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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.

Amandla Stenberg: Black Female Bodies Are Treated As Less Than Human

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices

“Do black females lives matter, too?”  That's the big question  16-year-old Amandla Stenberg posed on Instagram on Su...

Fried, Dyed, and Laid to the Side: Memories of the Hot Comb!

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 07.08.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Saturday mornings in my childhood were sometimes like something out of an Annie Lee or an Ernie Barnes painting. Like millions of other little black girls in the '60s with curly, kinky, or coarse hair, this was the appointed time to have one's hair "did."

Charleston Shootings: The Intersection Of Race And Gender

Anushay Hossain | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Yes, Black Lives Matter and so do the lives of Black women.

3 Ways Misty Copeland Impacted Our Lives

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

Watching Misty get filled up with emotion about her promotion at her press conference brought tears to my own eyes. I replayed the joy of her accomplishment in my own heart and head all week. All I could think about is that her spirit of perseverance is what I desire for everyone to have to towards their goals and dreams, including my own.

Bad Ass Chicks Challenging the Status Quo, an Exploration of Women in Animation

Nancy Laws | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Nancy Laws

Carrie Tupper, tackled a conversation that clearly, should be had, and I was more than excited to explore this topic. Especially now, as my passion for women in business, as well as the empowerment of young girls continues to grow.

26 Black Female Choreographers And Dancers You Should Know

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Last week Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre Company. It is a ...

Lilly Workneh

This Year's Essence Festival Is Absolutely Incredible | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands trekked to New Orleans this July Fourth weekend to celebrate the much-anticipated 21st annual Essence Festival. This year...

Black Women-Owned Businesses Skyrocket By 322 Percent Since 1997

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, a new study reveals. The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Rep...

Black Women Share Their 'Degrading' Encounters With Police

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

From excessive use of force to unwarranted -- and often sexual -- searches, black women are no exception from the ongoing encounters of police brutali...

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

Minaa B | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Why We're Launching 'Black Health Matters'

Meredith Melnick | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Meredith Melnick

When we talk about structural injustice facing the black community, we cannot forget our health institutions: From research institutions to hospitals to the very profession of medicine, representation of African Americans is woefully low.

The Old Normal: A Tradition of Violence Toward Black Women

Howard Henderson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices
Howard Henderson, Ph.D.

As part of my Fall 2015 PhD Research Colloquium course, I extended the opportunity for my Administration of Justice Doctoral Students to begin writing for the masses. Below you will find the first acceptance of this olive branch by Whitney Threadcraft-Walker.

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...

Unequal Justice

Teresa C. Younger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Teresa C. Younger

Our criminal justice system is not just. If you are a person of color, the very people who are supposed to protect you are often the greatest threat. It is worse for women of color, the fastest growing prison population.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

Rachel Dolezal - White Like Me - A Parody

Juliet Jeske | Posted 06.19.2015 | Comedy
Juliet Jeske

Comedians Kelley Lynn and Juliet Jeske's take on Rachel Dolezal.

You Can Be My Sister Without The Mask

Sydney Latimer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sydney Latimer

You anointed your head with the pain of my tender-headedness after hours of hair-braiding between my mother's knees. You took the click-clack of those hair beads hitting against one another as I ran, skipped and played and made it the soundtrack of your upbringing.