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When Your Child Comes Out: Embracing An LGBT Loved One

EBONY.com | Posted 11.04.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

With an increasing number of Black parents being open to exploring the second option, here is some affirming and practical advice from everyday people and LGBT experts on how your family can best support a young person who likely needs it now more than ever.

The Message Queer People Of Color Need To Hear About Relationships

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Partner abuse affects all communities regardless of race or sexual orientation, but one group in particular has made it their mission to prevent unhea...

There Have Been At Least 100 Attacks On Black Churches Since 1956

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

Within the past two weeks, six predominantly black churches in St. Louis, Missouri have been the target of arsonists. The doors of each church have be...

A Woman's Worth: Bill Cosby and Beyond

EBONY.com | Posted 10.21.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Protective thinking in response to a black man accused of sexual crimes is understandable, given America's history of stereotyping black men as predators. But reflexive and unthinking circling of wagons is a damaging reaction that protects the black community from exactly nothing.

Not Just a 'Black' Girl

Kris M. Bell | Posted 10.16.2016 | Black Voices
Kris M. Bell

Relatives and random strangers have attempted to use those innocuous features to define me. To those relatives I am just a Black girl, not multiethnic. To everyone else, I am everything but. In my eyes, though, I am more than a mere racial label.

'You Talk White:' Being Black and Articulate

Keith Powell | Posted 10.13.2016 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

All of my black friends have been told at some point or another during their lifetime that they "talk white." The person who says it likely doesn't know many black people. Black people are generally seen as uneducated thugs. I do not appear to be an uneducated thug. Therefore, I must talk white.

Black, White and Mormon

Mica McGriggs | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

The words Black, White, and Mormon are all important parts of my identity, they were also the title of a conference recently held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The conference attempted to create a platform for a critical conversation; the intersection of race and the LDS church.

Raven-Symoné Speaks Out About Her Offensive 'Black' Names Comment

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.12.2015 | Black Voices

Raven-Symoné posted on Facebook Sunday night to apologize for saying she would not hire someone with a "black"-sounding name. "I’m not going to hi...

'Life Is Not A White Privilege' T-Shirt Makes Racial Inequality More Visible

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices

The message on a basic white T-shirt proudly displays the importance of black lives with just six simple words: "Life is not a white privilege." Z...

Raven-Symoné Said She Wouldn’t Hire Someone With A 'Black' Name

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices

As a co-host on "The View," Raven-Symoné has made her fair share of offensive comments in the past -- and today was no different. On a segment titled...

Ben Carson Says Rupert Murdoch Is No Racist

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday shrugged off a controversial tweet from Rupert Murdoch, in which the executive ...

36 Horror Films Starring Black Actors Who Completely Slayed The Big Screen

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.08.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments and ...

Toddler DJ Gets The Party Started On 'South Africa's Got Talent'

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices

On Sunday's episode of South African TV show, "SA's Got Talent," toddler DJ Oratilwe Hlongwane, who goes by DJ Arch Jr., won over the judges with his ...

Poet Passionately Explains Why Ebonics Is The Backbone Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices

"Ebonics is the official language of the undefined black culture, the native tongue to the underrepresented black American." That is what Steven Wil...

23 Black Actors Who Voiced Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices

Many black stars have voiced our favorite animated characters and entertained us on both the small and big screens. While these actors may not be see...

Tech Leaders Come Together To Solve Industry's Diversity Problem

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.02.2015 | Technology

The tech industry has long faced a challenge that can only be fixed from within -- diversity. And leaders in the industry want a solution. Last weeken...

Mona Scott-Young, End Your Tired Gay Black Male Stereotypes on Love & Hip Hop

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Ernest Owens

I can no longer support and fund the "rich fool" that Mona Scott-Young continues to be. She has exploited nearly every subset our community with no sign of ever stopping or apologizing. As a fan of what I once though was a "guilty pleasure" has now become simply guilt.

11 Carefree Kids Show The Beauty And Joy Of Black Hair

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices

Black kids and their hair are beautiful, magical and carefree -- and one new photo series powerfully reiterates that message. U.K.-based photographe...

Dear Matthew Gates: Thanks For Being Revolutionary

Brian Stewart | Posted 09.25.2016 | College
Brian Stewart

Whether you believe it or not, your decision to own and share your truth has already inspired someone else to do the same. Like yourself, I was raised in a black household, in a black neighborhood, and attended a black church. Like yourself, my experience at my HBCU was bittersweet.

25 Moments That Broke The Mold For Black Artists In Film And TV

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments and ...

What It's Like To Be Gay At A Historically Black University

Matthew Gates | Posted 09.18.2016 | College
Matthew Gates

Being gay at my HBCU is a bittersweet experience for me. Since birth I was raised with the mentality to be "The Man." I was taught to not pursue anything that "threatened" my masculinity. Coming out wasn't an easy road, but in retrospect I wouldn't change a thing.

Cut To Video: Reflections On James Blake, On-Camera Police Brutality

EBONY.com | Posted 09.16.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

One officer told me that if I simply complied with his instructions to show my ID, then I wouldn't have been detained. I demanded to know why I was rushed and restrained with handcuffs. "Why don't you trust police?" the officer shot back.

What Happens if You Are Not Named James Blake

Ace Robinson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

Unfortunately, the experience of the former #4 tennis player in the world is not the same as countless Black men in the City. Black men who are not celebrities or well-known athletes do not get released 15 minutes later.

Five Ways to Avoid Black Tokenism

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.14.2016 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Nearly two years after I graduated, I have arrived to a truth that others around me still don't trust: blacks will never advance or be truly empowered until we stop demoting ourselves as inferior. Translation: self-isolation from the communities and heritage that we know and love will never bring us happiness

Afro-Latino Man Proudly Claims His Black Heritage In This Incredible Spoken-Word Poem

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

The intersectionality between being black and Latino often goes overlooked. Poet Gabriel Ramirez acknowledged this when he recited his poem titled, "O...