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Nina Turner Quotes James Baldwin To Sum Up The Anger Among Black Protesters

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.23.2016 | Black Voices

Tensions in Charlotte, North Carolina, swelled on Wednesday night as protests turned violent and exposed the frustration many residents feel about the...

Among The Thugs Again: The Mass Man Thug

Chris Fici | Posted 09.14.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

Our allegiance to what we think are sacred principles all too often leads us to the demonic and profane. Sports are no different.

Rejoice! There's A James Baldwin Documentary Coming Soon

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.25.2016 | Black Voices

A highly-anticipated documentary about James Baldwin is set for its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by ...

Pedagogies Of The Traumatized

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 07.08.2016 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

There is a mini-poster by journeyman printer Amos Paul Kennedy on one of my bookshelves. This black block print on cardboard contains an equals sign w...

How I Got Here: A Beginning Inquiry Into My Own Racism

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I feel white people need, if they so are ready, a space to talk about the history of their racism and the way it still lives. As such we need help, but not the kind that engenders self-hate only. Because that will turn; it always does.

Patriotism In A Brexit World

Timothy Murphy | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

The Fourth of July is often a day of fireworks, family and food; but more than that, it needs to be a day where we look at where our country is and where it needs to be pushed to be a "more perfect union."

Why Every Member Of Congress Should Take An Acting Class

Anthony Meindl | Posted 06.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Anthony Meindl

As we continue to process the shootings in Orlando, and now as 60 members of the House of Representatives stage a sit-in to push for gun legislation, ...

Summoning the Sanity to Scream

Jim Friedrich | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Jim Friedrich

(Painting by Richard Stott, 6/13/16. Used by permission) The Orlando massacre is the 179th mass shooting so far this year in the United States of Ame...

A Street Artist Celebrates Black History One Portrait At A Time

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Funded from his own pocket, 34-year-old Mel Waters devised the project for himself and executed it on city walls (and one delivery truck) to pay tribute to famous African Americans during Black History Month.

Black-ish, Black Lives Matter, and Commentary That Goes Beyond Comedy

Justin C. Young | Posted 02.25.2016 | Black Voices
Justin C. Young

In its first season, Black-ish repeatedly showed why it continues to be lauded as one of the best new comedies on television, and now in its second season, why you should be watching.

This Clothing Line Honors Black Intellects With Their Own Fictional College

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.24.2016 | Black Voices

One clothing company is honoring a few of black history's greats by giving them their own fictional universities modeled after their works. Philadel...

Seed of the Glittering Republic

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

My greatest satisfaction as an activist lies in the changed expectations of today's children, made possible by countless thousands of us who came before them.

Chris Rock Recites James Baldwin During Powerful MLK Day Event

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.18.2016 | Black Voices

Chris Rock brought the powerful words of James Baldwin to life Monday during a tribute at the "MLK Now" event in Harlem honoring the late Martin Luthe...

Words From James Baldwin for Our Times: Behind Media Beef Over College "PC Culture"

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
Talmon J. Smith

James Baldwin, the late novelist, playwright, essayist, and civil rights activist was lost to cancer 28 years ago this week. Still, his timeless diagn...

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

George Heymont | Posted 11.15.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Women in the arts have become increasingly outspoken about the blatant misogyny and gender bias they face in the entertainment industry.

The Definitive Book Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me

Kelley Calkins | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Kelley Calkins

Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.

Watch James Baldwin Break Down Our Present-Day Race Problem In 1968

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

Sometimes, all you need is 60 seconds to break down even the most complicated idea. Take the above clip, for instance, from a 1968 episode of "The Di...

To Be a Latino in This Country and to Be Relatively Conscious Is to Be In a Rage Almost All the Time

César Vargas | Posted 09.21.2016 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

There's a reason why racism and discrimination is called systemic. It means it happens everywhere with everything. So yes, I have an issue with injustice everywhere. Not just the injustice that I think affects me.

The Mystery of Rosenwald

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 09.02.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how I never heard of a man, who might arguably have done more good for black Americans than anyone in history.

Blaming the Victims: 245 Years Ago and Today

Rahsaan Hall | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Rahsaan Hall

When we as a nation look upon the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the marches in New York and Boston, the narrative denies these people the honorific title of patriots. But that is in fact what they are: patriots, people who love and strongly support or fight for their country.

The Charge to Be Fair: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay | Posted 08.10.2016 | Books
Roxane Gay

It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.

How Perfectionism Tears Us Down

Matt Baume | Posted 08.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Just about all of us feel pressure to be more than we are. And ambition is great, but that impulse can turn into destructive guilt when you fail to measure up. That failure's self-fulfilling, whether it's little gay boys wishing they were straight, or big gay men comparing each other at the gym.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cormac McCarthy Walk Into a Bar

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.05.2016 | Books
T. Elijah Hawkes

Well, not a bar -- a book group. (Though this book group has convened in bars.) My book group is unsure of what to read next. Perhaps we'll read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. There is debate about this, but since I'll be hosting, the final decision falls to me.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Harper Lee's Fiction Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' Fact

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.14.2016 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

It's a spectacular irony that "Go Set a Watchman" and "Between the World and Me" are published on the same day. One book is fiction, a footnote to literature. The other is perhaps the most important book of the year.