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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.

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

Why We Must Tell the Untold Story

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Shannon Schuyler

Many, if not most of us, believe that President Barack Obama and high-profile sports, media, and entertainment personalities, such as LeBron James, Beyoncé, Robin Roberts, are exceptions -- the only African Americans making great contributions. Many of us are wrong.

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

Want a Chance to Go Inside Villa Lewaro? Start With a Pledge

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 11.02.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

As the National Trust and the Doley family look ahead to potential new uses for the home, we would also like to extend an offer to supporters of the project -- supporters like you -- to join us for a possible visit.

"Do Big Things": Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.22.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Left: A portrait of Madam Walker; Right: A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter. Written by A'Lelia Bundles Every time I walk throu...

Un-naming the Enslaved

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

In the collections of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a large, leather-bound ledger. Old, unassuming, and rare, its now-faded pages document business transactions that took place almost 250 years ago

The Antidote for 'Anaconda' and Minaj

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.

Ferguson Children Sent Inspiring And Educational Gift

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices

As troubling images of African-Americans are perpetuated in media and as outrage surrounding the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Fergus...

Bristol, R.I.: Sinister Past, Exquisite Present

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Bristol might be one of the most harmonious small towns you'll ever visit. With an abundance of spectacular homes and gardens, this little hard to get to town is now a magnet for destination weddings.

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

Minorities in STEM: Past, Present and Future

George M. Langford | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
George M. Langford

As the demographics in the United States evolve, we as educators must work to increase the number of minority students in these disciplines, disciplines where they remain under represented.

The Space Age, Race and a Quiet Revolution

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Mae Jemison

Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.

How Mississippi Burning Helped Get Justice for Slain Civil Rights Workers

Sir Alan Parker | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sir Alan Parker

Sometimes, a film can inspire others to seek and achieve justice 41 years later for those three, very young men who were murdered on that red-dirt road in Mississippi.

The Apollo Theater and Politics

Ted Fox | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Throughout its history, the theater was always available for special benefit shows, and the Apollo hosted dozens of them.

Mississippi Burning, Reconsidered

Chris Gerolmo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Gerolmo

In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?

Black History is NASA History Too

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.

Is Black Mosque Not Black Enough?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The "Black Mosque" voice and story must be part of the overall narration of black history in this country. This month-long attempt to remember and honor black history cannot be complete and authentic if it continues to selectively highlight certain stories within "black history" and continues to exclude and disregard others.

Who's Afraid of Black History?

Joe Brewster | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Joe Brewster

Slavery is a notoriously fraught subject for Americans to navigate, but for Black students -- particularly those in predominately white school settings -- all of American history can feel riddled with landmines, even during Black History Month.

Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

The Black Pearl

Ana Nance | Posted 03.26.2014 | Travel
Ana Nance

A Cypress tree takes a bow as a cat crosses the street, then stops in its tracks lifting its back leg to scratch his belly with absolutely no care in ...

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

Boardwalk Empire's Negro Problem: Creative License With DuBois and Garvey

Nsenga Burton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

It is painful to think that the first introduction that some viewers are having to W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey is through the lens of this television show, however brilliant the writing, cinematography and acting.

Black Films Take Center Stage at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This year the footprint black films and artists have left behind is resoundingly deeper, bigger and better than ever before. Especially when you consider that director Steven McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a graphic and compelling allegory about slavery, has won the festival's prestigious People's Choice Award.

Hair Healing for All the Little Tianas

Jessica Joseph | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices
Jessica Joseph

Mothers, tanties and teachers: It breaks my heart to tell you this but you unknowingly slipped something toxic in your home-cooked chicken soup for the soul and fed it to your daughters and granddaughters. You told us that in order to enter woman-hood and embrace all the beauty that comes with it, we must undergo a painful rite of passage called the chemical relaxer, perm or hot comb.