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Why Every Black Girl is Mary Jane Paul

Patrice Robinson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Patrice Robinson

Mary Jane embodies that Black woman struggle that is only seen in our living rooms and behind the big oakwood closed doors of an expensive therapy session. This isn't the stuff that we like to talk about. These aren't the issues that we like to admit to others or ourselves that really do exist.

On the Anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, Black Women Matter

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

They didn't "drink the Kool Aid." They came from all over the United States--black teachers from Los Angeles, white Pentecostals from Indianapolis, black Southern transplants at the tail end of the Great Migration, Vietnam vets and ex-hippies from San Francisco.

Media Diversity Is a Global Issue

Antonia Opiah | Posted 11.12.2015 | Media
Antonia Opiah

Shows like Scandal, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat lead the way to a more diverse TV landscape. Outside of the U.S., however, there's still much more work to be done.

Appealing To Black Women Should Be A Top Priority For Presidential Candidates

Keisha N. Blain | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Keisha N. Blain

Despite their influence at the polls, black women's concerns are undervalued in contemporary political campaigns. Few presidential candidates have been vocal about black women's vulnerability to state-sanctioned violence. Candidates who ignore black women voters do so at their own peril.

Childhood Influences: Where Ideas Are Born

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Many of us remember movies from our childhood, their effect on us then and now. Sure, I saw all the Disney releases of my generation, but I was raised by a single mother and old movies shown on late night TV were my babysitters.

To My Mormon LGBT Brothers And Sisters: God Knows And Loves You

Mica McGriggs | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

Churches at their foundation operate as ministers, vehicles that deliver people to their healing, wholeness, liberation and salvation. What churches don't get to do is determine who enters the vehicle.

Recy Taylor and the Atrocious Legacy of All-White Juries

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

The jury selection in the Holtzclaw case is an atrocity that would not have been countenanced if the situation were reversed.

(Black) Girl, Unnoticed

Amanda Bennett | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Bennett

For all the black girls who have ever pined for a white boy, only to be degraded or denied the opportunity to have a respectful and public relationship, I can say only one thing: it's not your fault. It's never been your fault.

Behind The Social Movement That's Raising Awareness Of Police Violence Against Black Women

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices

A social activist group is aiming to raise awareness of the female victims of police violence by creating a campaign around T-shirts bearing the women...

'Too Many Times To Count': My Experiences Of Racism At The University Of Missouri

Cynthia Frisby | Posted 11.09.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Frisby

I have lived in Columbia and been at the university for almost 18 years. During this time, I have been called the n-word too many times to count. Yes, we are better off now than we were in the '50s, but to some extent, we are taking many steps backward by ignoring or not talking about the racial issues.

Let's Talk About Sexism in the Black Church

Eboni Marshall Turman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Eboni Marshall Turman

Without black women administering the ministry, praying for the pastor, teaching the children, singing in the choir, cooking in the kitchen, answering the phones, photocopying the bulletin, and testifying to the goodness of the Lord on Wednesday nights, there is no Black Church.

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters?

Jenee Darden | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jenee Darden

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters is the play I've been waiting for. In her one-woman show, actress and writer Echo Brown, 31, powerfully shares her personal experience of love, sexuality, interracial dating, abuse, race and so much more.

Too Much, Too Soon

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Whether biological, adoptive, spiritual or communal, mother and father figures have in our might the power to shape society's next thinkers and change-agents. Yet, sometimes parents get it wrong.

'We Cannot Continue To Wait For Something To Show Up On A Video To Ask For Change.'

AP | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.01.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black men are not alone when it comes to difficult relations with the police. Black women are having a tough time too. From t...

The 8th Pan African Congress Faces New Age of Struggles and Triumphs

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The Pan African Congress has solidified Black solidarity worldwide fighting for racial equality, human rights, access to a quality education and economic upward mobility. Within these struggles globalized support has emerged providing additional resources and backing.

Is Zola's Epic Twitter Story Empowering Or Disturbing Or Both?

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices

On Tuesday morning, Twitter user _zolarmoon, who also goes by Aziah King, used her account to write an epic story in 150 tweets. Her first twe...

Black Girls Deserve Protection From Police Too

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

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This Blog Is Giving A Voice To Black Women's Deepest Insecurities

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices

To be a black woman today is to be in a constant fight to love yourself. From the recent incident at Spring Valley High School, to the perpetuation of...

This Poet Unapologetically Rejects The Stereotypes Black Women Face

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices

Sha’Condria Sibley, a New Orleans-based poet, stepped up to the mic and challenged the many stereotypes black women face in a poem she r...

3 Things Successful African-American Women Do Differently in Business

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Melissa J. Nixon

"How do I grow my business to reach the seven- or eight-figure revenue mark?" For African-American women entrepreneurs, sometimes this aspirational goal can seem light years away as we watch peers who have greater access to resources that help push them past us to the finish line.

When Young Black Women Command The Stage

Katie Tandy | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Katie Tandy

Actress and Oakland native Rolanda Bell opens up about her absent father and the play produced by the Ubuntu Theater Project that brought them back together.

Getting Needed Food Benefits Is Anything But a SNAP | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices

There is a prevalent stigma attached to needing public benefits to survive, even temporarily, but the stigma intensifies when the benefit seeker is a Black woman. We fight both our "strong Black woman" archetypes to admit that we need help, and then turn from that metamorphosis to battle against the "welfare queen" stereotype associated with anti-Blackness.

Why I'm Absolutely An Angry Black Woman

Dominique Matti | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

Because I am not seen as a woman. Because they don't care about my pain. Because they don't believe in my pain. Because they forgive themselves without atoning. Because I'm not free. Because I want more. Because I deserve better.

Amanda Seales Soars In New Hilarious Scripted Comedy, ‘Get Your Life’

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices

EmbedContent(562a82ebe4b0443bb563f1ef,,Embed,html,Some({})) Actress and comedian Amanda Seales released a new scripted comedy Wednesday titled “...

17 Ways Amandla Stenberg Flawlessly Exemplified Black Girl Magic

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices

Amandla Stenberg turns 17 today!  The actress, activist and all-around badass teen has attracted a legion of new fans over the last few months wh...