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New Networks to Fight Modern Slavery

Duncan Jepson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
Duncan Jepson

The exploitation of people - whether their efforts are provided by debt bondage, under threat of violence, psychologically, by imprisonment or deceivi...

Does 'Black Lives Matter' still matter?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington Before the shooting in Dallas that took the lives of five police officers and the one in Baton...

Harry Houck Owes Black Children An Apology

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.21.2016 | HuffPost Home
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

The criminalization of black people, coupled with white supremacy and its belief that black people are inherently inferior to white people has caused a multitude of problems.

Searching For Solutions

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

As long as the privileged aren't confronted with crime, poverty, economic deprivation or racism, it's far too easy to wash their hands of a responsibility all Americans should share, a more just society.

Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, Two Forgotten Histories, and 2016 America

Ben Railton | Posted 07.14.2016 | Books
Ben Railton

In the course of its unique, multi-multi-generational structure, Yaa Gyasi's striking debut novel Homegoing (2016) moves through more than two centuri...

'Free State of Jones' Capsizes Lost Cause Myths

Matthew E. Stanley | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Matthew E. Stanley

The Lost Cause, the racial and class and political and economic assumptions of which have breached every nook and cranny of American culture and social policy, was constructed in no small part through popular culture; it must also be deconstructed through popular culture.

A Nation Built On Freedom And Slavery

John R. Burbank | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
John R. Burbank

This week Americans celebrated the Fourth of July, with barbeques, beer, music, and fireworks, all packaged up in the celebration of freedom. That's t...

21 Tweets That Show Why Saying 'All Lives Matter' Is Bulls**t

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices

For every black person that declares his or her life matters, there are at least a dozen hurt white people shouting “all lives matter” at them ins...

Dare To Be 100: Tom Jefferson's Edit

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The high point of our family July 4 every year is the reading of the Declaration of Independence by good friend Dave Ross. He reads the magnificent w...

Rights Group: North Korea Sends Hundreds Of 'State-Sponsored Slaves' To Europe

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.06.2016 | World

LONDON, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - North Korea has sent hundreds of workers to labor as "state-sponsored slaves" in EU nations as Pyongyang...

July 4: A Time For Celebration And Mourning

Volney Gay | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Volney Gay

In the midst of our festivities, we should find time to mourn the choices of our Founding Fathers that haunt us still.

These Photos Show Why You Should Celebrate Juneteenth

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.18.2016 | Black Voices

It took two whole years after President Abraham Lincoln declared the abolition of slavery on January 1, 1863, for the end of one of the darkest chapte...

Walking Free With Barry: Des Moines, Iowa

Robert J. Benz | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

(Des Moines, Iowa - 333 miles West of Chicago) Barry Jurgensen, the history teacher from Arlington High School in Nebraska, set out from Nebraska Cit...

Ending Child Labor: The Dirty Business of Cleaning Up Supply Chains

Skoll Foundation | Posted 06.11.2016 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Made by Children. Instead of Made in China or Made in India, what if this was the label inside the neatly stacked sweaters on a department store shelf?

Improving Human Rights and Welfare in India

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Recent articles on bonded labor and human trafficking in India highlight the all too easily overlooked fact that democracies often sustain egregious human rights violations within their own borders.

Why America Needed Roots Again

Aja McClanahan | Posted 06.09.2016 | Black Voices
Aja McClanahan

Photo Credit: Like millions of other viewers last week, I was in the thick of watching the reboot of this gut wrenching sto...

Hey, Snoop. Roots 2016 Is Necessary.

David Belgrave | Posted 06.12.2016 | Black Voices
David Belgrave

I feel that some Black people push back on Roots 2016, saying we need more diverse Black stories other than slave or civil rights narratives as if we don't have any other type of stories being told. I completely agree that we do need more diverse stories, and more often, but there are other Black stories being told.

Why We Must Continue to Revisit Slavery

Andra Gillespie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Andra Gillespie

I admit, I was a little skeptical about the Roots remake when I first heard about it. I love the original series, and I wondered whether a rebooted R...

Actually Snoop... We Should Be Proud, Not Ashamed, Of Our 'Roots'

Paul A. Bromley | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Paul A. Bromley

Let's be clear: The institution of slavery took thousands, if not millions, of Black lives. The institution of slavery is never to be lauded or celebrated. But the people who were enslaved? These people are nothing to be ashamed of.

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

Fighting Slavery Should be a Priority For The Next UN Secretary-General

Nick Grono | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Nick Grono

Co-authored by Anna de Courcy Wheeler, senior program officer for legal and business initiatives at the Freedom Fund. Slavery is endemic in our mod...

Kunta Kinte Descendant, Lamin Jatta, Challenges Snoop Dogg

Saba Tekle | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Saba Tekle

I, like most people, was disappointed after watching Snoop Dogg's video on WorldStar Hip Hop about boycotting the television remake mini-series of Roo...


Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

Though I'm a bit tired of Hollywood remakes of all my favorite shows and movies and would love for new stories to be told, I will watch Roots this week, because I genuinely am intrigued to see what it will be like in comparison to the original.

The Chilling Technique Used to Enslave A Woman For 5 Years

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

The woman goes by the name of Zunduri, a name she adopted after gaining freedom that means "beautiful girl" in Japanese.

Snoop Dogg Right on 'Roots' Remake for the Wrong Reasons

Antonio Moore | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

The reboot of Roots aired its first episode on Memorial Day, and Snoop Dogg did not belive the series should have been broadcasted. Snoop went as far ...