles.

This Photo Project Is Redefining What It Means To Be African And LGBTQ

Jaimee A. Swift | Posted 04.27.2016 | Black Voices
Jaimee A. Swift

A documentary photography series is de-limiting the pervasiveness of anti-LGBTQ African sentiments by giving a platform for gay African immigrants in the African Diaspora to fully express themselves.

Prince: Bold, Daring, Sexual, Mysterious, Black and Unapologetically Controversial!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Like millions of people all over the world, I was stunned to hear about the death of Prince last week. My initial reaction was similar to my response to the deaths of legends Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Maurice White, Natalie Cole, Gil Scott-Heron and Glenn Frey. Another larger-than-life figure taken away from us far too soon! To paraphrase a line from one of Prince's more popular songs ­-- the doves were indeed crying.

Reginald A. Flemming: Inventive and Compelling Filmmaker on the Rise, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 04.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

"Until we create our own voices and build our own platforms, we will never be understood or heard, because the media just isn't ready for our brand of life."

On Being Unapologetically Black

Charlene Haparimwi | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Charlene Haparimwi

I love my deep melanin, my rich culture, and the voice I have to speak about important issues. I am here for nerdy black girls and boys, quiet black boys and girls, entrepreneurial black boys and girls. I am here for every stereotype and every exception to the rule of blackness the world sees, imagines, perpetuates or try to eradicate.

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Makes Me Want to Be a Better Black Woman

Ezinne Ukoha | Posted 04.27.2016 | Black Voices
Ezinne Ukoha

As the words of Somali poet Warsan Shire propelled the potent imagery that evoked a plethora of emotions that possessed me as I tried in vain to maintain control,  I was haunted by the truth of who I've been for all this time.

Savage Lemonade from a Savant.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

So. Many. Questions. Is this about her real relationship with her husband or the relationship of black women with black men in general? This feels personal. This is darker and more raw than anything I have ever seen from her. She did not reign in her artistic or creative expression, every frickin scene is a piece of Art.

Prince Pushed Us to Be Better Comedians

The Second City | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
The Second City

Prince Rogers Nelson was a beacon of light that showed me the importance of being me. That light will be missed at the end of the day, but if we can learn one thing, I hope that lesson is that it's okay to be who and what you are at all times.

Institutional Effectiveness Professionals: The Special Ops of Higher Education

Dr. Adriel A. Hilton | Posted 04.25.2016 | College
Dr. Adriel A. Hilton

With increasing accountability for performance outcomes, leaders at HBCUs must recognize the need for practitioners with distinctive skills. When the battle for scarce resources is being fought, and proof of performance is demanded, IEPs must be activated.

The History of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Charlene Haparimwi | Posted 04.25.2016 | Black Voices
Charlene Haparimwi

Cover Photo courtesy of The National Review The Black Lives Matter movement is one of the most important movements happening in our country today. Th...