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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 04.27.2015 | 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.

The Myth of Black Gay Privilege

James Jones | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
James Jones

Does "black gay privilege" still hold when trying to negotiate a raise or a promotion? It is one thing to evaluate a person's multiple social identities on paper and quite another to evaluate that individual in person.

Black Spirituality Matters Featuring OSHUN NYC

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

Black spirituality in America manifests itself in various ways. The black church, the mosque, traditional African practices and other religions aid African Americans in coping with being treated like second-class citizens.

How Much Is the Weave in the Window?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

I don't believe anything is done by accident, the hair weave industry is a billion dollar industry with a large percentage of it being by black dollars. We can definitely choose any style we want but let's be wise and conscious of why?

Unmasking Black Gay Privilege

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

I have benefitted from black gay privilege throughout my career as a senior human resources, financial and diversity officer. I have accessed spaces and opportunities that "stereotypical" black men were not able to access.

Study: What Your Favorite Color Says About Your Value as a Human Being

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.07.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Some people looked at the dress and saw white and gold. Some people looked at the dress and saw blue and black. I looked at the dress and saw 1980s pro wrestling legend Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Scientists say it has something to do with the reflection of the light.

Police Chief On Fatal Shooting Of Tony Robinson: 'Folks Are Angry...I Get That'

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 05.09.2015 | Black Voices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin's capital city was praying with th...

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

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.05.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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.