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Addicted's Bille Woodruff's 'Naked' Ambitions

Brandon Judell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

A faithful adaptation of erotica queen Zane's million copy bestseller, the romancer showcases the posteriors of William Levy, Tyson Beckford, and Boris Kodjoe as they try to satisfy Sharon Leal's Zoe, who's suffering from a hardy case of sex addiction that's destroying both her marriage and career.

It's Time to Redefine Renaissance

Jason Foster | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Jason Foster

The Harlem Renaissance period is an era that I wish that I could somehow experience in my life. The allure of it. The thought that if I was a black male and educated in a variety of things that I would be considered a "Renaissance Man."

Ferguson Crisis Is Symptomatic of Many Other Injustices

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The stark and wildly diverse perceptions that white and black Americans have of the crisis in Ferguson (and on race in general) is crucial evidence that the racial divide in our nation is still considerable.

How The Notorious B.I.G. Turned Fear and Rage Into Genius

Timothy Cooper | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.

For Ferguson, We Need Less Niebuhr and More Baldwin

Edward J. Blum | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Edward J. Blum

We need fewer sighs and more plans; we need less complacency of an immoral world and more actions of moral women and men. If we don't, then we won't have "the fire next time." We'll have the fire right now.

James Baldwin: My Uncle and His Love Life

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

Harlem wasn't just a regular setting in the corpus of his work; it was more like a pantomime Greek Chorus. For Uncle Jimmy, Harlem was a unique holy ground of sacrificial sensibility.

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

The Magic Of Meshell Ndegeocello

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.

The Common Core: Disabling Compassion

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

What would James Baldwin, one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, have to say about the Common Core expectation that a high school senior's reading diet be 70 percent non-fiction text?

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

Black and White in Gay Cape Town

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The implication: It was OK to kiss me in the hallway of a dark club on Saturday night, but he wasn't interested in me as a multi-dimensional human being or, presumably, being seen in public with me in the harsh, unforgiving light of day.

In Honor and Memory of Maya Angelou

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Malika Saada Saar

Today, Maya Angelou, our larger than life poet, writer, storyteller has made her transition, and I think of the poem "When Great Trees Fall" and, especially, the last lines: "They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed."

Happy Graduation! Ten Books That Could Change Your Graduating Senior (and Their World)

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

This is the book you place on top of those other nine-ish books you just bought or ordered. It is the book that communicates that you are a savvy aunt/uncle/grandparent/neighbor/parent.

Spite Your Face: Zoe As Nina

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

I like Zoe as an actress and as a person that I don't know. I admire her hutzpah as she defends her right to embody Ms. Simone. However, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

The Ever-Relevant Mind and Activism of James Baldwin

Claire Topalian | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Claire Topalian

What is it that makes Baldwin so important, and ever-relevant to who we are as a nation especially? We have come far, but we would be wise to remind ourselves that we have not crossed the finish line.

America's Racial Carnival: Where Have You Gone Jimmy? (and Malcolm Too!)

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Saladin Ambar

We are in a fun-house mirror period with respect to race. It has been a sobering reminder of the persistence of not only racism, but of those in power who massage its ailing limbs.

Living and Sleeping With the Enemies?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

You don't have to wear a white sheet with a pointy hat and go around burning crosses to be racist. We all harbor prejudices of some kind, and many people are carelessly and casually racist while being perfectly pleasant otherwise. As I see it, racism and homophobia are two sides of the same coin.

Celebrating James Baldwin, As Many Classrooms Ignore Him

The New York Times | Posted 04.24.2014 | Black Voices

James Baldwin’s 1953 novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” about a Harlem teenager’s search for meaning, quickly became a classic, along with h...

Why You Should Read James Baldwin's Poetry

Posted 04.01.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Nikky Finney's introduction to Jimmy’s Blues & Other Poems by James Baldwin [Beacon Press, $16.00]: Baldwin was ...

A Reading List for a New Generation of Gay Men

Chris Davis | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Chris Davis

"We resent you. You astonish us." I understand those two sentences, but will others that come after me? It made me wonder if the newer generation of gay men remembered our recent history and sacrifices that helped them get to where they are today.

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

Remembering Famous People Who Changed Our Lives

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Malcolm Boyd

Memories. So many memories. Let's start an altogether fresh list of new people in our lives, shall we? Before long, perhaps we can turn them into an altogether new list of memories too.

How Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Turned My Life Around

Judith Newton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Fifty
Judith Newton

August 15, the anniversary of Julia Child's birth, is a good time to reflect on the role that her 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' played in many of our lives. It is was in cooking from' Mastering the Art', for example, that I made strides toward becoming an adult, creating my first home, and entering into the buoyant spirit of the sixties.