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I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Baltimore is my home town -- the birth place of Jonah House, a Christian nonviolent resistance community founded by my parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister. Those places that the whole world is seeing "going crazy" on the news? They are my geography, my history, who I am.

Holla If You Hear Me: Baltimore, Riots, and Black Rage

Myisha Cherry | Posted 05.01.2016 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

What do you do when you see clearly that you are not valued in this society? What do you do when your black skin makes you vulnerable to frivolous police stops and eventual violence?

Burning Buildings in Baltimore

Mike Smith | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Mike Smith

More cartoons by Mike Smith....

Judging Presidential Candidates Against Our Criteria Rather Than Theirs, Part 1: On the Issue of Poverty

David Coates | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
David Coates

If the events in Baltimore tell us anything general this week, it is surely that policies are more important than personalities, and that the solutions to our core problems require more than sound-bites. Yet so far, the 2016 presidential campaign has been remarkably short on policies.

Nepal and Baltimore: On Tremors and Resiliency

Robert Ross | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

While it certainly can be argued that violence in any form is "senseless," the violence of Ferguson and Baltimore "makes sense" to me, because I can understand its roots -- even while, at the very same time, repudiating it.

Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Michael Carosone

I urge all of my sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ Community to stand with the Black community.

Baltimore and the American Dream: A View From North Africa

Ahmed Charai | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ahmed Charai

As a Moroccan national who visits the U.S. often, I have grown attached to the American people, their country, and the values they aspire to live by. And so it pains me to hear of incidents of police brutality, which violate the rule-of-law principles America stands for, and it pains me further when looting and assaults on police mar legitimate protests with further criminality.

Sebastian Murdock

Thousands Of New York Protesters Rally In Solidarity For Baltimore's Freddie Gray | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A New York police officer was hurt and at least 100 people were arrested Wednesday as thousands of protestors gathered in support of Fredd...

Why Baltimore Matters

Stephen Balkaran | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Stephen Balkaran

The national debate that should be taking place is not what threat do African Americans pose to police and society but more so how we can correct a history of exclusion, oppression, legal and systematic racism against a community that remains loyal to a country that treated them as outsiders.

Baltimore Is About More Than a City in Maryland

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

There are reports on police officers' indifference about Freddie Gray, neglecting to buckle his seatbelt while he was in custody, and refusing to get him medical attention in a timely manner.

My Letter to Baltimore

Quentin Vennie | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Quentin Vennie

I am your child. I am a product of your society. I was born on your soil and raised in your communities. I was educated by your system and taught by your adversities. I've walked your streets and stood on your corners. You are my home.

This Is That Time in America

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

This is that time in America where once again, we wish to be both tremendously ignorant while also "sincere" in our concern for Baltimore, foregoing the fuss and inconvenience of addressing the root issues.

NBA Player Will Barton Promotes Positive Solutions In Baltimore

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 04.29.2015 | Sports

What a cool thing to do.

Baltimore-A City of Neighborhoods

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

There is no excuse for the senseless violence that has broken out in Baltimore. But there are underlying causes that have been left for fester and now explode. The people, officials and business leaders of Baltimore know it.

300 Men March Movement Aims To Be 'Neutral Force' In Baltimore

Reuters | Warren Strobel | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

BALTIMORE, April 28 (Reuters) - There were taunts, followed by a thrown bottle, and then the police pressed forward. Officers grabbed the man who atta...

Pain Is Universal, and So Is Kindness

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 06.28.2015 | Good News
Lexi Behrndt

Kindness is contagious. Kindness dissolves anger, rage, and violence. Even when kindness is beaten down, it finds a way to prevail. All we have to do is look for it.

The Orioles Are Going To Play A Game In Front Of An Empty Stadium

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 04.29.2015 | Sports


America's Real State of Emergency: Baltimore and Beyond

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

Can state officials or the media really be surprised that promises of an internal investigation don't appease? The true state of emergency now, like back in 1968, isn't rage or even rock throwing. It is the racial profiling and racial brutality of the police. America's real state of emergency remains that black lives still don't matter enough.

One Tweet Shows The Hypocrisy Of America's Reaction To White People Rioting At Ohio State

Mic | Zak Cheney-Rice | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices

"Revelers," "celebrants," "fans" and "students." These are some of the words the mainstream media used to describe the thousands of people who floo...

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Businesses Try To Rebuild After Protests | Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Ten businesses here were completely destroyed by fire and several others were vandalized on Nov. 24, following protests over a grand ...

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

You Say You Want a Revolution

Jenine Durland | Posted 02.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jenine Durland

Driving down Martin Luther King Way towards downtown Oakland today I passed a mile of fresh graffiti under the highway. One pillar had been tagged wit...