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Bree Took A Stand. Will You?

Jennifer Farmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Jennifer Farmer

Newsome's action was a reminder to abandon the comfort and relative safety of insipid discontent. If we want more, we have to demand more.

Raw and Exposed: Deep Inside a Black Porn Model, Part One

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Typically, the vast majority enter the sex trade in their teens through late twenties. However, this first in a raw and candid three-part series explores why a man of a certain age became a porn actor/model when he was nearly 40--and his career in that industry.

A Few Confederate Flags Down, But Thousands of Trappings Remain

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

No portrait in any house had ever shocked me more. I recently drove through Mississippi, and stopped in a town known for its extensive pre-Civil War architecture.

Why Do Men Fear the Doctor

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Breedlove

My father is 72 years old and he hasn't been to the doctor in almost 40 years. And now that he's older I worry about his health even more. When I appr...

Dylann Storm Roof, the Confederate Flag and Contemporary Racism

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

While the nation has made considerable strides, the fact is that racism is still a potent adversarial force in the lives of far too many Black Americans. This is evident in chronically unemployment rates in many Black (and Brown) communities. Obscenely high incarceration among Black men.

To Be Black and Southern

Amanda Bennett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Bennett

As long as the South cultivates an environment that equates "Southern pride" with violent racism and exclusionary practices, individuals like Roof will continue to possess a toxic sense of their own supremacy and convince themselves that they have the right to take more black lives.

Beyond the Charleston 9: A Call to Honor Our Community Leaders More

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Right now there is a young black leader in our neighborhood that embodies their spirit -- let's encourage that before it's too late.

Explaining White Supremacy to 'Innocent' White People

Jared Loggins | Posted 06.19.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

White supremacy doesn't exist on its own. It is constructed. It has an origin and it will have a death. But it does not exist as this big vast structure without a captain at the helm.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

The Long and Proud History of Charleston's AME Church

Manisha Sinha | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Manisha Sinha

Established by Reverend Richard Allen, a former slave and Methodist preacher, the A.M.E. is the oldest black denomination in the country. Its roots lie in one of the first black religious and mutual help societies, the Free African Society founded by Philadelphia blacks in 1787.

A Quick Note on Transracial vs. Transgender

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

The only thing transracial and transgender have in common is their prefix.

Some Kids Dream Of Being Rappers. I Dreamed Of Being A Father

Dr. Mark Echols | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Mark Echols

My dad was my hero. While many young boys dreamed of being policemen, firemen, lawyers, doctors, actors, basketball players or even rappers when they grew up, I had only one concrete goal: I wanted to grow up and have a family that I could take care of like my father did.

A Few Things I'd Like to #AskRachel

Tyree Rush | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree Rush

I do believe that transracial identity is a legitimate issue and one worth further investigation and acceptance by mainstream society, however, there is something unsettling in the way that Rachel Dolezal attempted to infiltrate black culture.

What We Ignore When Talking About the #CarefreeBlackBoy Movement

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

To not acknowledge that the current #Carefreeblackboy movement is not a euphemism for rich black men who can afford to do whatever they want safely is inconsiderate and problematic to black survival as well.

"In Their Own Words," Part III

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.15.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Ideas and Answers- PART III of a 3-part series on the Black Classical Singer experience. "And in so many ways, that never-failing miracle -- the cons...

Harm & Neglect: A Black Lives Matter Public Service Announcement

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Our voice will always be our greatest weapon. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. I choose to speak life for those whose voices have been eternally silenced.

Demonization of Black Women Often Begins at the Womb

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Black women, like Black people in general, have long languished on the margins of society. These aforementioned examples provide ample evidence that this is indeed the case.

No More Mutants

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

I began comics with Archie, but those quickly faded to the wayside as the characters didn't challenge me. The day that I was introduced to The Uncanny X-Men, everything clicked. I immediately identified with them for two reasons. I was black and gay.

Dixon White Is Back with Another Rant Against White Racism (VIDEO)

Dixon White | Posted 06.11.2015 | Black Voices
Dixon White

I was just an ordinary Southern guy that, when I wasn't working to pay the rent, I spent my free time trying to learn and grow in anti-racism and social-justice work. Then suddenly, my whole world unexpectedly was turned upside down when I made a couple of videos about race in America.

Not Your Mother's James Baldwin

Chase Quinn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Chase Quinn

A collage of song, multi-media and narrative poetry, Notes of a Native Song is as much an ode to the prolific artist and author of the essay Notes of a Native Son, as it is a critique of the canonization of Baldwin's work and the sterilization of his public image.

Google Would Never Hire a Person Like Me

Anthony Mays | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony Mays

I am super proud to be a Googler. My background isn't normal compared to the rest of my colleagues-not by a long shot. But I am convinced that Google wants to give everyone a fair shot, no matter where they're from or what they look like.

Julia Craven

App Moving #BlackLivesMatter Movement Into Real World | Julia Craven | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facilitating meaningful conversations about race isn’t an easy feat, but a local collaborative effort is up to the challenge. Blac...

Conservatives, Stop Scapegoating President Obama for the State of Race Relations

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Many Republican politicians, pundits and loyal GOP voters have targeted President Obama as the reason for the current state of race relations in our nation. As those in the land of rock-ribbed republicanism see it, our current commander-in-chief is the primary reason that the racial situation is less than desirable.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

Spreading Cultural Education From Middle America

Lola Olley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Lola Olley

This Nigerian-born mother of four has Polish School to thank in part for her most recent life change -- yes, Polish School.