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The 2014 Elections and the Future of Black America

William Lynch III | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Lynch III

No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Finding One's Voice: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Obama: Ferguson Highlights Need For More Black Youth Mentorship. Here's Who Is Stepping Up

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact

President Obama delivered remarks addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday, using the volatile situation to discuss initiatives aiming ...

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

My Brother's Keeper Is a Great Fathers' Day Gift for Our Children

Melanie L. Campbell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Melanie L. Campbell

When President Obama announced his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, the Black Women's Roundtable was present to witness this historic announcement during Black History Month. We remember vividly the air of excitement and anticipation that reverberated in the room, on social media and across the country.

Kara Walker's Sphinx Is A Missed Opportunity

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

Many recognize Kara Walker's The Subtlety as a fascinating sphinx built in the image of a "Mammy" like caricature. The sphinx, which is made of sugar, is successful in that it's jarring.

Israel and the Blessed Unrest

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Christina M. Martínez

Fifteen seconds will never mean the same to me again.

Military's Ban on Nappy Hair

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

African American female servicemembers comprise the highest percentage of women in the military.

Paving the Way for Girls to Reconsider Beauty

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

And while toy production is a multi-billion-dollar business, there are still questions all around about how much this industry is meeting demand. That's where Dr. Lisa and her company Positively Perfect, comes in.

Why Doing a Google Search Can Be So Damaging

Kelley Raleigh | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Kelley Raleigh

Have you ever Googled yourself and clicked on the images tab? What if you google something you like or want to know more about, click on the images ta...

Making Way for Jackie Robinson: The Quiet Fight of the Brown Bomber

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

It's that time of the year when we honor Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 20th century. While he appreciated the sentiment, Robinson often recalled he was not the only black pioneer in sports.

Richard Stuart Perkins Discusses Race, Photography and Throwing Men Over His Shoulder (NSFW PHOTOS)

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Richard Stuart Perkins makes for an easy interview. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the filmmaker and photographer recently. He's talented, sweet, and charming. (It's a shame you don't get to hear his contagious laugh.) We touched on some heavy and important topics.

You Won't Believe What I Learned From Our Black Elders

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Being older, it's even worse. People see you as an easy target, like you can't defend yourself because maybe you use a cane and walk a little slower or trust too easily."

How Can You Unlock the Diversity Dividend?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

January 15, 2014 would have marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday. It's a reminder to us to see how far we've come in promoting equal opportunities no matter what one's race, ethnicity, gender or religion -- and how far we still have to go.

Robin Roberts Loosens the Grip of Black Homophobia

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While I will continue to argue that the African American community doesn't have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. Bl...

No, She Didn't! Affirmative Action and Alumni Admissions Reps

Jim Downs | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Jim Downs

This whole process of alumni admissions representatives is fundamentally flawed and unwittingly furthers forms of privilege that we on campus and within the academy attempt to eradicate.

Two Light-Skinned Black Women Detail The Prejudice They Face

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

On a recent episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," Iyanla Vanzant joined Oprah to discuss the issue of colorism, the prejudices people can face based on the ...

Santa for Colored Girls

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

This man we idolized should have looked more like me. Or, rather, like my father. Because that's who he had been all along.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

Thirteen Years in the Making: Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster Talk About Their Film American Promise

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.06.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

One of the enduring hopes of the digital age is that technology can break down the barriers between peoples and races. A film thirteen years in the making, American Promise follows two African-American boys from first grade through high-school, showing the challenges and opportunities young black men face in today's education system.

A Treatise on the Cold

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 02.01.2014 | Black Voices
Mawuena Akyea

Why does it seem that Africans always migrate to cold-ass places? There is a huge Somali population in Minnesota, the Bronx might as well rename itself little Ghana, Ethiopians do their thing in DC and I'm from Wisconsin. Did we all just miss the memo on Miami and L.A?

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.

Fatherhood Within Reach for Formerly Homeless Men

Harriet McDonald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

How do we encourage men to be true fathers to their children, especially in minority communities where poverty is most extreme, where hopelessness often trumps possibilities?