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African American Women

Is This Emmy-Winning Actress Responsible For The Natural Hair Movement?

OWN | Posted 08.06.2014 | OWN

In the '50s and '60s, many African-American women sported smooth, straight hairstyles, from sleek bobs to mile-high bouffants. As an emerging actress,...

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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...

African American Women Disproportionately Suffer From the Wage Gap

Linda Meric | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

It's time for this country to value the work of women of color. It's time to offer equal pay for equal work.

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.

5 Reasons Why Sisterhood Is Important and What We Can Learn From Wonder Woman

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Angela D. Coleman

To call another woman a sister is to say, "I trust you", "I have your back", "Your feelings are valid", and "I believe in you."

In Remembrance of Maya Angelou

Panache Desai | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Panache Desai

There is deep grief when a cultural touchstone such as Maya Angelou passes on, but her death is not an ending. It is an invitation for us to embody the possibility of love, peace, and inspiration within.

Maya Angelou and the Gift of Being Born a Black Woman

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

If you have the privilege of being born a black woman, it is my belief, that it is a part of your divine mission to liberate yourself from all external and internalized oppression and thereby liberate the world.

In Honor of Maya Angelou: The Caged Bird Sung and Sung

David Bedrick | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

In honor of Dr. Maya Angelou, may I say in my own voice, a voice empowered by hers, you are the best we have; each of us are the best we have.

A Modern Day Illegal Immigrant

Martine Kalaw | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Martine Kalaw

I'd spent so much of my life fighting the system, working side-by-side with lawyers and bonding with my fellow undocumented immigrants in community and camaraderie. Becoming American felt like abandoning them.

Belle: A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

Dido Elizabeth Belle was born in 1761 and died in 1804, yet the experiences that this film projects in its illustration of the past bear shocking resemblance to the challenges that black women (and black people) face in the United States today.

Just Jump Through the Fear

Brandice N. Daniel | Posted 07.13.2014 | Style
Brandice N. Daniel

The easy part is conceptualizing, discussing and considering an idea. The most difficult thing you must do is to just jump.

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.

Mental Health and African-American Women

Welansa Asrat, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Welansa Asrat, M.D.

The limited use of mental health services by African-American women suggests that there are too many women who are silently suffering.

7 Lies We Have To Stop Telling About African-American Girls

PolicyMic | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices

In February, President Barack Obama stood before a group of African-American boys (and other boys of color) in the White House to announce his $200 mi...

Viola Davis: From Stealing Food to Survive to Stealing Scenes

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

I had the opportunity to talk to Davis about how she juggles motherhood, the new demands of fame, overcoming ageism and hair-ism in Hollywood and how her life has changed dramatically since The Help.

CDC Locks Out Black Providers in New AIDS Technical Assistance Announcement

Phill Wilson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Black Voices
Phill Wilson

On March 19, the CDC awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations Not one of the new CDC grantees is a Black organization. The effect of this decision is that Black organizations have been locked out of leading technical assistance and capacity building in this country for the next five years.

The Women Who Keep the Good Going

Areva Martin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I love that March marks Women's History Month, and that each year at about the same time, spring awakens me to what's new. I am also reminded of the blessings of old and of what I've received thanks to the many women who've come before me.

A Must-See: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kathleen Buckstaff

I'd reach in my purse -- it's a true woman's purse, deep and full of everything -- and I'd open my notebook. "Here's one quote from the movie I loved. I believe it was from a poem of hers."

Paint the Town Red (and Black) for Heart Disease in Women

Tené T. Lewis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
Tené T. Lewis

Every February, I call my mother, my three sisters and several of my girlfriends to remind them to wear red on National Wear Red Day -- to promote heart disease awareness in women.

Mortgage Cakes

Yvonna Russell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Small Business
Yvonna Russell

A beautiful actress, model and single mother of three sons, Angela had been making ends meet with odd jobs. When the mortgage payment on her Teaneck, N.J., house was due, she used her grandmother's recipe for a cake filled with Red Delicious and Gala apples iced with cream cheese frosting to raise the funds.

Devouring the Forbidden Fruit

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.06.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Naomi Wolf's latest book, Vagina, is my new bible. And yes, this from a licensed spiritual practitioner and former devoted Christian.

Invisible Black Women and the Real Scandal

Stephen Palacios | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Palacios

Saturday night, SNL tried to defuse criticism for its persistent lack of black women comediennes in its cast in the only way it could -- through humor. Kerry Washington hosted, and was forced to play Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce.

Young African-American Women Affected Most by Uterine Fibroids

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Tasha Mitchell

A recent study in the Journal of Women's Health revealed that young African-American women, ages 29-39, suffer the most complications from uterine fibroids. I can relate as I -- and so many other women I know -- have experienced health issues and lifestyle disruptions due to fibroid tumors.

Health Interrupted: 3 Steps to Owning Your Health Now

Fatima Scipio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Fatima Scipio

A week before my wedding, I received a call from my doctor and was told they "saw something" and I needed to get a biopsy! My biopsy was scheduled for a week after my wedding. No honeymoon, Just a trip to the doctor to find out what was going on inside of me.

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.