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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.

New Study Suggests Breakthrough Method To Help Black Women Maintain Healthy Weight

Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

A new study released today by Duke University finds a new approach for black women to embrace in the battle against obesity. The obesity epidemic ...

I Am Not A Techie

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Women
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Women of all colors are definitely making waves online, but we're still tremendously underrepresented across the tech sector, as professionals, bloggers, entrepreneurs -- you name it.

Give Girls Equal Time in Struggle Against Racism's Real Consequences

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Deborah Jacobs

What is often missing for those well-intentioned people trying to provide greater opportunities for African-American boys is the interconnectivity between the plights of disadvantaged girls and boys.

200 New Orleans Girls 'Imagine A Future'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

Over 200 girls from New Orleans gathered in the city's historic Joy movie theater on Friday to see My Black Is Beautiful's (MBIB) documentary "Imagine...

WATCH: Actresses Tackle The Light Skin Vs. Dark Skin Debate

OWN | Posted 06.26.2013 | OWN

In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is ...

WATCH: What Never To Say To A Dark-Skinned Girl

OWN | Posted 08.24.2013 | OWN

The worst part: it was her mother who said it

WATCH: Why Viola Davis Says Black Actresses Are 'In Crisis Mode'

OWN | Posted 06.21.2013 | OWN

Throughout her acting career on both the stage and in feature films, Viola Davis has captivated audiences and impressed Hollywood colleagues with awar...

WATCH: White Men On Why They Married Black Women

OWN | Posted 08.21.2013 | OWN

Men open up about their interracial marriages

WATCH: The Truth About Gabrielle Union's 'Mean-Girl' Past

OWN | Posted 06.20.2013 | OWN

As a successful Hollywood actress, Gabrielle Union has starred in everything from comedies like "Bring It On" to action films like "Bad Boys II." But,...

Trayvon Martin Is Still 'Our Son,' But What About Our Daughters?

j.n. salters | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While Trayvon's murder sparked much discussion about racism in our country, it should also call attention to sexism, particularly as it intersects with racism to distinctively affect the lives of African-American women.

WATCH: Tyler Perry On The REAL Reason Hollywood Lacks Roles For Black Actresses

OWN | Posted 06.05.2013 | OWN

Hollywood has often been criticized for its lack of consistently available roles for black actresses. As a producer actively creating roles for Africa...

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

Delicious Diva Sasha Allen

Yvonna Russell | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

If you're not watching the NBC's The Voice, you are missing someone special, Sasha Allen. Triple threat talent Sasha is a singer, actress and classic...

A Love Note to Black Mothers on Mother's Day

j.n. salters | Posted 07.12.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

This letter is for my mother. Our mothers. Grandmothers. Aunts. Sisters. And all of the other black women who continue to raise black and brown warriors in this battlefield we call America.

Semper Fabulous: Diahann Carroll

Yvonna Russell | Posted 07.09.2013 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Before Halle was nominated, Kerry Washington got Scandalous, Mrs O. made the List and Beyonce was bootylicious, Diahann Carroll blazed the trail.