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Why I Don't Call Other Black People The "N" Word

Towanda Bryant | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Towanda Bryant

I was taught, by my parents, that the "N" word is an ignorant person -- male or female, and of any race. And I accept that to be its definition. Even though I don't believe the word is interchangeably related to all Black people, I know I would not like someone calling me that word in a negative way.

Confessions Of Someone Who Isn't Black

Michael LaMasa | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael LaMasa

As a gay man, I used to think that I knew. I had experienced discrimination from people on the streets and in my family. I had to march in the streets for the right to get married and for equal protection under the law -- I thought that being a part of a minority gave me some insight into what other minorities felt. Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong.

What Are You? You Look Different

Tiffany McElroy | Posted 05.02.2016 | Black Voices
Tiffany McElroy

I actually never knew I was different until people -- well, adults -- would single me out and ask me questions that were quite absurd, such as: "What are you?"

Dear America: Stop Feeling Awkward About Black History Month

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 02.04.2017 | Black Voices
Gloria Atanmo

Stop feeling awkward about Black History Month if you're not black, and take a moment to understand why this dialogue that's been surpressed for years, should be one we can all comfortably have today.

How "White Privilege" Is Helping Black Lives Matter

Ashley Samone Nash | Posted 01.28.2017 | Black Voices
Ashley Samone Nash

Sadly, it's the voices of multi-millionaires or White pop stars that have taken precedent over those of unsupported coalitions or community organizations.

Julia Craven

App Moving #BlackLivesMatter Movement Into Real World

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facilitating meaningful conversations about race isn’t an easy feat, but a local collaborative effort is up to the challenge. Blac...

Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

As I begin to rethink and review the Obama presidency, I think history will judge it based principally not on Obamacare but on two other matters: his foreign policy and the consequences of his presidency on the unfinished business of race relations in America.

Here's How To Talk About Race In Starbucks Terms

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 03.20.2015 | Comedy

Starbucks respects your heritage AND your order. The coffee franchise's recent #racetogether hashtag campaign was not received as well as the compa...

Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman Are Black Heroes

Jaleesa Jones | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
Jaleesa Jones

The systematic iteration of the word "thug" in reference to black bodies is problematic because it perpetuates white supremacist ideologies about black people, namely that we are pathological, violent and lawless.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings o...

Double Justice in Missouri

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Diann Rust-Tierney

For the second time in two months, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri approved the execution of an African American man sentenced to die by an all-white jury. But Missouri and this governor have absolutely no moral authority to execute anyone.

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 12.31.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Sharon Harper

At this moment in our nation's story, when the twisted soul of America is being revealed through the daily deaths of black men at the hands of officers carrying guns and unconscious bias, Black-ish should not be merely consumed: It should be administered by intravenous intervention.

White People Beware, Your Reign Is Almost Over

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.06.2014 | Comedy

White people of the United States, get ready. Because your reign is coming to an end. The satirical Saturday Night Live segment aired Oct. 4th wit...

More Than Race Fuels the 'Support Darren Wilson' Campaign

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant Wilson was fingered as the shooter of Brown, the money train rolled into high gear complete with rallies, counter demonstrations, badge-signing parties, and pitches to Americans to flash blue lights on their front porches backing Wilson.

WATCH: These Guys Explain 'Diet Racism'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices

Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm not racist, but," and finish the sentence with a declaration that's totally racist? Thanks to the perfectly a...

Cradle-To-Power: From the Talented Tenth to My Brothers' Keeper

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

The lost lives of Clay Cross and Kendarius Edwards underscore how our nation's safety, security and competitiveness are compromised with every instance of wasted potential and every senseless death.

O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

Canada must acknowledge that gender inequality, race, incest and histories of oppression are the pillars of the sex trade, including prostitution.

Reverse Racism Only Works If...

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

You might have heard that irksome term "reverse racism" -- the idea that racism can be directed at majority groups by people in minorities. The co...

WATCH: People Think I Kidnapped My Son

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As any parent knows, the playground is never just about kids playing. There are issues of race and class that often go unspoken between the parents an...

Paisley and Cool J on Race: An Old Topic With a New Musical Conversation

Deborah Plummer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

The media debate about the newly released song "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J demonstrates that race remains a prickly topic for conversation -- even in song lyrics.

Presidential Debates: Colorblind or Blind to Color?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Media
Tavis Smiley

In the most multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic America ever, the absence of a journalist of color on the stage moderating one of the presidential or vice-presidential debates is shameful and ought to be an embarrassment to the nation.

Mulattos, Mammies and Maids: Accessing 'The Help'

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Henry Adams

This film tells a story many blacks and whites would rather forget, how black women stepped up and did what they must to survive. That's a story important enough to make all the film's faults minor by contrast.

Race Is Still a Factor in America

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 10.20.2011 | Black Voices
Rep. Barbara Lee

Recently the question has again surfaced: "Do we live in a post-racial America?" Simply put, race is a factor in the growing economic inequalities we have in this country, and we can no longer afford to sweep this issue under the rug.

Contentious Tenn. School Merger Prompts Battle Over Politics, Race And Money

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Memphis city residents voted "yes" in a referendum held last week, sparking the latest round of controversy in a contentious school system battle invo...

A Cautionary Tale of Three Black Men

Ron Christie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Christie

Amid so many distractions of late, many Americans have lost sight of a truly remarkable accomplishment: Three of the most powerful and influential people in the United States today are African-American men.