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Watch Nas React To Seeing An Ancestor's Bill Of Sale Into Slavery

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices

During Tuesday's episode of PBS' documentary series "Finding Your Roots," rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt f...

Responses to 'Black Men Don't Like Black Women'

Courtney Carter | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney Carter

I wrote a blog post, a personal reflection, if you will. I am a journalist, so by nature I am curious, always wanting to know other people's stories a...

ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker's "Dream of Dreams"

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.20.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there? These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women's history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.

Southern Clergy Voices Signal A Shift Throughout The Black Community

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

For many, the very idea of an African American pastor or clergyperson publicly embracing LGBT equality is unimaginable. You know the story; the Black Church is conservative and homophobic. That story is shifting.

Why Ebola Isn't Stopping Me From Going to Africa Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.

The Incomparable Faith Evans

Stephen Grant | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Grant

Faith Evans is on a high celebrating 20 years in R&B music. Yet, before executive producing the R&B Divas reality TV franchise or becoming a NY Times best-selling author, the soulful singer from Newark entered the music scene as the first female artist signed to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy label back in the early '90s

Lacking Leadership, Pennsylvania Backs Prisons Over Pupils

David A. Love | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.

The 'Street Merchant' Paradox: Black Women's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Torri Stuckey | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

How do we restore the institution of marriage within the black community? The lines of communication between black men and women have to improve.

Ensuring the Voices of Government Reflect the People They Represent

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 12.14.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

This is not just about electing black and Latino leaders to local, state and national office, but also holding those leaders accountable -- setting an agenda and building the type of power to ensure policies and laws reflect our values and needs.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

A Legacy of Praying Women

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
L. Y. Marlow

I think back on that day my mother stared into the abyss, as though she could still see the stitches that cinched her chest, I thank God that she was a praying woman.

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.

Net Neutrality Matters to Communities of Color

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Keith Ellison

An open Internet protects opportunities for communities of color. It lets people report on injustice and organize to confront it. It lets artists and creators tell their own stories, rather than depending on traditional media to decide which stories are worth telling.

More Than a Label

S. L. Young | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

Remember that a word can only be a limiter if it's believed to be a true descriptor of you; therefore, define and live by your own positive words to help make your dreams and others come true.

Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there b...

Who Shot Mya?: One Story of Activism & Resilience in Ferguson

J Mase III | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

I don't want for anything -- I do know however, that there will be a change in how people conduct themselves, how officers of the law conduct themselves, how we view others in society and how we form identities in the 21st century.

We Need Another Eric Holder

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What would this country look like if we had not more guns, nor more fear of each other, but more trust? Trust, when broken, takes time and will and work to (re)-establish. We need you Eric Holder, and another like you. We need thousands of leaders and citizens like you.

The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

That Other Syndrome

Laurie Townshend | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

You are being distracted from the true debilitating disease plaguing this nation, namely DBLS: Disposable Black Life Syndrome.

What Can You Do For Brown?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

We have tried peaceful protest. We have tried civil unrest and "riots." We have tried documentaries, lectures, sit-ins and speeches. We have tried feature films. Yet it is still not enough. Our lives, Black lives, specifically Black male lives are not on par with those of soon to be minority white lives in this country.

Maureen Ryan

Shonda Rhimes, The New York Times And Why We Need 'Black-ish'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment

It was pretty clever of ABC to get the New York Times to do stealth marketing for the network's promising new comedy, "Black-ish," which premieres Wed...

Michael Brown and Me: Profiling, Preachers and Tasers

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

Is there any fairness in the American justice system? Can people of every racial/ethnic group be confident that they will receive equal treatment under the law? The shooting of Michael Brown raises these questions and more.

Gen X'ers Are Greatly Concenred About Future Financial Prospects

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

The generation of divorced parents, (many, not all of us), latch key kids, victims of fluctuations in the nations' economy, sporadic international crisis, deadly sexually transmitted diseases and other significant milestones will turn 50 years old next year!