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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes: The Necessity Of Police Accountability In The Wake Of Tragedy

Michael Darer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Michael Darer

In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively, the American public and its institutions have once more entered into the necessary and painful conversation about police brutality.

Victims Of Police Brutality Get A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 03.30.2016 | Black Voices

A new effort by an anonymous group of artists shines a light on the victims of police brutality in a unique way. Indecline, who describe themselves as...

Jay Z's Tidal Is Giving Back To Groups Demanding That Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices

Jay Z's streaming service Tidal announced on Friday that it would be donating $1.5 million to social organizations, including non-profits that make su...

Sylvester Stallone's Burgess Meredith Moment in 'Creed'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Supplying a bit of history, the young filmmaker came to him early on with the idea for Creed, and Stallone put him off. Stallone quipped that he wasn't even born until Rocky IV. Then Coogler made Fruitvale Station, a game changer, starring the actor Michael B. Jordan.

One Year Later, #LastWords Continues To Pay Tribute To Police Brutality Victims

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices

Journalist Shirin Barghi began a project after Michael Brown was shot and killed last year by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The project,#Last...

We Need Mobile Justice -- Not BART Watch

Zachary Norris | Posted 08.13.2016 | San Francisco
Zachary Norris

Last week, an investigation conducted by reporter Darwin BondGraham at the East Bay Express exposed how passengers are using the new BART security app, BART Watch, to racially profile fellow riders.

Caught on Camera: Police Racism

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The rapid explosion of cell phones, YouTube and Twitter has increased public awareness of police misconduct toward black citizens. As a result, white attitudes are changing and protests led by black activists are accelerating. This may be a moment in our history when real reform is possible.

Oscar Grant's Mother Tells Church 'Our Lives Matter'

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sheryl Estrada

When I visited Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, N.J. on July 19 and heard Johnson speak, six years after her son's death, it wasn't a dramatization of events it was real life. A mother poured her heart out to a congregation, which understood her pain.

You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Kills You: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and the Problem of History

Yohuru Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

As residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment.

Retired Police Officers Supporting BlackLivesMatter Movement Head to DC

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

Accountability will put an end to bad behavior - yesterday. This will be the focus of discussion next Wednesday with Rep. John Lewis. Singularly, it's easy to ignore the cry for justice.

Angela Davis Speaks On Racism And Police Militarization

Summer Noblé | Posted 04.04.2015 | Black Voices
Summer Noblé

Activists and academics alike came together last Wednesday for the 31st annual UC Santa Cruz Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, which was filled to capacity for the event that proudly hosted Angela Davis.

Kwanzaa 2014

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Black lives matter. All lives do. I don't celebrate Christmas. It's not an either or proposition, but I will celebrate Kwanzaa this year as I have for the last 25 years.

Everyone But Us

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Dr. David J. Leonard

The efforts to deny the innocence of Brown and other black victims, in the name of preserving the innocence of the likes of Darren Wilson, of white America, and the nation as a whole is commonplace.

Darren Wilson Wasn't the First: A Short History of Killer Cops Let Off the Hook

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 01.25.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

As the history of the battle against racist police violence so pointedly teaches, the public outcry and agitation must continue not only in Ferguson but across the nation.

Michael McLaughlin

Oakland Protests Over Ferguson Decision Cause Havoc

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Protesters angered by the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, disrupted Oakland on Monday in a slow-moving wave of unrest th...

St. Louis Teen Revisits Father's Advice While Anticipating Verdict

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Ryan Henderson Last summer, every day after baseball practice, I'd buy a slush from the same Quik Trip convenience store in downtown Ferguson whe...

Darren Wilson Ain't No Ham Sandwich: Prosecutorial Manipulation of a Flawed Grand Jury System

Kris Hermes | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Government abuse of the grand jury system has become so notorious and problematic, it caused New York Court of Appeals Judge Sol Wachtler to famously say nearly 30 years ago that if a prosecutor wanted to, a grand jury would "indict a ham sandwich."

Ferguson, the Murder of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis Cardinals

Ted Lewis | Posted 12.13.2014 | Sports
Ted Lewis

Some folks say baseball has nothing to do with race relations in St Louis, but as a native St. Louisan, I beg to differ.

Ferguson, Missouri: Opening Up Old Wounds

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What is needed is exactly what the Kerner Commission recommended to the country 46 years ago: a comprehensive shift in the priorities of our social spending away from the military-industrial-prison complex and toward widespread development of impoverished parts of America.

Police Violence Has Been Going On Forever. No Wonder People Are Fed Up With It.

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

Warning: The video above contains graphic content. Protests continue following the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson po...

Heartbreaking Illustrations Document The Last Words Of Unarmed Black Men

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

The recent shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown has revived a national conversation about race and police brutality, about "walking while black...

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

Michael B. Jordan Shares His Thoughts On Recent Killings Of Unarmed Black Men

Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices

The issues addressed in Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Oscar Grant in the critically acclaimed 2013 film “Fruitvale Station” have resurfaced i...

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 10.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

Ex-Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Wins Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime

A San Francisco civil jury today ruled in favor of a white, former transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed, black man in an infamous killing captu...