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Sandra Bland's Mother Says Cop's Perjury Charge Is 'Not Justice'

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) -- The mother of a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop in July expressed outrage Thursday that the white st...

Amandla's Teen Vogue Cover Story By Solange Is As Epic As It Sounds

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices

Amandla Stenberg is featured on the February cover of Teen Vogue! The powerful cover story on Stenberg, written by fashion and music guru Solange Know...

Essence Magazine Celebrates #BlackGirlMagic In Exciting New Issue

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices

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Let's Talk About Colorism In The Natural Hair Community

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.08.2016 | Black Voices

I only wore my hair natural maybe a handful of times last year.  If my hair wasn't wrapped up in box braids or faux locs, it was blown out and fl...

Philly Is Home to the First Black Woman-Owned Comic Book Store

Erika Hardison | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

I was on Facebook when I saw this link about this black woman in Philly that has opened a comic book and coffee shop. I was elated myself. Can you say, "road trip?"

The Story of Us

Orlando Jones | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
Orlando Jones

As I reflect on the year behind and the year to come, the greatest lesson I've learned and I want to impart is the need to control our own narrative across all facets of our digitally connected lives both in our fiction and IRL (in real life).

"Adventure Saved My Life"-Black Adventuristas Founder Veronica Garnett

Beyond Classically Beautiful | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Beyond Classically Beautiful

Veronica Garnett describes herself in many ways. She's a black feminist. She is a graduate of Howard University and a Masters degree holder from Columbia University. Her schooling led her to become a registered dietitian specializing in HIV care and women's health. She is is also an adventurer

Maybe My Son Will Be White

Mica McGriggs | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Mica McGriggs

I want my Black children have the safety and security of their White peers. I want white-supremacy overthrown and this nation to see a revolution that liberates Black and brown bodies. I want to hold on to the dream of my Black children.

Stigma Mustn't Stop Us From Discussing HIV and Mass Incarceration

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.24.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

What's striking is not so much the strength of the argument but rather the public discussion that has started around it -- one illustrating the power of stigma to influence the conversation around HIV/AIDS.

These Black Women Died In Police Encounters, And They May Never Get Justice

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.28.2015 | Black Voices

In all likelihood, Sandra Bland would still be alive today if she'd been a white woman.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said th...

Sandra Bland's Case Highlights Some Lax Texas State Police Practices

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas grand jury that declined to indict anyone over the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland could still charge the trooper who s...

The Academy Is Poised to Strike Down a Generation of Black Feminists One Beyonce Class at a Time

OmiseekeTinsley | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices

What unnerved the department was that a black woman could be placed at the center of academic inquiry, and that black women's thought was proving more engaging to this generation of students than that of European feminists or American historians. In the quest for a safe space, will my Beyoncé course be the next to go?

To Donald Trump, From 'A Black'

Evan de Lara | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices
Evan de Lara

Never did a person say that Nixon ruined every other white man's chance at presidency, because white people are defined by characteristics other than their race. When you look at President Obama, when you look at people like me, Mr. Trump, do you only see a black face?

Female Marines Can Finally Wear Locks And Twists In Their Hair

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices

Women in the Marine Corps can now wear their hair in locks and twists as a part of their uniform for the first time ever. “For some, this chang...

A Trial Date Has Been Set In Sandra Bland's Wrongful-Death Suit

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.18.2015 | Black Voices

HOUSTON (AP) -- A judge on Thursday set a 2017 trial date for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a black woman who died in a Texas jail ...

Standing in Solidarity: A Faith-Rooted Call to Action With and for Black Women and Girls

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Together, we can stand in solidarity, striding to a faith-filled future of freedom from sexism, freedom to live into an economy that values that worth and work of black women and girls.

Natural Hair In Review, 2015: Weave (Glue and Tracks), Creamy Crack and Wigs Are Being Left Behind

Patti R. Rose | Posted 12.16.2015 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

So for the New Year (2016), I hope that the creamy crack, weaves (glue and tracks) and wigs will continue to be left behind for Black women. Also, departing from straightening combs, flat irons, and blow dryers will be an added move toward self-love, in terms of embracing natural hair.

Daniel Holtzclaw And The Reality Of Police Brutality Against Black Women

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.12.2015 | Black Voices

The decision was reached on his 29th birthday. After four full days of deliberation, former Oklahoma cop Daniel Holzclaw was found guilty of rap...

This Woman Proves Black Women Can Rock ANY Beauty Trend

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Style

The idea that black women -- especially those with dark skin -- can't or shouldn't wear brightly colored lipstick is the type of archaic and misguided...

Daniel Holtzclaw, James Deen and War Machine: Sexual Assault Within and Against Marginalized Communities

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

Now is a powerful moment of mainstream media attention to sexual assault of victims that often get ignored -- because they're sex workers, because they're promiscuous, because they drank, because they are black, because they are poor, or because they have criminal convictions.

10 Daily Positive Affirmations For When Black Lives Forget That They Matter

Minaa B | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

As a black woman, I feel as if I have to be more in tune with my humanness- I can't just focus on my soul, but the body that houses it and the flesh that gives it substance.

Black Women Must Leverage Their Power At The Ballot Box. Shirley Chisholm Knew That

Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.

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.