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Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

When The Man You Love Asks You To Lose Weight

Akela Stanfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Akela Stanfield

I yelled at him and told him he did not love me. Love would not notice the 300 pounds my 5'3" frame carried. Confused, he just stared at me; he knew more than anyone how desperately I wanted and needed to lose weight. He alone knew all my secrets. He heard my disappointments. He hoped for my future.

Everything Is the NEW BLACK: REALLY!

Earl Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Smith, Ph.D.

We are personally and professionally offended by this co-opting of the very worst experiences that African Americans in this country endured by marginalized groups and by those who write about them and make films about them.

The Slaying of Renisha McBride Casts Another Ugly Glare on the Peril to Black Women

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In far too many cases where young black women have been victimized there were endless and predictable efforts to dig up any and every bit of damaging information about their history or lifestyle to in effect virtually blame them for their own unjustified killing.

Is SNL Ready for a Black Woman?

Kerry Coddett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kerry Coddett

If SNL isn't finding great black female talent, maybe it's because the characters we want to play don't fall in line with the caricatures they're used to seeing. Maybe it's SNL that isn't ready -- to be progressive, break tradition and have a writing team that isn't 95 percent white for once.

WATCH: You Won't Want To Miss This Riveting Discussion On Black Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

On Friday afternoon, The New School hosted a riveting conversation with bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) and Melissa Harris-Perry on race, black woman...

PHOTOS: Check Out These Lovely Locks!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices

Our hair is magical. We can transform it from year to year, month to month, week to week or even minute to minute. It's that versatility, no matter th...

Black Women, Interracial Dating, and Marriage: What's Love Got to Do With It?

Tiya Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Tiya Miles

Whiteness has been a privileged and prized identity in the U.S.; our national culture has made it this way. So when black men select white women and de-select black women, they are doing so in a context of charged racial meanings.

Invisible Black Women and the Real Scandal

Stephen Palacios | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Palacios

Saturday night, SNL tried to defuse criticism for its persistent lack of black women comediennes in its cast in the only way it could -- through humor. Kerry Washington hosted, and was forced to play Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce.

Why Black Women Love Scandal

Tulani Elisa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Tulani Elisa

We're not accustomed to being wanted. Lusted after, yes. Fantasized about, no doubt. Objectified, without question. But wanted, loved, dreamed for? Not so much. This, is why black women love Scandal. Everything about it is against how we're usually depicted on TV and in movies.

bell hooks Offers Her Perspective On Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Concept

The Feminist Wire | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices

Mass media (along with Sandberg) is telling us that by sheer strength of will and staying power, any woman so inclined can work hard and climb the cor...

Black Women Face a Greater Risk of Domestic Violence

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Josh Sugarmann

The high toll gun violence exacts on black males is all too well known. Less known is the fact that black women also face a disproportionate risk of lethal violence. We should not sit back and accept a society where black women face a higher chance of getting killed.

Black Woman Named CEO Of Major Philanthropic Foundation

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.23.2013 | Black Voices

A black woman has just been named as president and CEO of one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. According to a press ...

From Humble Beginnings to the White House: The Story of Monique Dorsainvil

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a child, I imagined the inner workings of the White House to be similar to the scenes I watched on The West Wing television show. As I grew older, I finally began to see past this Hollywood façade in exchange for a realistic view.

Black Female Comedian Nyima Funk Is Not Ready for SNL!

Erica Watson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices
Erica Watson

When asked about why he feels SNL does not have any black women in the cast, Thompson responded "In auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."

Young African-American Women Affected Most by Uterine Fibroids

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Tasha Mitchell

A recent study in the Journal of Women's Health revealed that young African-American women, ages 29-39, suffer the most complications from uterine fibroids. I can relate as I -- and so many other women I know -- have experienced health issues and lifestyle disruptions due to fibroid tumors.

Are Black Women In Media Only Baby Mamas And Gold Diggers?

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.15.2013 | Black Voices

Character's like Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope on "Scandal", and Nicole Beharie's Lt. Abbie Mills on "Sleepy Hollow" are a breath of fresh air for ma...

And The Black Girls Rock Honorees Are...

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 10.17.2013 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- ATLANTA (AP) — Patti Labelle is a known diva and Queen Latifah does not consider herself one, but both will be among those honored as par...

WATCH: Essence's Mikki Taylor Dishes On The Real Secret To Success

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices

Since joining Essence magazine's staff over 30 years ago, Mikki Taylor has been dedicated to the business of empowering black women. It's that legacy ...

Monae Everett, Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hairstylist, Talks Breaking Into The Industry, Homemade Hair Recipes & More

Justine Kay | Posted 12.07.2013 | Style
Justine Kay

A wealth of knowledge for upcoming makeup artists and hairstylists.

WATCH: From 'Julia' To 'Scandal,' A Look At The Roles Of Black Women On TV

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

To see someone on television that looks like you is a powerful feeling. It’s a feeling one can take for granted if their image is the one that domi...

Brilliant Black Fiction: Mia McKenzie's The Summer We Got Free

Yolo Akili | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Yolo Akili

Within this book's pages, I found a range of black characters with complicated intra-psychic lives, sexualities and (Thank God) relationships to the Christian church.

Sheryl Underwood, Re-think Your Judgments on Black Hair

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.04.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Please understand that with all the many issues that are facing blacks in the public sphere, hair should be something we should all strive to look past as a debate.

Natural Hair Moments That Made Headlines

Posted 09.04.2013 | Black Voices

Sheryl Underwood's comments on her show The Talk have, once again, opened the floodgates in the mainstream media about the topic of self-love (or self...

#SmartBlackWomenOnTwitter Hashtag Erupts In Response To Fast Company Article

Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices

Another list, another moment of "unintended racism." The latest news item to set off black twitter is Fast Company's list titled "25 Of The Smarte...