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

Melanie L. Campbell | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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?

The Black Photographer: Race and Photography (a Conversation With Brent Lewis)

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Suchitra Vijayan

"I have a reason to do this. I represent a branch of people. When I go somewhere, I represent them. They are not just a story. They know I care, because their story is my story. The light that they are cast on, gets cast on me. I have a responsibility."

Now Is the Time for Attention to Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning, "Alex" and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but I assumed that the black-and-blue marks were par for the course for a guy who played scrimmage football on the weekends.

Has Gentrification of New York's Harlem Neighborhood Stirred Up Prejudice Against LGBTQ Residents?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I'm told that, oddly, the resentment toward white queer people taking up residence in Harlem has been expressed more openly toward black queer people, in the form of homophobic and transphobic slurs and attacks.

50 Years Later, How Can We Help Realize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

African-American talent urgently needs what one diversity expert calls "door-opening relationships" -- powerful links to senior executives willing to put their reputations on the line to promote their protégés all the way to the top.

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?

The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.