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Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans Is the Must See Film of 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In this documentary, Owino and Washington had 14 people brave enough to sit in the room with each other and talk candidly about their cultural and internal racial differences. "That is a great start... but we need more," Owino admits.

A Look at Race as a Social Construct

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

For those of us from the "multiracial" or mixed race community, photos of our population -- our people, our families, our children -- aren't as shocking as they are an affirmation of what we have already known: Race is a social construct.

How Zendaya Coleman Un-locked Stereotypes

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

Locks are an unapologetically black hairstyle, from their origins to the growing process. And while natural black hair has been put down for hundreds of years in the United States, Zendaya Coleman was showcasing pride.

Why Black History Still Hasn't Paved the Way for Black Transgender People

Leon Cato | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Leon Cato

Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.

A Conversation With Michael Sam

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

Sam was in St. Louis to give the keynote speech at an event organized as part of National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, and he was kind enough to agree to answer a few questions. I told him that my interest was in finding out how he sees himself and his place within the gay community and what he thinks his place is within the Black queer community.

Black Millennials: We Need Your Presence, Not Just Your Success

Rashawn Davis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

These gentrified zones that we tend to migrate to as an "escape" don't need us as much as they need the incomes associated with us. However, there are cities and neighborhoods across this country that are desperate for the presence of strong and successful men and women of color.

President Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Kamala Harris, and the New World Order of Race in America

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

It is foolhardy to reduce a complex human being to something as simplistic as race. Every child knows that one should not judge a book by its cover. Racial categories inevitably evaluate people based upon outward appearances.

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.

Young, Gifted, and Black!

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

The Young, Gifted, and Black Conference at Smith College physically and figuratively expressed black visibility at predominantly white institutions. The conference consisted of workshops led by Smith College professors, students, and alums.

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 Won't My Family and Friends Do More to Help My Business?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

So often this is the question I get from so many business owners I speak to. They say they expect so much more is from the people that are closer to them.

A Black Queer Boy Sees an HIV Statistic

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

I was born in 1982. I have known about HIV and AIDS, seemingly, as long as I have known about any real thing of importance. I know how not to contract the virus. It seems so easy. But, life is not easy; it is not a classroom.

Trap for Leaders: How Power Impacts the Brain and Relationships

Robert Hall | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Robert Hall

The growing need for engaged, productive stakeholders is not filled magically. It requires a specific, intentional brand of leading - Relational Leadership.

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Black Lives Matter, So Do Our Voices

Rashawn Davis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

A few weeks ago, former Governor Deval Patrick took his ceremonial "lone walk" out of the Massachusetts State House to cap-off what had been a historic eight years as the first African American governor of a state that is roughly 83 percent white.

5 Real Ways to Actually Support Black-Owned Businesses

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

True, social justice and political activism can help solve many of the continuous problems facing our community, but what about economic growth and stability to help heal our struggling neighborhoods?

Living in a Self-Segregated World

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

It is one thing to profess the values that all people are equal and that we celebrate diversity, but how many people of a different race do you have over for dinner? Do you live in your home what you say you believe?

The Worst And Best Ways To Ask Someone About Their Race (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

Things can get tricky -- and sometimes offensive -- when asking someone: “What are you?” But producers over at Moral Courage TV, a YouTube cha...

To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant: Sasha Alexander

J Mase III | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
J Mase III

This summer, I started a series focusing on the lives of black trans leaders. The second in this series of many to come, is Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media and the hashtag #BlackTransEverything.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

A Street Art Festival Takes Root Across The Walls Of Malaysia

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.11.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Urban Exchange: Crossing Over 2014 is a brand new street art festival in George Town, Penang in Malaysia. In November they hosted 16 artists to paint ...

16 Quotes To Remind America That Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

Suddenly, he paused, looked at me intently and said, 'Son, you're a black male, and that's two strikes against you.' To the general public, anything that I did would be perceived as malicious and deserving of severe punishment and I had to govern myself accordingly. I was seven years old.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.