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African American Women

7 Adjectives to Accurately Describe Black Women Other Than 'Strong' and 'Independent'

Kara Stevens | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

On one particular Saturday I went to the thrift store in the afternoon, and the radio was playing. "Fellas, call in and tell me two things you love about Black women after the commercial break," the DJ said. My stomach immediately tightened. Even though I hadn't yet heard any of the listeners' perceptions of Black women, I already knew in my gut what they were going to say.

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Many of the condemnations of police brutality have excluded the experiences of black women who have been brutalized in custody. The ongoing media blackout surrounding the case of 13 black women allegedly assaulted by a police officer in Oklahoma City may be the hardest evidence of the devaluation of African-American women's lives.

4 Ways to Kill the 'Strong Black Woman' So You Can Be Happy Again

Kara Stevens | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

If you see a black woman you love running herself ragged to hold everyone down and everything together as primary breadwinner and chief emotional caregiver in the family because of the unrealistic expectations placed on her, please help her by doing the following.

LOOK: Beyond Classically Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

I don't think any of us can forget when a New York Times writer referred to actress Viola Davis as "darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than...

Lady Boss Tracey Edmonds

Yvonna Russell | Posted 12.05.2014 | Entertainment
Yvonna Russell

Margaret Thatcher advises, "Power is like being a lady..if you have to tell people you, you aren't". Producer Tracey Edmonds credits speak for themse...

Are You Being Bullied About Your Hair?

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

Do you feel as if you are being bullied about your hair choices? On one hand, there are Black women and girls who eschew dangerous chemical relaxers and instead rock their God-given afro-textured hair, and often experience bullying as a result.

Giving Thanks: Three Lessons I Lived As a Single Mother

Tai Goodwin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
Tai Goodwin

Growing up in the inner city of Philadelphia, being raised in a single parent home didn't make you stand out. In fact, before my parents divorced, I was an anomaly among my friends: their fathers didn't live at home with them.

Women Can Do Anything Men Can Do, But Here's One Surprising Thing They're Even Better At

Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Bauman, M.D.

Who would have thought that these catchy lyrics from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun would fit so perfectly into a conversation today about women and heart disease?

Mary Lou Williams : The Lady Who Swings With the Band

Yvonna Russell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams once said: "Jazz is love. You have to lay into and let it flow." The love is in flow as filmmaker Carol Bash journeys to complete her full length documentary film "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band" of the legendary diva's life and work.

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

High Rates of Depression Among African-American Women, Low Rates of Treatment

Nia Hamm | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nia Hamm

Because mental health is a taboo subject in the African-American community, black people, and specifically black women, are not only one of the least likely groups to be treated or to seek treatment for depression, they're also less likely than other groups to even acknowledge it as a serious problem

The 5 Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

The movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place.

Black Women Are Already Dead in America

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 11.15.2014 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Even if we ignore black women's grinding poverty, the sky-high rates of HIV infection, and the disproportionate incarceration, the fact is nearly half of all black women have been sexually coerced by the age of 18.

The Definition of Beauty for Black Women Is Still in Flux -- Why?

Beverly Johnson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Beverly Johnson

In the 40 years since I was the first woman of color to appear on the cover of American Vogue, things in the fashion realm have gone through a world of change. And yet at the same time -- unfortunately -- many things have remained the same.

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.

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 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...

African American Women Disproportionately Suffer From the Wage Gap

Linda Meric | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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.