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One Year Later, #LastWords Continues To Pay Tribute To Police Brutality Victims

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices

Journalist Shirin Barghi began a project after Michael Brown was shot and killed last year by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The pro...

Caught on Camera: Police Racism

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The rapid explosion of cell phones, YouTube and Twitter has increased public awareness of police misconduct toward black citizens. As a result, white attitudes are changing and protests led by black activists are accelerating. This may be a moment in our history when real reform is possible.

Oscar Grant's Mother Tells Church 'Our Lives Matter'

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.29.2015 | Black Voices
Sheryl Estrada

When I visited Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, N.J. on July 19 and heard Johnson speak, six years after her son's death, it wasn't a dramatization of events it was real life. A mother poured her heart out to a congregation, which understood her pain.

Why I Am Marching on Mother's Day for My Son

Valerie Bell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices
Valerie Bell

It's hard for me to celebrate on Mother's Day. I feel the absence of my 23-year-old son, Sean Elijah Bell, who was killed on November 25, 2006. He was out celebrating at his own bachelor party with his friends in New York City. It was only a matter of a hours before his wedding, and I was so thrilled.

'It's Not Over': Families Of Slain Black Men Give Powerful Panel On Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Black Voices

Relatives of five slain black men spoke out against police brutality at a National Action Network panel this week. The names of their lost sons, husba...

Christopher Mathias

'They're Murdering Our Kids And Getting Away With It' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices

Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri came as no shock to the hundreds of Americans of color who have lost loved ones in officer-involved shooti...

In Light of Michael Brown, We Must Connect the Dots

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Jumaane D. Williams

Perhaps the call to examine this one case would be understandable if justice came more often, but we've seen these unjust acts in communities of more color for far too long.

The Difference We Haven't Overcome: Why the Color Line Endures in America

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Robert T. Carter, Ph.D.

Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 10.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

Heartbreaking Illustrations Document The Last Words Of Unarmed Black Men

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

The recent shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown has revived a national conversation about race and police brutality, about "walking while black...

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

Not Just Trayvon: The Justice Department's History Of Civil Rights Cases

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA and CONNIE CASS | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced "not guilty" in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get "j...

How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

The verdict unites some communities and divides others. The main thought that I can't really shake loose is: How can I protect my son from being another Trayvon Martin?

'Fatal Encounters': Shot Down By Police On His Wedding Day

Posted 12.17.2012 | TV

Sean Bell's life was tragically cut short on the morning of his own wedding. It was in 2006 and Bell was enjoying his bachelor party when he was kille...

Did Cops Falsely Arrest Man Because Of Ties To Sean Bell?

| Posted 08.28.2012 | New York

By James Fanelli, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer BELLEROSE — The son of a Queens pastor received a $125,000 settlement from the city after suing cops ...

Father Of Ramarley Graham Blasts NYPD Officers Who Cheered Son's Killer (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.14.2012 | New York

The father of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by NYPD officer Richard Haste in February, expressed his disappointment and an...

They Shoot Black Men, Don't They?

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices
Janet Langhart Cohen

Consider the facts. Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old former Marine who suffered from a heart ailment, accidentally triggered a medical alert device, which resulted in sending members of the White Plains police department to his apartment.

Gescard Isnora: Kelly's Harsh Cop Justice

Len Levitt | Posted 06.16.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

If there is a constant to Kelly's discipline, it is this: the more vulnerable to criticism he perceives the department or himself to be, the harsher the punishment.

Rev. Al Sharpton Forum In D.C. Grapples With Trayvon Martin Cases

AP | Posted 04.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The mother and fiancée of two men fatally shot by New York City police officers are expressing solidarity with the family of Trayvon Ma...

WATCH: Sean Bell Shooting Detective Says He Has 'No Regrets'

Posted 04.11.2012 | New York

Three weeks after being fired by the NYPD for his part in the 2006 shooting death of Sean Bell-- losing his pension and healthcare benefits--and after...

Sean Bell Fiance Writes Open Letter To Trayvon Martin's Parents

Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices

One week after Detective Gescard Isnora was fired for unloading the first of 50 bullets that killed her fiance, Sean Bell, in 2006, Nicole Paultre Bel...

Racism without Racists: George Zimmerman and the Conundrum of Modern Bigotry

Edward Wyckoff Williams | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Edward Wyckoff Williams

The conundrum of racism without racistscreates a society in which black males are perceived always and everywhere as the perpetrator, never given the dignity applied to a victim.

Fired Detective In Sean Bell Shooting Seeking Legal Action Against NYPD

Posted 03.27.2012 | New York

The dismissed detective who fired the first bullets in the 2006 death of Sean Bell is reportedly seeking legal action against the NYPD for his firing....

5 Years After Shooting Sean Bell 50 Times, Four NYPD Cops Fired

AP | Posted 05.24.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — An undercover police detective who fired the first bullets in a 50-shot barrage that killed an unarmed New York City man as he left h...

Spying on the Rev.

Len Levitt | Posted 04.14.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

An NYPD informant spied on the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network [NAN] as the group was organizing large-scale protests of the Sean Bell case acquittals, a police document shows.