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It's Time to Take Down the Flag

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

Dylann Roof's bigotry and bloodshed handed America a golden opportunity to begin overcoming a divisive split that began in South Carolina--and rightfully could end there--more than 150 years ago.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

Lupe Fiasco Explains Why The Concept Of White Supremacy Is False

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices

Lupe Fiasco has never been one to shy away from controversial discussions about race, from the death of Michael Brown to the place of Iggy Azalea in h...

70-Year-Old 'Black' Woman Discovers Both Of Her Birth Parents Were White

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

For 70 years, Verda Byrd thought she was an African American woman -- until she recently discovered that both of her birth parents were white. Byr...

Beyond the Charleston 9: A Call to Honor Our Community Leaders More

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Right now there is a young black leader in our neighborhood that embodies their spirit -- let's encourage that before it's too late.

91 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices

When Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last week, it was an act of t...

No Season of Jubilee

Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D.

Mother Emanuel AME Church, famous for being the Church of Denmark Vesey, and one of the oldest churches in South Carolina, is now infamous for the Peculiar Institution of racially motivated hate crimes. Nine souls murdered for the eternal crime of being Black.

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, You Don't Need To Be Black To Care About The Black Community

Josh Levs | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Josh Levs

I've never felt my skin color or racial background preclude me from being able to report on the black community. Issues facing the African-American community are American issues, just like any other issues. They affect us all.

The Word That Will Change the World

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

As long as we divide the world between "us" and "them," what happened in South Carolina will continue to happen until we start using the word that will change the world: WE.

Rachel Dolezal And 'Black Enough'

Diana Montero | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Diana Montero

I have been accused of not being black enough because my mother is from Cuba and my father is from the Dominican Republic. It all started after I spoke Spanish around some of my black friends in junior high and high school. They made the comment that I was not "really black."

Is White Supremacy Inherent to Mormon Doctrine?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Is it enough, white America? Is it enough to make us look at ourselves and wonder -- am I part of this problem? Am I doing anything to change racism? Will my children be part of a new problem or part of a solution? There is a particularly Mormon bent to this problem of racism.

What Does It Mean to Be Black?

Chad Williams | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

We've gone from gross insensitivity to obnoxious oversensitivity. If we are to agree that both race and gender are social constructs, then how can we logically condemn one for identifying with a different race while lauding one for identifying with a different gender?

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down As President Of Spokane NAACP Chapter

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

Rachel Dolezal has stepped down from her position as president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal, a white woman who identified a...

Rachel Dolezal: 'Yes, I Do Consider Myself To Be Black'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices

NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal had choice words Friday for those questioning her ethnicity: “I don’t give two s**ts about what you think.” For ...

This Poet's Powerful Take On ‘Black Privilege' Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

“Black privilege is a myth, is a joke, is a punchline, is a time a teacher asks a little boy what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said alive....

One Lucky Black Trans Girl

Angelica Ross | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Angelica Ross

I hear words like "lucky" used when people describe my life and all the amazing things that are starting to happen for me. I reject that notion.

Why #UnconventionalBlackBeauty Celebrates People Like Me

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

In the black community, we often celebrate those who are Afrocentric as long as they don't look "too African." The funny thing about the hashtag #unconventionalblackbeauty is that most photos were pretty conventional. But partnering these pictures with the word "beauty" has made them unconventional.

Step Into Spring With 3 Colors

Linda Lauren | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Lauren

Recently, I had the pleasure to be a guest expert on HuffPost Live to speak about how painting rooms in particular colors can change your life when ...

Why Black Women in the United States Must Talk About Menstruation Now

Cece Jones-Davis | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cece Jones-Davis

Despite these understandable challenges, I do believe now is the time for us to engage in menstrual hygiene advocacy, for ourselves as well as for women and girls around the world. Our silence about menstruation has kept us psychologically and reproductively sick.

I Dream America

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

If I could remake America, I wouldn't add a thing. She's got it all. Instead, I'd take away some things.

Conversation With Painter Ajamu Kojo

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

My friend painter Ajamu Kojo has been producing beautiful portraits of women for years. I recently got an opportunity to have a long discussion with him in his studio about, painting, women, race, music, barbershops, the human condition and more painting.

Project Runway's Helen Castillo and Her No-Frills Take on Fashion

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.07.2015 | Style
Lauren Kruczyk

Recently, Helen Castillo of "Project Runway All Stars" visited Houston for the Vanity event at Henke and Pillot--a fashion event featuring local models, a cocktail hour, live entertainment, giveaways and a runway show viewing with designers.

What If Clark Kent Was Black?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

All of my favorite shows had white or white-ish characters. All of my heroes were white. All of the "people" that made me laugh were white. All of the people I looked forward to seeing on TV were white. I mean back then this was not really thought of as a big deal. It was the way of the world.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.