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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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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.

A Black Family Call to Action to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

As HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact Black people, it is important to recognize key factors contributing to high rates of HIV infection.

Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

Katrina Sands | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Katrina Sands

How many names do you remember? How many have you even heard of? How many more do you need to read before you believe that a pattern exists?

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Why I Wear All Black, All the Time

Christina Grasso | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Christina Grasso

lack is a subconscious means for me to put people off, in a way, to stay somewhat hidden, to hold on to secrets, to preserve the unknown.

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

No, Being Black and Gay Does Not Suck

Maurice Tracy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

Apparently it sucks to be a black gay guy. At least that is what "Stevie" over at gayguys.com claims in his post "20 Reasons It Sucks To Be A Gay Black Man." I am over articles like this one, which measures our worth as gay men by white men's standards.

College: A Third Grader's Dilemma

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Nikkya Hargrove

As I reflect on the very different journeys I took from that of my mother's, I can't help but ask, why? Why didn't she want a better future for herself?

Eerie Interiors

ZOOM interiors | Posted 12.29.2014 | HuffPost Home
ZOOM interiors

Halloween is one of the cheesiest traditions. That's right, cheesy. It is supposed to be scary, yet somehow it turns into a cheesefest, stinky enough to make Switzerland proud.

Black Women Less Biased Against 'Masculine' STEM Fields

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The research team tested participants at an unconscious level through an implicit association test. They were able to look at the way the participants internally felt about STEM gender biases.

Illinois Is Killing Black Opportunity

Hilary Gowins | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois is home to a vicious cycle that prevents its black residents from reaching their full potential, and too little attention is being paid to the numbers driving it.

Navy Blue Is The New Black

The Huffington Post | Megan Mayer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Style

Now that we're solidly into fall that means that winter is just around the corner. But you know what that means -- winter colors! No more summer brig...

The Price Of Black Life: A Response To Sperm Bank Lawsuit Over Black Baby

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Perhaps only cognitive dissonance could possibly define the couple's "deep love" for their daughter while simultaneously objecting to an essential part of her existence, her Blackness.

An Open Letter to Black America: Why You Should Want the Redskins Name Changed, Too

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Just like school districts had to do with segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the NFL should have to explain why it's OK to treat Natives different than every other race.