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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.

Racial Satire 'White Squad' Is Painfully Hilarious But All Too Real

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

Meet the "White Squad" a group of well-meaning white people looking to help out people of color. The squad is introduced in a new, brilliant...

SCOTUS, The Incredible Disappearing Student And The Case For Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

Ashley Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Ashley Brown

For many of us, as the sole black person in class, we are called upon to represent our race's view on the atrocities that occurred in the past, cringing as we try to articulate a water-downed version from a chapter of a history book. Yet, we are expected to be grateful for that seat and not fight for others.

For U.S. Economy, Education and Opportunity Gaps are Costly

Joe Echevarria | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Joe Echevarria

When President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper, he recognized that each of us has a role in closing opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. But our changing demographics poses challenges not just to this community, but to our nation's economy as a whole.

Introducing the Ma'Ati: An Online Epic Novel & Travel Magazine

Shamira Muhammad | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Shamira Muhammad

My family and I were nomadic nearly my entire childhood, and as an adult I have traveled to over ten countries and lived in three. While freelancing in Paris, several friends began asking for help constructing fun itineraries for their trips abroad.

The Tragic and Rapid Demise of Bill Cosby

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.25.2015 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

While none of us is above criticism regardless of who we are, the fact is Cosby's current predicament is a classic example of why all of us should tread with caution before we become too overly harsh in our judgment of others for what we perceive to be their shortcomings.

Yellow Peril Supports Black Power

Dan Truong | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dan Truong

There's this photo that's been circulating online which shows Asian men holding up a sign that reads, "YELLOW PERIL SUPPORTS BLACK POWER." The photo was taken in 1969 during a rally in Oakland supporting Huey Newton.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 6, the Conclusion

Dave Kreissman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Over the 40-plus years since the Clay v. United States ruling was handed down, public opinion of Ali has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, information that paints him in a negative light is fairly difficult to come by.

LGBTQ People Of Color Are Not Monolithic--In Reality Or Fiction

Riley S. Wilson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Riley S. Wilson

Not all black gay men are either fairies or homothugs. Not all lesbians are butches. LGBTQ people of color are creative, hopeful, well-learned, and at times buoyantly empathetic. Where is the content that shows us in this light?

Redlined for Failure and the Prison Pipeline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ndume Olatushani is an artist, organizer, and a passionate advocate for justice who works with the Children's Defense Fund's Nashville organizing team. He helps us fight to keep children and people of color, especially Black boys, out of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™.

Hilarious Parody Answers The Burning Question, 'Was That Racist?'

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

The latest video from MTV News Decoded hilariously explores what goes on in one woman’s head as she tries to answer the ever-confusing question: "Wa...

Symbols of Hatred, Not Heritage

Brandi Hatter | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Brandi Hatter

For Dylan Roof and others who would kill in the name of white supremacy, the Confederate battle flag and monuments honoring KKK leaders are not symbols of heritage or history. They act as inspiration, even justification, for the spread of hate and unthinkable violence.

Fighting Fire

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

An angry white man is politician. He is a banker, a lawyer, a journalist, a president. He can carry gun. He can voice his opinions no matter how loud and is entitled to a microphone. The constitution was constructed for and by him. It his pulpit. No matter how hard Black voices try and compete they aren't even in the audience.

Why It's Time To Stop Apologizing For Bill Cosby

Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Aaron Barksdale

As a black man who had admired Cosby, I am dealing with complex and conflicted feelings of what Cosby once was and who he really is. There is no way to reconcile Cliff Huxtable with Bill Cosby.

My Open Letter to Donald Trump

Jade Greear | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Jade Greear

You say that black youth have "no spirit." When, may I ask, is the last time you sat down and chatted with a group of young black people, or any young people of color?

Getting Too Wrapped Up In Symbolic Gestures Diverts Attention From More Searing Issues Plaguing Many Black Communities

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

There are many pressing issues that require our immediate attention and will require a dedicated level of commitment. Making a substantial effort to combat such an unhealthy level of potentially destructive vices that plague our communities as opposed to unwittingly falling prey to embracing fleeting issues should be our primary ongoing and permanent goal.

How White People Can Prevent Attacks Like The Charleston Shooting

Buster Brown | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Buster Brown

In South Carolina or any other state, communities can help prevent hate crimes by acting as everyday safeguards against bigotry. We may not be able to enact gun control, but we can at least avoid slipping back into comfortable silence.

Why Tamron Hall Isn't Ready To Cover Her Sister's Death On 'Deadline: Crime'

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices

Tamron Hall, an MSNBC anchor and host of Investigation Discovery’s "Deadline: Crime," told HuffPost Live on Monday that she isn’t ready to cover h...

3 Ways Misty Copeland Impacted Our Lives

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

Watching Misty get filled up with emotion about her promotion at her press conference brought tears to my own eyes. I replayed the joy of her accomplishment in my own heart and head all week. All I could think about is that her spirit of perseverance is what I desire for everyone to have to towards their goals and dreams, including my own.

Priscilla Frank

Unseen Photos Of The Civil Rights Movement Are As Relevant Now As Ever | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

"What happened in the Misisssippi Delta was profoundly significant because it was a view of human potential that people still don't see when t...

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

Dear Misty Copeland.... Thank You

Tiana Patrice | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Tiana Patrice

You don't know me, and perhaps you never will, but I want to say Thank You. Thank You for giving my daughter and the daughters of this world something to look forward too.

Black on Gay Hate Has to Stop: Gay Lives Matter Too

Dr. Warrick Stewart | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Warrick Stewart

As a gay man, I have experienced a great deal of difficulties assimilating and finding my way in this supposed land of the free. Black gay males often find themselves struggling to cope with multiple oppressions.

Introducing "Torrey Berry" - One of Many Struggling Subway Musicians

S. L. Young | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

It's late on a Friday afternoon with lots of people rushing around at the beginning of their weekend and I was one of them too ... until I heard the delightful sounds of music coming from a singer who caused me to quickly stop and pay attention.

Black Folks, Let's Talk About Homophobia

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jacob Hood

Is it really possible for such a historically marginalized group to harbor such hatred? With all the tireless social activism efforts spearheaded by the black community, it is easy to forget about this skeleton in the closet.