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The Grass Is Greener Where?

Kemi Nekvapil | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Kemi Nekvapil

If you are feeling that the grass is greener over there, and perhaps a little dry and arid over here, here are some ways to start watering your own grass today.

We Need Real Talk About Black Girls And Women

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices

All this week, experts are gathering at 3p.m. EST to talk about challenges black women and girls face as single mothers, low-wage workers, professiona...

Michelle Obama Declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

AP | Nekesa Mumbi Moody | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at...

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

There's a Rock Band Named Black Pu**y -- And That's Not Okay

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sara Haile-Mariam

While I'm mustering the bravery to proudly and persistently proclaim that black lives matter, a band of white guys from Portland are running around calling themselves "Black Pussy" with no consideration for how that registers in the mind of a black girl who has actually been reduced to that by a stranger.

5-Year-Old Portrays Iconic Black Heroines In This Incredible Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

Two parents on a mission to teach their daughter the value of self-empowerment reached their goal which resulted in the coolest photo portrait series ...

4 Non-Profits That Empower Black Girls

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

There are so many non-profits out there, sometimes it is challenging to find one that you would like to support, and as a mom to 3 extraordinary brown girls, it is important to me that I support organizations that help to build, encourage and empower young black girls within our communities.

Confronting Obstacles to Self-love as a Black Woman

Arielle Chase | Posted 03.06.2015 | Black Voices
Arielle Chase

Not only are black women often placed in situations where they are the only person of color, they are also expected to uphold certain European standards of beauty as well as serve as the prototype for what other black women "should" be like.

'Make Me a Woman'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sarye Huggins is a high school senior in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, a community disproportionately plagued by poverty and violence. Her journey from being a smart, shy girl attending some of the poorest and roughest schools in New York City towards becoming a strong, confident young woman has not been easy.

An Open Letter to My Mom and Black Women

N'Kosi Oates | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
N'Kosi Oates

Multiracial, intergenerational communities have proudly proclaimed that Black lives matter. But "Black lives matter" seems to be associated only with Black men. I want to tell you, Mom, that when I chant those three words, when I march, lie in the streets, or raise my hands symmetrically in the air, I do so to assert your humanity too. You are worthy.

'I Am Not My Hair': Zendaya's Response to Ignorant Comment

Nancy Laws | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

I was truly disappointed to see that a woman could go out of her way to say something so ignorant about another woman. I would hope that a woman who has been given a platform where she can speak her mind would want to use that platform to empower women not tear them down.

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.

Mass Incarceration's Impact on Black and Latino Women and Children

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

As Americans, we know the overwhelming impact incarceration has on our children and our communities. No longer can we afford to sit idle on the sidelines with bated breath and watch our communities deteriorate. Instead, we must place stronger demands on our government.

Honoring the Strength and Power of Black Women Everywhere

Kara Stevens | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

I hope this act of public self-defining and self-healing by Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is not overlooked.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

This YouTube Sensation Is Not Your Average Black Stereotype

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.18.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Issa Rae, the bright mind behind "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," has been lauded by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Lena Dunham for her ...

'Awkward Black Girl' Creator Says TV's Racial Diversity Is 'Money Driven'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices

Issa Rae, creator of the the hilariously uncomfortable YouTube series "The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl," admits racial diversity is on the ris...

An Apology to My Fellow Black Woman

Nancy Laws | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

My husband, whom I married at the age of 22 was my first African-American friend and the first black man outside of our close knit African community that I dated. Not only was he nothing like what I thought he may have been--neither were his mother and sister.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

15 Black Women Whose Lives Mattered, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices

Three months after Tanisha Anderson lost her life in an incident with Cleveland police officers, the community is still waiting for answers. The 37...

And We Deserve to Twinkle

Ivy Nyayieka | Posted 02.12.2015 | College
Ivy Nyayieka

Every time someone asks me whether I would like to move back home when I finish school, I say, "I don't know." But I say it in the way I say things that my heart knows but my brain is opposing. It scares me which tragedy humanity would bestow my sons if I raised them in the U.S, and which tragedy my daughters if I raised them in Kenya.

Why Are There No White Guys in Black Feminist Thought?

Aliza Vigderman | Posted 02.11.2015 | College
Aliza Vigderman

White men, who held the most power in society, could evoke change in a way that women and people of color simply could not. Clearly, things have changed since slavery. But gaps between race and gender still exist, privileging the white man over every other group.

An Illustrative Identity of Fashion and Style Throughout African-American History and Movements

Danielle James | Posted 02.10.2015 | Style
Danielle James

Fashion, throughout history, has created an illustrative identity within African-American history. Fashion is a statement and speaks volumes with little to no words.

An Open Letter to My 3 Extraordinary Brown Girls

Nancy Laws | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

You will hear a lot about what it means to be a black woman -- some good, and a lot of it bad. In those moments, when you sit back, confused, and striving to find your own definition of what it means to be a black girl in America, I want you to think about a few things.

The Ahead-Of-Her-Time Black LGBT Activist You Need To Know About

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Every February during Black History Month, we recognize pioneers like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King who have pushed the civil rights agenda forwar...