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Learning How to Respect Your Struggles

Minaa B | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

Respect Your Struggle believes that in life there is room for failure. You don't have to be afraid of being different. You don't always have to be strong. You are not alone in your suffering, and despite the struggles that you face, your life is deserving of its best chance.

Does Race Impact IVF Success Rates?

Deborah Anderson Bialis | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Anderson Bialis

ltimately, we're left to wonder what might drive such uneven racial performance in a well-regarded clinic and whether such a disparity in outcomes is commonplace. Said differently, is this the only clinic experiencing a problem or is this the only clinic acknowledging its problem?

Stonewall: A Journey to the Past to Create a Future

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

The depiction of events at Stonewall in Emmerich's portrayal serves to add to the myriad of other productions and narratives which have sought to incorrectly portray Stonewall as a white gay male party -- and furthers the harmful view that transgender is a new phenomena.

5 Things 'Bring It On' Taught Us About Intersectional Feminism

Tyree Rush | Posted 08.25.2015 | Women
Tyree Rush

Bring It On satirically addresses social injustices while comically delving into a popular subculture. As it turns out, the Toros of Rancho Carne High were tackling issues of feminism, race, and gender roles well before Rowan Blanchard was a plus sign on a pregnancy test.

Nubian Skin: Embracing Color

Ronda Lee | Posted 08.20.2015 | Style
Ronda Lee

Enter Ade Hassan, the entrepreneur and wonder woman behind Nubian Skin. "Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of color.

What Beauty Means To Black Women In Different Countries

The Huffington Post | Shonitria Anthony | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices

Beauty isn't only defined by superficial means and can take on different interpretations from person to person. “Pretty” is a documentary-...

7 Things Everyone Should Understand About Interracial Relationships

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.12.2015 | Women

Nearly 50 years after Richard and Mildred Loving took on America's anti-miscegenation laws, partners of different racial backgrounds no lon...

How the Return of BET Uncut Would Have Set Us Back

Cierra Lockett | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

The uncensored music videos with women dancing to sexually-charged lyrics were welcomed back with open arms by some. What wasn't considered by that portion of the community was how BET Uncut would set African-Americans back in terms of black women's imagery and sexuality.

Why We're Launching 'Better Black Health'

Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Meredith Melnick

As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the nation, we would be remiss to not use this time as a moment to discuss not just the death, but the preservation and physical conditions of black bodies. Conversations can't end at violence and injury -- instead, we must also acknowledge that health, wellness and the security of quality health care are important aspects of a life well-lived.

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.

The Charge to Be Fair: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Roxane Gay

It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.

Can Please We Stop Apologizing for Being Offended by Offensive Things?

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 08.11.2015 | Women
Kadia Blagrove

It bothers me that Perez apologized for being offended by such an offensive comment. It bothers me even more that she shifted the issue from Osbourne's problematic comment to her sensitivity. Dear Rosie, you were not being too sensitive. Please stop apologizing.

Straight Outta Rape Culture

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

As national outrage over state violence grows, the release of the film should prompt fresh reconsideration of how institutionalized sexual and intimate partner violence against black women continues to be all but invisible in mainstream discourse about black self-determination.

Revisiting My Roots -- Happy Nappy

Ronda Lee | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women
Ronda Lee

The journey has been enlightening. Going natural put me more in touch with my roots, not just my hair follicles but the culture and history of black hair and how black women were socialized to be ashamed of our natural hair.

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

j.n. salters | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.

These 8 Photos Show the Beauty of Being Young, Black, & Proud

Ursula Lauriston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Ursula Lauriston

Wouldn't it be great to celebrate black people, just for being black? Nothing is more positive than flipping the script. Where there is oppression, we will uplift. And where there is hate, we'll inject love.

The Second Deadly Assault on Sandra Bland

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If enough mud can be tossed on Bland to cast doubt and suspicion about her character and motives, the hope is that the issue will quietly go away.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

The Endless Benefits of Travel

Kemi Nekvapil | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Kemi Nekvapil

When we move from one place to another we experience movement: I was in a different place yesterday to where I am today; tomorrow I can be somewhere completely different again. In the end, the question is: How far are you willing to travel, and what sort of map do you have to get you there?

Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education: The Architect of the New Civil Rights Movement

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Sheena C. Howard

Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.

Happy Birthday, Living Legend Rachel Robinson

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

On Friday, the nation celebrated what would have been the 153rd birthday of pioneering Civil Rights advocate and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Sunday, July 19, 2015 marked the 93rd birthday of another significant woman of color, Rachel Robinson.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Why Do I Feel So Vulnerable? Thoughts on Police Brutality Against Black Women

Myisha Cherry | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

They say that you can judge a society by the way it treats its women and children. Well, a baby girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, is dead. This week, a 28-year-old woman, Sandra Bland, has joined her.

The Electrifying Rachel Dolezal Story

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

But that's not the main reason parts of Black America are upset with her. People are upset that she CHOSE to live as black woman, and she can CHOOSE to live as a white woman with all rights and privileges restored while everyday black folks can't shed their blackness in favor of being white for a day.

Thank You Andre Leon Tally, Laverne Cox and Andy Cohen for Reminding Us That Black Women Do Not Matter

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

As members of the Black community, Andre Leon Tally and Laverne Cox represent a microcosm of the ways in which we allow Black women and girls to be slaughtered both physically and mentally without pushback.