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How Former NFL Running Back Tim Worley Found His Most Impactful Game

Tajci Cameron | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I listen to Tim as he speaks about these experiences during his NFL career and I can't help but feel compassion and a sense of sadness. This is not just Tim's story, it's been repeated over and over in the media.

3 Ways to Empower Our Black Girls This School Year

Nancy Laws | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

Teach them to understand their gifts, and to use them wisely. Each and every one of us, has been blessed with gifts, or what you may know as talents. Often times, our children do not know how to hone in on their gifts, in order to use them effectively.

20 Festival-Goers On What AFROPUNK Means To Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices

Enormous crowds of black hipsters, cool kids and trendsetters gathered in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York this weekend for the 2015 A...

Why No Justice for Jonathan Ferrell

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.22.2015 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unless we require extensive and ongoing racial bias and sensitivity training in all police departments throughout the U.S., we will continue to see more unarmed Jonathan Ferrells shot and killed by police. And we will see jurors siding with the police to acquit them.

Hilarious Black Dude Answers White People's Most Burning Questions

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

"Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask the one black friend that you know, but refrained because you didn't want to run the risk of...

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.

Barbara Lee Hosts Community Forum on Racial Justice

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

On August 18th, 2015 Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a community forum at Brookins AME Church in Oakland, CA to discuss policing, church shootings, and racist policies in America. Watch.

AFROPUNK Is More Than A Festival, It's A Part Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

AFROPUNK, the revolutionary black counterculture music festival, will celebrate its 10th year in New York City this weekend with -- if last year'...

'Katrina Truth' Site Details Neglect of Black New Orleans | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

More than 1,800 lives were lost and 600,000 people were left homeless. With the ten-year anniversary of the storm looming, now is an important opportunity to reflect on the ways New Orleans has changed since Katrina.

An Innocent View of Growing Up in the Segregated South

Jane Cutler Yepez | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Jane Cutler Yepez

Reading Gas Money by Troy Lewis is like sitting with him on his Aunt Jenny's front porch in Middlesex County, Virginia, while he unwinds the stories of his life, and what a storyteller he is.

Race: The Ongoing American Dilemma

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, urban ghettoization, political disenfranchisement, discrimination and outright violence have deeply affected America's Black population and still linger with us today. Denying such hard truths will not bring us any closer to any sort of racial reconciliation.

12 Words Black People Invented, And White People Killed

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.19.2015 | Black Voices

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about cultural appropriation and black culture -- the coopting of traditionally black: hairstyles, fashio...

Newark's Art Scene Speaks Volumes in Glass

Isa Freeling | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Some exciting things are happening in Newark, New Jersey. It is quickly becoming a new cultural hub. Its Gateway project located in the Gateway Center (built in 1932), is becoming the centerpiece of this extraordinary renaissance. The brainchild of two amazing women.

Black Lives Matter, ACT UP and the Urgency of Violence and Death

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The Black Lives Matter protest was disruptive, loud, tense and passionate. The first thing that came to my mind was ACT UP, a group I was a part of, which engaged in similar kinds of protest and disruption, including against Democratic presidential candidates. The urgency of the protest was similar as well: People are dying, and no one in power seems to be doing anything to stop it.

How the Left Can Put the Planned Parenthood Debacle Behind It and Restore Integrity to the Abortion Debate

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ...

THE FIGHT: Stigma vs. Shame

M/R Johnson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
M/R Johnson

WELCOME TO THE BOXING MATCH OF Behavioral Health Disorders Introduction of Opponents: In the right corner we have the opponent Stigma weighing...

Anniversaries of Zimmerman Verdict and Michael Brown's Death Recall Suffering and Resilience that Spans the U.S. and Canada

Oneka LaBennett | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices
Oneka LaBennett

If a 21-year-old Southern White man living in 21st Century America relied on age-old racist rhetoric to justify slaughtering innocent people, we should not be surprised that history continues to repeat itself along the agonizing road to full citizenship that contemporary Black people must traverse.

Study: Rich are Fitter, Poor are Fatter

Ashley Brown | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Ashley Brown

While cost is significant, structural barriers to fitness have an even greater impact on black women's health. The idea that anyone can just go outside for a run in their neighborhood makes a lot of assumptions about that neighborhood. People are less likely to take a nice evening stroll if there are no sidewalks or if they don't feel safe.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

From Problem Child to Model College Student: One First-Gen's Success Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.09.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

George is an example of someone who re-cast his life's vision, amounted to his purpose and developed the habits and skills to make his dreams reality.

Why I Am a White Liberal Who Supports Both Bernie Sanders and the Black Lives Matter Protestors

Ed Coffin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Ed Coffin

You know why ‪protestors addressed a crowd of liberals? Because that is exactly the crowd that needs to hear it. Their reaction proves exactly why this interruption was needed. Instead of criticizing, how about getting off your computer and helping us figure out how we change things?

Black Women are Not Simply Black #SayHerName

Rukayatu Tijani | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Rukayatu Tijani

Black women and girls are more than the weeping women who have stood by while society perpetually terrorizes the bodies of Black and Brown men. Our bodies have been profiled, beaten, assaulted, and killed by law enforcement. We too are victims of this struggle.

My Hair Is Not Your Concern

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

"Is that your hair?" This was not, by any means, the first time I had been asked this. I get it quite often. I always answer truthfully, although it always baffles me why people don't think of this as a rude question to ask someone.

Rihanna Queen of Crop Over

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Rihanna was the star of Crop Over, and she never disappoints. But it is not just Rihanna's costume or celebrity that makes her a star in my eyes. It's her love of life and her love of family and friends, her ability to live her life by her rules and no one else's that makes her a Caribbean Girl.

Fashion As Activism : The Jidenna Story

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Ingrid Vasquez

In a world where designer clothing reigns supreme and labels create hierarchy, Wonderland Records' newest addition, Jidenna, has reincarnated the meaning of what fashion is supposed to be -- a form of nonverbal expressionism.