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Retired Police Officers Supporting BlackLivesMatter Movement Head to DC

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 w...

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...

No Oscar at the Oscars: My Letter of Solace to Fruitvale Station Film

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Wyatt Closs

The truth of the matter is that 2013 saw a range of black men portrayed in major films. And that is a very good and overdue thing.

Not Again: One Black Attorney's Thoughts on the Michael Dunn Verdict

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

While Dunn is unlikely to ever experience life again as a free man, neither Martin nor Davis will experience life at all beyond their 17th year of existence simply because someone else decided that they were justified in using their gun to 'defend' themselves.

Alternative Black History: Negroes With Guns

Erikka Yancy | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Erikka Yancy

Inspired by Gandhi's success with non-violence and passive resistance in India's struggles, we know that Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement by encouraging passive resistance. But these were violent times, the type of violence that is hard to imagine in 2014.

The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prescription for a Healthy Society

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the "Beloved Community." Economic and social justice are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community. These twin pillars are also necessary for a healthy society. What would be the health impacts of living in such a society?

'Fruitvale Station' Star: Black Males Are America's Pit Bulls

OWN | Posted 01.25.2014 | OWN

Michael B. Jordan, an actor who got his start when he was just 12 years old, is earning rave reviews for his portrayal of Oscar Grant III in "Fruitval...

In Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar Is King

Timothy Cooper | Posted 12.01.2013 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

Right now, Kendrick is king. His innovation runs deep, and I hope it runs deep enough to avoid the shallowness of an industry that too often neglects freshness and comfortably embraces the modus operandi.

Have the Darkest Moments Passed?

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

The undervaluing of black lives and race-based hate crimes remain a critical issue. How can a people be truly free if they are dehumanized, and even killed, because of their race, and often without consequence?

Not Just Trayvon: The Justice Department's History Of Civil Rights Cases

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA and CONNIE CASS | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced "not guilty" in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get "j...

Fruitvale Station: Movie Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Peter Clothier

Fruitvale Station is harrowing to watch, but its intensity is deeply rewarding for anyone who wants to learn more -- not only about the social injustices that continue to plague this country, but also about something that tragedy has always taught us best: the essential nobility of the human soul.