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How Much Is the Weave in the Window?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

I don't believe anything is done by accident, the hair weave industry is a billion dollar industry with a large percentage of it being by black dollars. We can definitely choose any style we want but let's be wise and conscious of why?

Words Beyond Walls: Dreams of Freedom

Christina Fialho | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Christina Fialho

"Wake me up when I'm in heaven." These are the opening words of M.E.'s poem, which speaks to the challenges of prolonged immigration detention.

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 03.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

Great Business Leaders Mind Their Own Business

Gene Marks | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Everyone has their own views. No one wants to feel forced into accepting your views in order for them to work for or do business with your company. People don't want to discuss these issues with you in the work environment.

Society Praises the Activist That Looks the Most 'Normal'

Charles Orgbon III | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Charles Orgbon III

As a young boy, I remember when my Grandma Dorothy gave me the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, but it was not until more recently that I learned that Rosa Parks was not the first to woman to deny her bus seat to a white person.

GOP Racial Woes and 2016

Ryan Campbell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Within the GOP, there's been some ugly rhetoric on issues of race and authority, but that's quite frankly nothing new; what is new, however, is the magnitude of the problem they have been creating for themselves. What is this laundry list, and how will it be affected by the run to 2016?

10 Ways Writing Can Help You Become a Better Runner

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

When you open a running journal it should remind you of what you love about the sport. Your journal should have amusing doodles in the margins and dog-eared pages that recount your greatest efforts or darkest days of injury.

I Wasn't Prepared For The Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black

xoJANE | Posted 03.28.2015 | Women

On my Tumblr blog I've gotten creepy messages, and had my personal photos posted on ebony fetish blogs. Some might say that the solution to avoiding this kind behavior is to delete my blog or my profile, to block the guys I don't like and focus on the ones I do.

Does Ballet Have a Color?

Virginia Johnson | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
Virginia Johnson

It is so odd to feel like an outsider on an issue that touched my life so profoundly and was at least a part of what Arthur Mitchell set out to address 46 years ago when he and Karel Shook cofounded The Dance Theatre of Harlem in the basement of a church in Harlem.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

Student Indicted For Hanging Noose Around Ole Miss Statue Honoring James Meredith

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices

A federal grand jury indicted a student at the University of Mississippi on two separate civil rights charges on Friday for hanging a noose and a flag...

Gay Couple Adopts Brazilian Boy Who Was Rejected For Being 'Too Black'

HuffPost Brazil | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Journalist Gilberto Scofield Jr. and his partner, Rodrigo Barbosa, adopted a four-year-old boy in 2014. In an open letter published on the blog "Ser m...

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

Does Wearing Makeup Make Me a Bad Feminist?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

I wear makeup. Not every day, but then, I work from home, so half the time I don't put on my clothes, let alone my face. But if I'm going out and I have time, I'll do my makeup. But what message am I sending my kids?

Deadline's Take On Diversity Is Dangerous, And Completely Misses The Point

Rashad Robinson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

It feels like Hollywood is finally starting to get what so many of us knew all along; audiences want to see diversity. Yet somehow, at this exciting moment of progress for the industry, Deadline Hollywood found it appropriate to publish what can only be described as a call for regression.

The White Admissions Advantage at Harvard: Unfair, But Different from Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Julie J. Park | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Julie J. Park

As high school seniors across America await college admissions decisions, here's some food for thought: About one-third of Harvard White students are admitted through special preferences, and that's a conservative estimate.

Dear Starbucks Barista: Don't Talk to My Family About Race

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

We are conspicuous. And almost every question we encounter from strangers stems from our racial differences: Are they all yours? Are you babysitting? What country are they from?

You Want to Badmouth Schultz? Watch Out...

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

At least Schultz is doing something. At least he's taken SOME sort of action. A step forward. I mean, here we are talking about it after all.

In Brazil, Racism Can Wear A Friendly Face -- But It's No Less Insidious

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

Racism in Brazil often wears a friendly face -- those who practice it are familiar to us, it is part of our social fabric and our institutions. Discri...

Racism Brews Hotter While Too Many of Us Sip Our Coffee in Silence

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Maybe random conversations about race can't be meaningful. Maybe we can't expect relative strangers in a busy coffee shop to connect over the subject. But I tire of all the reasons we can't make progress on this issue. People don't want to talk about race, period, not with strangers, not with friends, not over dinner. It's as if we won't acknowledge it.

Officials Uphold Dismissal Of Police Officer Over Fatal Shooting Of Dontre Hamilton

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who was fired after fatally shooting an unarmed black man with a history of mental illness violated depa...

WATCH LIVE: Community Dialogue On Healing And The Racial Divide

Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

The Aspen Institute will address the topics of race, equality, and justice at a livestreamed event on Tuesday, March 24th titled the “Community Dial...

Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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.

Starbucks Baristas Stop Writing 'Race Together' On Cups

AP | CANDICE CHOI and TOM KRISHER | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, ending a visible component of the compan...

Mississippi Town Erects Emmett Till Museum 60 Years After His Killing

Reuters | Bryn Stole | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were ac...