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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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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.

Top 10 Best Ways We Should Start Measuring Black Success

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It's finally time that we have that long awaited talk about measuring black success. For far too long we have given many a pass when it comes to what they say and how they go about navigating what it means to achieve for the community.

Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential developments of the past century. However, recent research offers hopeful signs for regional Democrats.

Champion of African American History: The Honorable Shirley Chisholm of New York

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

With her slight build, distinctly precise diction, and relentless energy, Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York will be forever remembered for the ground she broke in Congress, and the ground she laid for millions of women, girls, and African Americans in this country.

My Brother's Keeper: A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

The fraction of young men not working or enrolled in school is nearly twice as high for blacks than whites. Those neither working nor in school are not building the skills and experience needed to ensure their ability to succeed later in life.

Study: More People of Color Sentenced to Private Prisons Than Whites

Michaela Pommells | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Private prisons have been marketed as the necessary supplement to save taxpayer dollars. It is a system designed by the rich and for the rich. A system that clearly relies on the incarceration of African American and Latino people for its survival.

Many Rivers to Cross: Giving Up on Bridging the Racial Divide

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Even with a black man in the White House, we're still training our black boys how to be careful out there. I'm sure they're aware of the danger, having watched how some white people have treated that black president for the past few years.

What Amy Chua Didn't Tell You: Why 'The Triple Package' Is Dead Wrong

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Khanh Ho

I'm not here to jump on that bandwagon. I'm here to address one crucial question that Amy Chua does not consider: the uneven starting point that immigrants face when they decide to come to the United States.

What Black Boys in Chicago Can Learn from Shani Davis

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.05.2014 | Chicago
Kelsey Minor

With the Winter Olympics about to kick off in Sochi, I came across Chicago native Shani Davis and I thought what an honest and perfect example to boys of color in a city so hampered down by violence.