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#ItsNotOver: Why the One Year Anniversary of Natasha McKenna's Death Matters

Rachel Anspach | Posted 02.07.2016 | Black Voices
Rachel Anspach

February 8 marks the one-year anniversary of McKenna's death. Now is the time for journalists who were missing a year ago to shed light on the circumstances surrounding McKenna's death. This date is an opening for activists across the country to take to the streets and march for justice for Natasha McKenna just as they have for Black men.

Michael Eric Dyson On Why Racial Issues Weren't A 'Priority' For Obama

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices

Ever since Barack Obama was elected as the nation's first black president, the issue of race has loomed over his administration. But interesti...

You Can Vote for Black or Latino Candidates and Still Be Racist

Lauren Horn Griffin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Lauren Horn Griffin

Patting ourselves on the back for voting for racial minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, or people with disabilities obscures the systemic discrimination these groups still face. The "friend" discourse masks deeper problems that scream for better understandings of diverse experiences.

Plugged In, But Still Not Connected

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

CHICAGO--The rumble of the train mixed with the squeal of steel wheels upon miles of steel track rises like the sound of Miles Davis' melancholy horn ...

This Is Perhaps The Most Disturbing Part Of Donald Trump's Campaign

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices

Donald Trump's presidential campaign is built around inherently racist and xenophobic ideas. So one student spent a day at a Trump rally to se...

The Senate Has Plenty Of Racial Diversity, But Not The Kind You Brag About

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To a casual observer, the halls of Congress look pretty white. But according to Anthony Thomas, people of color abound there, so long a...

The Word Too Vile to Say

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Words can defile a nation. They help shape and define a new history of self-inflicted devastation -- though not without the impact of our historical degradation. Words that roll off the tongue nowadays without hesitation. They are dehumanizing words of our own creation.

Children Not Criminals: Bringing Restorative Justice to Our Schools

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

Of course, it is critical - from both an education and a public safety perspective - that schools are safe. Children will struggle to learn if they are afraid for their physical safety. Yet, the culture of school discipline seems to have less to do with safety than with race.

Flawed but Determined: Becoming a White Supporter of Racial Justice

Rachel Laser | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Rachel Laser

Look closely and you can find me in the picture below. It was taken last month at the National Press Club. The occasion was the release of the Black W...

Why We Don't Need A White History Month

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

"Because every month is white history month." That's usually the answer that comes to mind whenever someone asks why there is no white hi...

We Are Bengalis

Deepan Chatterjee | Posted 02.01.2016 | Good News
Deepan Chatterjee

We are Bengalis. We love our rice cooked and our fish fried. We adore Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray with the same breath. We watch cricket and ...

Who Is the Real Patient? Systemic Racism Through the Eyes of Counseling

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Kathleen Shumate

Focusing on what's wrong in black communities misses the point of how society reinforces those problems. The patient is not black people; it's the system of racial injustice.

Why Finn is the Most Important Star Wars Character of All-time

Ira Hobbs II | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
Ira Hobbs II

Last year, Star Wars, the most popular sci-fi franchise in the history of the film industry starred a black male lead actor. To date, Star Wars: The...

#OscarsSoWhite, Oscars So Wrong -- A Time for Solidarity

Patricia Illingworth | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Patricia Illingworth

As an ethicist and avid filmgoer, I cannot help but think that, regardless of skin color, all people have a responsibility to boycott the Oscars.

Olympic Runner Jesse Owens' Racial Adversity Is Now A Biopic

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment

Jesse Owens wanted to be the greatest runner in history. So he accomplished it at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, despite overwhelming racism and Hitler...

Drones and "What Makes Us Different"

Joseph Nevins | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Joseph Nevins

Seven years ago this month and three days after Barack Obama assumed the presidency on January 20, 2009, the first drone strike of his administration ...

Potholes on the road to your greatest life

Leon Logothetis | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

On my journey from London to Mongolia I found my way to Chernobyl in the Ukraine which is the site of the worlds worst nuclear disaster and I realized in that moment that everything could go so wrong so quickly in our lives that we need to be present, because presence is power.

Celebrating Diversity Through Environmental Conservation

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

Dreaming of peace and security within the institutional framework under which we exist -- the law -- should not be unrealistic.

The Black Women Who Helped Build Canada

The Establishment | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
The Establishment

The lives of women who came to Canada under the West Indian Domestic Scheme provide an intersectional history of race, class, culture, feminism and politics -- a history that generally stays hidden in this country.

Girl Suspended For N-Word Shirt Apologizes, Say She's 'Not Racist'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices

After a group of teens were suspended for spelling out a racial slur with their t-shirts, one has come forward to apologize, and insists that sh...

Black Girl Magic Rocks Fashion: 5 Ways Chloe Johnston Is Changing the Industry

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

At a time when the fashion industry remains highly competitive while lacking a strong push for diversity, it's important to acknowledge trends that ...

It's Okay If You Don't Love College

Rachel Drucker | Posted 01.26.2016 | College
Rachel Drucker

Let's stop pretending that college is ever a four year walk in the park. I'm not suggesting that all of you have to be as dissatisfied with your college as I am, but I think we could all benefit from a bit more honesty about the ups and downs of every college experience.

The Booming Marijuana Industry Is Still Too White

Mic | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices

Legal cannabis is now growing faster than any other industry in the U.S. The enterprise deemed the "next great American industry" by the ArcView Grou...

Building Tolerance on American Campuses

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

When President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, challenged the nation to "reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion," he offered a social commentary that has timely relevance in higher education.

Growing a White TV Dynasty. On a Scary Transracial Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Frank Ligtvoet

You might know it by now: Patriarch Phil Robertson of the hugely successful reality TV-show Duck Dynasty has a new grandson. The baby is the fifth chi...