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The 3 Ways Martin Luther King Jr. Saved Your Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

I would argue that in many ways, this is King's greatest legacy. His courage to proceed in a mission that, by any rational calculation would have been doomed to fail, is a lesson for all of us to learn. Without hope, without faith that there can be a better future, there will not be one.

Can You Hear Us Now? Ethnic Spa Goers Are Speaking

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

For ethnic spa goers, many times the preliminary conversation to determine what we use on our skin, why we use it and what we expect to achieve from our facial is omitted. Were you aware that such a conversation should even take place?

Black Gay Men on their Relationship to Feminism

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

When gay men badger other gay men because of socially constructed ideals about how a man is supposed to act, when our position in the bedroom becomes a foundation for establishing gender roles, what we're doing is protecting and promoting misogyny and sexism.

Christianism at Its Worst: Faux Christianity Revealed

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

If there were as many Christians in this world as there are people who call themselves Christian, it would be a different world, indeed. But the world is filled with rich men trying to drag their affluence through the eyes of needles, and innocent children dying of starvation.

14 Reasons Black Is The Only Color Worth Wearing

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 12.10.2013 | Style

Grace Coddington does it. Joan Rivers does it. Mary-Kate and Ashley do it. Johnny Cash swore by it. So really, is there any reason to not wear all ...

No Time For Crime: Study Finds More Religious Communities Have Lower Rates Of Black, White and Latino Violence

David Briggs | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Can religion help reduce violent crime? Some new research suggests the answer is yes, both by creating a moral climate that fosters respect among n...

Will We Act to Save All Our Children and Our Nation's Future? We Can!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When a majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can't read or do math at grade level, including almost three quarters of Black and Latino students, we are continuing to allow a system that serves and saves just a few children and starves many others.

Let's Really Converse About Black Self-Hatred: A Semi-Open Letter to Brother Orville Douglas

Charles Cole III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

Everyday, we are bombarded with images that perpetually show black folks in a negative light, explicitly and implicitly. When black is shown positively, it is clear that it is the exception, not the rule.

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

Taekwondo Fights Its Way to Become One of the Top Sports in Jamaica

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

If the Jamaican team realizes its potential, black, green and gold colors may someday signify not only speed but also excellence in taekwondo.

The N-word Not Negro Either

Sojourner Marable Grimmett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sojourner Marable Grimmett

My former boss cornered me in my cubical, looked into my eyes and asked me what I preferred to be called. "Called?" I said. My frown lines deepened in-between my un-plucked, naturally shaped brows.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

Contemporary Racial Inequity: A Statement of Faith

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

It is time that our communities of faith formed partnerships to do the work of affirming and promoting our first and fifth principles -- our understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our commitment to the democratic process in our society.

Who?

Mona R. Washington | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Mona R. Washington

If and when The World spends too much time and energy contemplating a person who demonstrates a heartbreakingly ignorant, rude, and ahistoric worldview to a politically Conscious Person who gives a damn about correcting The World's tragic mistake.

Reframing The Trayvon Martin Reaction

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Bianca Brooks I followed the Trayvon Martin case from day one. I read countless articles, social commentary, and notes on the trial. When the case...

From Oscar To Trayvon

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Pendarvis Harshaw Watching "Fruitvale Station" in Oakland was more like watching a memory than watching a movie. When the film showed people smo...

Unsafe in Black and White America

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I have a feeling that I'm not the only white guy who experiences these thoughts that I sure don't want to have in my head. But I desperately want to unlearn these instincts because if I feel unsafe around someone else because they're black, I am part of the reason that the world becomes unsafe for them.

Not Everybody Liked Obama's Trayvon Speech

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices
Shirin Sadeghi

Obama's speech hit all the right notes -- there is no question that he addressed the primary issues many people of color have been deeply concerned about on this topic -- and it almost felt good to hear him talk about the "pain" and "experience" of black America. It almost felt good -- but it didn't.

The African's Migration to Black America, Part I

Aya Saed | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Aya Saed

Born to Sudanese parents in an Arabian city, my introduction to American patriotism and race relations came from the classroom.

The Magic of Mastery

Meghan Keener | Posted 07.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Meghan Keener

We all want to excel in certain areas of our lives, master our skills, and connect our passions with a larger purpose. By taking a closer look at the ingredients of mastery, maybe we can step more fully into our own unique potential -- and dazzle the masses just like BLACK.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

Trayvon, Zimmerman and Our Motivations

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Binta Niambi Brown

What if we were motivated by love, not fear? What if, as Nick Surkamp tweeted Sunday morning, George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride, to get out of the rain?

Work as Play

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat was I doing at a Buddhist temple in the middle of literally "no-where"? I was working. I was also playing. I was working in the sense that I was becoming more familiar with how Koreans practice Buddhism.

The 99 Cent Gift That Saved My Life

Candace Walsh | Posted 07.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Candace Walsh

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI never learned a single trick. I didn't gain friends by teaching others how to yo-yo. Instead, I forged tenuous, make-do friendships with other oddballs who still believed in the Easter Bunny, or punched my shoulder when we didn't agree -- who didn't feed my soul.

Only The Outcast Can Lead

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Gail Gross

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgFear of failure or already low self-esteem may further work to push those passions down to a forgotten place, where we try to tell ourselves they belong. The problem is that by attempting to silence our inner voice, we limit our true potential and our ability to lead full, happy lives.