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All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color

Monique Miles | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Monique Miles

While overall rates of disconnection from society are likely to trend down as the nation recovers from the Great Recession, history suggests that disconnected young men of color are in danger of being permanently left behind, and this has implications for future generations.

Talib Kweli Donates $100,000 To Ferguson Protestors

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices

While mainstream media has been noticeably mum regarding the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teen Mic...

Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline: Why Education Is the Liberation of Black Youth

Jonathan Stith | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jonathan Stith

In order to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and end the mentacide of Black youth, we need a radical transformation.

Don't Be Like That: Does Black Culture Need To Be Reformed?

The New Yorker | Kelefa Sanneh | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was just after eight o’clock on a November night when Robert McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, announced that a grand jur...

BCLA "Walks-In" With Boston Activists

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 03.08.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

"The last six months were always in a state of flux. It constantly moved in out and of joyfulness, sorrow, love, change, determination and defeat."

Will Big Mama's House Exist for the Generations to Come?

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.01.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Not only is the phenomenon of the single black woman with children ever increasing but now the single black woman is faced with the prospect of never being married and being happy with the single girl friends, a good job, and a miniature dog. One would question, what does that do for the fate of the black family?

Every 28 Hours...

Charlene A. Carruthers | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Charlene A. Carruthers

A Black person in America is killed by a police officer or a person protected by the state every 28 hours. We take action in the name of ending anti-Black police-state violence and ask that you join us in nonviolent direct action wherever you are in the world.

Artist Organizes Community Gun Buyback In New Orleans

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts

The rate of children killed by gun violence in the United States is several times higher than that of any other wealthy nation, with black male teens ...

A New, Safer Chicago? End the Grass Gap

Charlene A. Carruthers | Posted 12.01.2014 | Chicago
Charlene A. Carruthers

If Chicago's policymakers and decision makers are committed to building a new and safer Chicago where all of its residents can thrive, taxpayer dollars must be spent on what our most vulnerable communities need.

Celebrities Pay Homage To Michael Brown During Funeral Service

Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices

More than two weeks after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, hundreds gathered along with t...

Talib Kweli On Michael Brown Shooting: 'We Don't Need To Calm Down'

Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

Among the many demonstrators seeking justice for the killing of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown, rapper Talib Kweli has been active on the front lin...

Spike Lee: 'There's A War On The Black Male And It's Tearing The Country Apart'

Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices

Throughout the course of his filmmaking career, Spike Lee has been very vocal on his personal views on social issues and politics. So it comes as no s...

T.I. On Ferguson Turmoil: 'America Has Created A Monster'

Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices

Since the news of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown’s shooting, the world has placed a spotlight on the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and th...

Michael Brown's Mom: Do You Know How Hard It Was For Me To Get Him To Graduate?

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

--Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, opens up to reporters on the difficulty of raising her son. (New York Times) ...

Rapper Mourns For Michael Brown In Tribute Song

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

A week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country are demanding j...

Keke Palmer Reveals Plans To Join Ferguson Protest

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

As she prepares for her historical role as the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway beginning Sept. 9, Keke Palmer has also expressed...

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

Celebrities React To Mike Brown's Fatal Shooting On Twitter

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

As questions remain unanswered surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, critics across the country c...

Unrest In Streets After Police Kill Unarmed Black Teen

AP | JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR | Posted 10.10.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest...

My Brother's Keeper Is a Great Fathers' Day Gift for Our Children

Melanie L. Campbell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Melanie L. Campbell

When President Obama announced his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, the Black Women's Roundtable was present to witness this historic announcement during Black History Month. We remember vividly the air of excitement and anticipation that reverberated in the room, on social media and across the country.

I Just Called the Cops On a Group of Young Black Boys

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I wasn't expecting my walk home to be like this at all. "I just called the cops on a group of young black boys. I feel horrible." I'd just entered m...

Asking for More for Young Black Gay Men

Matthew Rose | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

These goals seek to further the abilities of these young men, who grew up in a world that gives them ample examples of the price of business as usual. However they sit at a point of change, to move the needle is a different direction.

'My Brother's Keeper' Is a Keeper

Nia Hamm | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

On its face, sure, the President's initiative seems small. In fact the $150 million that has already been invested in the program could probably go a long way to improving circumstances for male youth of color in Chicago alone. But it is a step in the right direction.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.