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Formation Isn't Our Party. Quit Crying About That.

Abby Norman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Entertainment
Abby Norman

As a white woman, Beyonce's video and subsequent Superbowl performance is like my sister having a really amazing party that I get to go to. The Beyonce performances of Formation are not our party. We are there, we get to be at the party. But we can't be blowing out the candles and expecting people to sing to us.

What If Fred Hampton Had Not Been Killed?

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

At a vigil, Chicagoans take to the streets to call for an end to the violence. (PHOTO, John W. Fountain) CHICAGO--I drove down Fred Hampton's old b...

The Role Race Plays in the War On Drugs | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices

If Black lives mattered, our government would not have tolerated a decades-long defeat in the war against drugs. If Black lives mattered, today's overdose crisis would be ameliorated by decades of public health policies focused on reducing stigma and promoting treatment over punishment.

Lead in Paint Is Harming Hundreds of Thousands of Children

Nancy C. Loeb | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Nancy C. Loeb

The story of the poisoning of Flint's water supply and the harm knowingly inflicted on the city's children is so shameful that it's hard to believe it is happening. Unfortunately, Flint is just one example of our collective failure to protect children from being exposed to harmful levels of lead.

Barnsdall's SKIN Show Aestheticizes the Politics of Race

Mat Gleason | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts
Mat Gleason

Barnsdall Art Park's Municipal Art Gallery hosts perhaps the timeliest of art exhibits, SKIN, on view thru April 17, 2016.

Beale Street Talks, Vol. 4

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Gabriel James Bump

Volumes one and two and three are available here and here and here. "My mother just told me off for frying chicken unevenly. Talking to y'all getting...

I am Your New America

Babak Rahimi | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Babak Rahimi

Oh, how I blushed when President Obama told a Muslim American audience at a Maryland mosque "We are one American family". As a working father from Dea...

What Scientists Mean When They Say Race Is Not Genetic

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.10.2016 | Science

If a team of scientists in Philadelphia and New York have their way, using race to categorize groups of people in biological and genetic research wil...

Black History Month's Glaring Omission

Denny Dressman | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Denny Dressman

At a time when lunch counter sit-ins were met with insults and abuse, peaceful protest marches provoked fire hoses and snarling police dogs, Eddie Robinson urged Grambling athletes and students to go to class, get an education, and be ready for change.

"Unpimpable" to Pastors Who Prey

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Un-pimp-able. I am. Unpimpable by those "pastors" who prey on the poor, who dwell in opulence, or strut like peacocks in the pulpit, wearing flashy designer suits, lizard or gator shoes, their necks dripping with golden crosses. Those who more resemble gaudy pimp-like creatures than humble men of God.

What Happens When You Ask What The World Would Look Like Without Black People

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices

"What would the world look like without black people?" It's the provocative and thought-provoking question that acts as a catalyst for a frank...

#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.