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16 Quotes To Remind America That Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

Suddenly, he paused, looked at me intently and said, 'Son, you're a black male, and that's two strikes against you.' To the general public, anything that I did would be perceived as malicious and deserving of severe punishment and I had to govern myself accordingly. I was seven years old.

Dr. Phil's Advice For Anyone Who Gets Stopped By Law Enforcement

Posted 12.12.2014 | Dr. Phil

Two African American brothers, Tywonn and Naibon, claim they found themselves in a situation similar to Michael Brown and Eric Garner when they believ...

America Needs to Rewrite the 3 R's

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Suzan Johnson Cook

I contend, 50 years later, that what America needs to function in this world today are three new R's: Race, Religion and Respect for women. From Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner to Michael Brown and ISIS, a new movement needs to be created.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

My Son After Ferguson: ‘I Feel Like I'm Wearing the Losing Team's Jersey'

Madison T. Shockley II | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Madison T. Shockley II

The jersey, of course, is black skin. A jersey we can never take off.

2014 Takeover Takeaways: It's All About Turnout

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It was a great night for Republicans as they nearly swept all the important U.S. Senate races and won some governorships that seemed very unlikely.

Students Ask Not To Be Called African-American; Teacher Allegedly Calls Them N-Word

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.05.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, an Illinois substitute teacher reportedly called a group of four middle school girls the N-word after they asked not to be called African-A...

Baby Drama

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Nikkya Hargrove

One month before news of this story broke, my wife and I hung up the phone with our cryo-bank, ordered another vial of our donor sperm and are currently waiting for the right time to try again. What if the sperm waiting at our doctor's office for us isn't what we anticipate? Would we be mad? Yes.

Addicted's Bille Woodruff's 'Naked' Ambitions

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

A faithful adaptation of erotica queen Zane's million copy bestseller, the romancer showcases the posteriors of William Levy, Tyson Beckford, and Boris Kodjoe as they try to satisfy Sharon Leal's Zoe, who's suffering from a hardy case of sex addiction that's destroying both her marriage and career.

So, You Say You Don't See Race? We Need to Talk

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

When you tell people of color you don't see race, you are telling them you don't see their history or their story. You don't see what they and their families have lived through. You don't see them.

Our Mindset About Disciplining Children Must Change

Kelsey Minor | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Our mindset must change on discipline and the manner in which our children are disciplined when behaving badly.

5 Life Skills to Teach Black Boys: A Parent's Addendum to The Common Core

Valerie Wilson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Valerie Wilson

Know the balance between deference toward authority and personal dignity. At times, you will have to exercise restraint in the face of humiliating circumstances. At other times, you will be compelled to take a stand. Both options require courage, but the outcome is unpredictable.

A Taxicab Confession For A Post-Ferguson America

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

Black and brown people are not so much strangers in a strange land, you see. Far worse, we are strangers in our own homeland.

My Family Has Been Racially Profiled Everywhere from Harvard to Our Own Home

Madison T. Shockley II | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Madison T. Shockley II

I fit the description. I was a black man.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

Watch: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

I revisit a 1988 documentary in which Angelou and I attended a conference on "Facing Evil," held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say.

Social Networking Goes Natural

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Donna Marie Williams

Natural hair is back! After decades of ends-splitting, scalp-drying, shaft-burning, edge-ripping jheri curls, chemical relaxers, flat irons, lace fronts and weaves, today's "naturals" are returning full circle to the styles of the '60s and '70s, but with a twist.

Where Was the Diversity at Bruce Rauner's Companies?

Robert T. Starks | Posted 10.04.2014 | Chicago
Robert T. Starks

It's a campaign. So people expect pandering to be somewhat commonplace. So maybe I shouldn't be offended by Bruce Rauner's pandering to minority communities. But I am.

Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.

An Inside Look at America's Diverse Travelers

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 09.13.2014 | Travel
Cesar M. Melgoza

By taking language preferences, historical tours and tailored resources into consideration, attractions can ensure that vacationers are having the most fulfilling experience possible while maximizing their profits.

Microaggression: The New Workplace Bigotry

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Microaggressions are the negative assumptions we make about people that limit their humanity and value. As progressive as many workplaces are, we might be surprised that our everyday interactions are filled with microaggressions that undermine our self-worth and productivity.

Taking My Baby to Kara Walker's Sugar Baby

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Her latest work in Brooklyn is at the Domino sugar factory, a defunct warehouse that is set for demolition. Walker is taking this opportunity to make a statement about slavery, perceptions of black bodies, human exploitation, and the sugar-coating of history.

The Year in Racism

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

When a celebrity get busted for driving drunk with an ounce of cocaine, they at least admit to having a problem and check into a clinic. When a politician gets caught having an affair, they at least suggest they have let people down and get counseling. But for some reason being racist is the only sin that provides political cover.

Lupita Nyong'o and America's Complicated Relationship With Beauty

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

She has admitted publicly that it took her years to equate herself with beauty. One need not look much further than her character "Patsy" to understand why.